GP CPD Course (4 ICGP points) - Anxiety in Children

What is normal and pathological anxiety, what and how to treat at Primary Care, when to refer on, and where to refer. Plus quick screening tools for autism.

Anxiety in Children

In the first of a series of CPD courses on Paediatric Mental Health and Neurodevelopment, this course focuses on the growing problem of anxiety in the paediatric population. This course focuses on practical tools for GPs to use at Primary Care including:

  • What is normal vs pathological anxiety?
  • What and how to treat at Primary Care?
  • When to refer on, and where to refer? Directory of services with contact details
  • Quick screening tools for autism to help make the correct referral


Your Instructor


Rosemary Keane PhD  DPscyh Sc (Clin Psych)
Rosemary Keane PhD DPscyh Sc (Clin Psych)

Dr. Rosemary Keane is a Senior Clinical Psychologist at Beuamont Hospital. Rose has a number of years of experience working with a broad range of different clinical groups across the lifespan.

She completed clinical training (Doctorate in Psychological Science) at University College Dublin (UCD). As part of this her doctoral thesis focused on emotional over- and under-control in adults with psychiatric difficulties and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)/Radically Open DBT informed group interventions. Rose also has a PhD in Psychology (National University of Ireland, Galway) focusing on acceptance in chronic pain from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework.

Rose is passionate about working together with individuals and families to understand the biopsychosocial factors affecting behaviour and functioning and compassionately applying evidence based and personalised interventions. She has a special interest in applications of functional QEEG assessment and neurofeedback training. Rose is also a member of Mental Health Advisory Board of the charity A Lust For Life.


Course Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Understanding Anxiety 1 - Prevalence, Signs & Symptoms
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  Understanding Anxiety 2 - The Biopsychosocial Model
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  Understanding Anxiety 3 - Behaviours, Emotions, Actions & Thoughts
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  Understanding Anxiety 4 - Neuroscience of Anxiety
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  Treating Anxiety - Managing Adult Responses to Children
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  When to Refer? Normal vs Pathological Anxiety
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  Resource 1: Youth Mental Health in the Time of Covid-19 (4 pages)
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  Resource 2: Digital Media, Anxiety and Depression in Children (7 pages)
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  Resource 3: Who are my Local Referring Team? Database of contact numbers and addresses
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  Resource 4: Quick Screening Tool for ASD
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  Final Assessment: As per ICGP guidelines, you must achieve a grade of at least 80% in this quiz to successfully gain the allotted 4 CPD points.
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What is the content like?
There are nine short lectures (in audio format as well as PDF slides) delivered by Dr. Rosemary Keane, Senior Clinical Psychologist and Dr. Michael Keane, Behavioural Neuroscientist. There are then two short papers to read and an assessment consisting of series of True/False statements. Understanding Anxiety 1 - Prevalence Signs & Symptoms (12:52) Understanding Anxiety 2 - The Biopsychosocial Model (16:05) Understanding Anxiety 3 - Behaviours, Emotions, Actions & Thoughts (13:16) Understanding Anxiety 4 - Neuroscience of anxiety (11:02) Treating Anxiety in Primary Care 1 - CAN DO 1 (19:31) Treating Anxiety in Primary Care 1 - CAN DO 2 (16:01) Treating Anxiety in Primary Care 1 - CAN DO 3 (20:55) When to Refer? Normal vs Pathological Anxiety (20:43)
Is the course accredited for CPD points from the ICGP?
Yes, the course is accredited for 4 CPD points from the ICGP.
How long will the course take?
You can complete the course within a half day, but you don't have to complete it all in one go. You can pick up where you left off when you log back in.
What format is the material in? Can I listen on my phone?
You can listen to the material via our podcasts on your phone or computer, and/or you may chose to read the slides alongside this. There are two short papers (4 pages and 7 pages) which you must also read at the end. Assessment is carried out by an MCQ after each lecture, plus a series of True/False statements at the end of the course. As per ICGP guidelines, you must achieve a grade of at least 80% to successfully complete the course for CPD points.
How do I get my certificate of completion?
Once you complete the course, there will be a button to download your certificate. This must be done on a desktop computer or laptop. You can then send this to the ICGP for your CPD points.

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