Currently in session (Sept-Nov 2021)

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  • Next Start Date: TBD
  • Meets for 9 consecutive Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Facilitators: Kristen Ohlenforst, PhD and Sarah Horton, PhD
  • Format: Virtual
  • Cost: $120 per family per session (i.e., $1,080 in total)
This evidence-based 9-week treatment program is for parents of children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, OCD, and related disorders.  

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.

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

  • Session 4: Making a Plan
    Creating a detailed and specific plan for change; “stress-testing” your plan.
  • Session 5: Informing Your Child
    Crafting an intentional message for sharing with your child; responding to your child’s reaction(s).
  • Session 6: Implementation
    Implementing your plan!  Monitoring parental behavior; troubleshooting concerns; reviewing the role of praise.

phase III:

modifying and enhancing plans;
strategies for moving forward

  • Session 7: Processing & Trouble-shooting
    Reviewing and modifying implemented plans to enhance success and reduce childhood anxiety.
  • Sessions 8 and 9: Additional Targets & Moving Forward
    Choosing subsequent and future targets; increasing parental autonomy; reviewing resources for additional/future support.

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