Understanding Differences Between Homesickness, Separation Anxiety and Normal Anxiety

This webinar provides an introduction to childhood anxiety, both normal and extreme, and how those anxieties might affect the experiences of youth campers.   The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that pediatricians are seeing rising levels of anxiety in their patients; educators are seeing higher levels of anxiety in parents.  Dr. Thompson will help camp directors and staff who may find themselves in the position of distinguishing between bad cases of homesickness and severe levels of separation anxiety disorder, while also talking to highly anxious parents on the phone.

In this webinar, participants will:

  1. Acquire a working knowledge of the major diagnoses in childhood anxiety disorders,
  2. Understand the research literature on homesickness,
  3. Learn to discriminate between various states of anxiety in children, and
  4. Identify patterns of homesickness.
Michael Thompson, Ph.D.


ACA members: $35, Non-Members: $70

Presenter Bio(s)

Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a psychologist, family therapist and school and camp consultant. He is the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boysand the recently published Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow. He has consulted to or spoken at more than 700 schools in the U.S. and around the world.