Powhatan School is pleased to announce that Dr. Jonathan Dalton will be on campus on Wednesday, March 6 to speak with families and students on the topic of anxiety in schools.  This continues Innovator’s Series in which topical speakers in education come to campus to address our community, faculty, and students. Dr. Dalton will speak to our parent community at 8:45 AM in the Niemann Auditorium.  Later in the afternoon, Dr. Dalton will deliver a developmentally appropriate talk to students in grades 5-8.

Anxiety and our Youth

Dr. Dalton’s presentation will focus on evidence-based strategies that parents may use to help children navigate their life in our unprecedented era of anxiety.  Dr. Dalton will highlight the current context of anxiety in school communities. For example, 38% of girls and 26% of boys will meet the criteria for at least one anxiety disorder prior to their 18th birthday. In addition, teens today are between 5 to 8 times more likely to show signs of an anxiety disorder than their same aged-peers did during the Great Depression, WWII, and the Vietnam war.  While this rise in child and teen anxiety is influenced by a variety of societal and cultural forces, Dr. Dalton will address practical steps for families to both prevent the development of anxiety disorders and to help children struggling with anxiety.

Please plan to join us for the session at 8:45 AM on Wednesday, March 6.  A brief biography for Dr. Dalton is included below.

Dr. Dalton’s Biography:

Dr. Dalton is a licensed psychologist, public speaker, and author who founded the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change (CABC) in Rockville, MD, which is a private treatment center dedicated to using evidence-based treatment for patients with anxiety disorders. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Villanova University, a master’s degree in psychology from The Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fordham University with a specialization in child and family psychology. He completed two years of pre-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – Kennedy Krieger Institute, and advanced postdoctoral training at the Maryland Center for Anxiety Disorders at the University of Maryland. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents with a particular focus on anxiety-based school refusal.   He frequently provides training to other mental health professionals and presents to community organizations.