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Helping Students Overcome Social Anxiety

Skills for Academic and Social Success (SASS)

Carrie Masia Warner, Daniela Colognori, and Chelsea Lynch

A Paperback Originale-bookprint + e-book
A Paperback Original
March 7, 2018
ISBN 9781462534609
Price: $36.00
241 Pages
Size: 8" x 10½"
February 5, 2018
ePub and PDF ?
Price: $36.00
241 Pages
print + e-book
A Paperback Original + e-Book (ePub and PDF) ?
Price: $72.00 $39.60
241 Pages

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NASP Communiqué

Social anxiety disorder causes significant distress and academic impairment for many adolescents. This unique book gives front-line school professionals innovative, easy-to-use tools for identifying and intervening with socially anxious students in grades 6–12. It presents Skills for Academic and Social Success (SASS), a school-based intervention with demonstrated effectiveness. Case examples and sample scripts demonstrate how to implement psychoeducation, cognitive strategies, social skills training, exposure, and relapse prevention with groups and individual students. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the book includes 22 reproducible handouts. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

This title is part of The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by Sandra M. Chafouleas.

“For any practitioner who has struggled with helping adolescents conquer school-based anxiety, Helping Students Overcome Social Anxiety: Skills for Academic and Social Success is a clear, comprehensive guide that can be a serious game-changer….Both novice and seasoned school psychologists can find something of value here….The book is highly recommended to anyone who seeks to understand and treat anxious teens at school.”

NASP Communiqué

“Until now, there has not been a good resource to assist school practitioners in addressing the highly prevalent problem of social anxiety in adolescents. Based on a solid foundation of evidence-based practices, this definitive book supplies critically needed guidance. Within a response-to-intervention framework, the authors show how to identify social anxiety, develop and implement interventions, provide schoolwide education, promote generalization of skills, and involve parents to increase their understanding and supportiveness. Without question, this book will be widely used in schools and will be an invaluable resource for graduate education. It also will help to fuel an interconnected training, practice, research, and policy agenda to reduce the impacts of social anxiety and improve students’ school success. Kudos to the authors!”

—Mark D. Weist, PhD, Clinical–Community and School Psychology Programs, University of South Carolina

“This outstanding book provides state-of-the-art intervention strategies for helping adolescents overcome social anxiety. It is incredibly timely, given that anxiety problems in youth are common and interfere significantly with academic, social, and family functioning. The book will be invaluable for professionals working to identify and address social anxiety in the school setting. Written by leaders in the field, this is a premier guide for promoting teens' psychological well-being and school performance.”

—Donna B. Pincus, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University

“As a mental health professional working in public schools for over 15 years, I have witnessed how debilitating social anxiety can become for students. It adversely impacts students and their families and can have long-term negative implications for school performance. This 'must-read' book provides practitioners and educators with a blueprint for a collaborative treatment approach that can help adolescents achieve their full potential in social situations, school, and life.”

—Dawn M. McNichol, MA, school psychologist, Madison Public Schools, New Jersey

“Masia Warner, Colognori, and Lynch have done an outstanding job presenting their well-supported approach, and have done so in a remarkably reader-friendly fashion. The school setting is exactly where we need to be treating adolescents with social anxiety. This much-needed book offers a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and experience. Full of proven strategies, techniques, and case illustrations, this first-rate work is essential reading for school-based personnel and mental health professionals working to combat social anxiety in kids.”

—Jonathan Comer, PhD, Department of Psychology, Florida International University

“This book offers an engaging introduction to social anxiety and its prevention and intervention. It is well suited for a range of prospective and practicing school-based mental health providers. The case examples and session resources help the reader translate complex concepts in research and intervention into practical strategies that are highly applicable in school settings. With its clear and explicit descriptions, scripts, and reproducible tools, this is an excellent guide for professionals delivering evidence-based mental health services to adolescents in schools.”

—Sally L. Grapin, PhD, NCSP, Department of Psychology, Montclair State University

Table of Contents

I. Recognizing and Addressing Social Anxiety at School

1. What Is Social Anxiety?

2. Why Treat Social Anxiety at School?

3. Identifying Students Struggling with Social Anxiety

II. Promoting Skills for Academic and Social Success (SASS)

4. Educating Teenagers about Social Anxiety

5. Socially Anxious Thinking 101

6. Realistic Thinking

7. Go Ahead, Start the Conversation

8. Maintaining Conversations and Extending Invitations

9. The Secret to Meaningful Conversations: Listening to What Others Say

10. Your Needs Matter: Learn to Speak Up!

11. Facing Your Fears: Creating a Fear Ladder

12. Climbing the Ladder: Exposure Practice in School

III. Supplementary Strategies

13. Getting Parents Involved: How Can They Help?

14. School Social Events and Peer Facilitators

15. Classroom Strategies for Teachers

IV. Other Practical and Clinical Considerations

16. The Nuts and Bolts of Helping Anxious Students at School: Putting It All Together

17. Applying Intervention Skills to Other Anxiety Concerns

18. Keep It Up!: Ways to Maintain Student Progress

About the Authors

Carrie Masia Warner, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Research Scientist at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center. Dr. Masia Warner is an expert in pediatric anxiety disorders and school implementation of evidence-based interventions. She has systematically developed and evaluated interventions for children and adolescents in community settings, with a focus on enhancing the identification and treatment of teenagers with social anxiety and training front-line school professionals. She has published over 65 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Daniela Colognori, PsyD, is Clinical Director of the Tourette Syndrome Clinic at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is also a founding partner at Specialized Psychological Services, a private clinical practice, where she provides cognitive-behavioral therapy for individuals with anxiety, mood, tic, and body-focused repetitive behavior disorders. Dr. Colognori’s research interests and publications focus on improving access to evidence-based interventions for youth with anxiety and mood disorders through partnerships with schools.

Chelsea Lynch, MA, is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Florida State University (FSU). She worked in the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Child Study Center on a randomized clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of counselor-delivered cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety in schools. Ms. Lynch has also worked in clinical outpatient, residential, and forensic settings. She currently conducts psychological assessments and provides evidence-based psychological treatment to adults and youth in the community as a student therapist in the FSU Psychology Clinic. Her research interests include evaluating psychological risk factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of co-occurring psychological disorders.


School and child clinical psychologists, counselors, and social workers working with students ages 11–17 (grades 6–12); also of interest to administrators.

Course Use

May serve as a primary or supplemental text in graduate-level courses such as Counseling Interventions, Behavioral Interventions, and School Mental Health Promotion and Prevention.