Medical anxiety impacts children with chronic medical conditions, children with minor or acute illnesses or injuries, and healthy children. Attendees will gain insight into the developmental needs of children experiencing medical anxiety and play therapy tools to enhance their practice.
Define medical anxiety as it compares to the DSM 5 diagnosis of Blood-Injection-Injury phobia.
Discuss case studies highlighting needs of children with medical anxiety impacted by acute illnesses and injuries and those with chronic medical conditions.
Explore therapeutic play therapy activities utilized with children with medical anxiety to promote coping and discuss strategies to support parental advocacy and collaboration with the medical team.