Registration now open!

  • Next Start Date: February 16, 2022
  • Meets for 9 consecutive* Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:15pm (*exception: Spring Break week)
  • Co-facilitated by:
  • Format: Virtual
  • Fee: $120 per family per session (i.e., $1,080 in total)
To inquire, click below button or e-mail info@therapydallas.com
Overview:

This evidence-based 9-week treatment program is for parents of children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, OCD, and related disorders.  We offer this group multiple times throughout the year — typically starting in Feb/Mar and Sept/Oct, and at other times in response to interest/demand.

Developed by the Yale Child Studies Center, this treatment is shown to reduce child/adolescent anxiety by means of providing parents with effective strategies for (1) responding more supportively to their anxious child, while (2) reducing the accommodations they have been making to their child’s symptoms.  When SPACE treatment is successful, parents feel more equipped with tools to help their child overcome anxiety, OCD, and related problems; simultaneously, children feel less anxious and function better following treatment.

This group is for parents only (children may not attend) and will meet once-weekly.  Format will include didactic discussion, written materials, and group-based processing.  Concurrent drop-in “Consultation Hours” (for an additional fee) will be available for parents seeking additional guidance/specificity.  Group size is limited to allow for individualized support within the group setting; inquire now by clicking blue button above.

Session Dates:
  • February 16, 23
  • March 2, 9, 23, 30
  • April 6, 13, 20

overview & session content

phase i:

understanding accommodation and increasing support

  • Session 1:  Introduction & Increasing Support
    Understanding childhood anxiety (as distinct from adult anxiety); rationale behind and evidence for working with parents.  Defining supportive remarks and behaviors; examining parents’ habits and historic barriers to support.
  • Session 2: Charting Accommodation
    Identifying current accommodations (parent- and family-based) and motivations behind such; increasing parental awareness of accommodations.
  • Session 3: Choosing a Target
    Defining which parental behavior(s) to modify, so as to effectively reduce parental accommodation and childhood anxiety.

phase II:

strategically modifying parent behaviors

  • Sessions 4: Making a Plan
    Creating a detailed and specific plan for change; “stress-testing” your plan.
  • Sessions 5: Preparing for Obstacles
    Anticipating your child’s reactions and crafting thoughtful, consistent responses
  • Session 6: Informing Your Child
    Crafting an intentional message for sharing with your child; responding to your child’s reaction(s).

phase III:

implementing & enhancing plans;
strategies for moving forward

  • Session 7: Implementation
    Implementing your plan!  Monitoring parental behavior; troubleshooting concerns; reviewing the role of praise.
  • Session 8: Processing & Trouble-shooting
    Reviewing and modifying implemented plans to enhance success and reduce childhood anxiety.
  • Sessions 9: Additional Targets & Moving Forward
    Choosing subsequent and future targets; increasing parental autonomy; reviewing resources for additional/future support.

Facilitators:

Dr. Ohlenforst has worked with children, adolescents, and adults throughout her training at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Stanford School of Medicine. As founder and Clinical Director of Therapy Dallas, she specializes in evidence-based individual and family-based interventions for children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and behavioral difficulties.

Dr. Horton has worked with children, adolescents, and adults throughout her training at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Hospital.  She specializes in evidence-based individual and family-based interventions for anxiety, depression, suicidality, and nonsuicidal self-injury.   

Want to read more about SPACE?

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Click here for an article on the efficacy/outcomes of SPACE Parent Groups.