Robin Alter, PhD, CPsych, received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She received her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She has been working in children's mental health in Toronto, ON, Canada, since 1980. Alter has been employed by two of the largest children's mental health centers in the Toronto area for over thirty-four years-the Hincks Dellcrest Children's Centre and Blue Hills Child and Family Centre. She also works with Anishnawbe Health Toronto, providing fetal alcohol assessments for the people of the First Nations community. She has taught psychology at York University and maintains a private practice with Alter Stuckler and Associates in Thornhill, Ontario. She is trustee with the Psychology Foundation of Canada. Alter gives many public lectures to parent groups, teachers, and principals, and has been on numerous radio and television programs talking about children's mental health issues. She is author of Anxiety and the Gift of Imagination and is the anxiety expert for the ABC's of Mental Health website.
Crystal H. Clarke, MSW, RSW, received her undergraduate social work degree from Memorial University of
Newfoundland in Canada. In addition to her employment as a social worker with child, youth, and family services in the city of St. John's, NL, Candada, Clarke supported foster families across the province from 2007 to 2009 through her involvement on the board of the Foster Families Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. Clarke received her master's degree in social work at the University of Toronto, where she specialized in clinical practice with children and families, as well as completed the collaborative program in addiction studies. In 2009, Clarke became involved with the Hincks Dellcrest Centre, one of the largest children's mental health centers in Toronto, where she continues to be employed as a child and family therapist. Additionally, Clarke maintains her own private practice, Clarke Psychotherapy, in Toronto. Clarke was appointed as an adjunct lecturer for the Factor Inwentash School of Social Work at the University of Toronto in 2015. She is also committed to continually expanding her own field of knowledge in the area of
mental health through her studies at the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, where she has completed the psychoanalytic psychotherapy program, and is continuing to pursue the four year post graduate training program in psychoanalysis.
"The Anxiety Workbook for Kids is very child-friendly and engaging. It offers children and adolescents concrete and effective strategies for calming their fears and taking control of their lives. The workbook provides helpful techniques for children to become the bosses of their imagination so it serves them well. Children who use this workbook will undoubtedly master their worries, feel more positive about themselves and their lives, and interact more confidently with others. The Anxiety Workbook for Kids is a must-have for any therapist or counselor working with children, and for any family concerned about a child with anxiety."
--Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, Emory University; 2014 president of the American Psychological Association
"With inventive illustrations and activities, Alter and Clarke excel at explaining worry and cognitive-behavioral strategies to young readers. Whether a child's worries are improbable or impossible, readers will benefit from these practical tools which engage the strength of imagination. A great resource for kids as well as parents and teachers."
--Andrea Umbach, PsyD, clinical psychologist and author of Conquer Your Fears and Phobias for Teens
"The Anxiety Workbook for Kids provides families with a wonderful tool for helping the growing number of children experiencing problems of anxiety: the child's own imagination. Robin Alter and Crystal Clarke have created a much-needed resource that is not just thoroughly engaging, but extremely beneficial."
--Stuart Shanker, distinguished research professor of philosophy and psychology at York University