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This evidence-based 8-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.

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Session Content/Overview:

  • Session 1:  Introduction & Psychoeducation
    Identifying normal vs. clinically significant anxiety; understanding childhood anxiety (as distinct from adult anxiety); rationale behind and evidence for working with parents 
  • Session 2:  Increasing Support
    Defining supportive remarks and behaviors; examining parents’ habits and historic barriers to support
  • Session 3: Charting Accommodation
    Identifying current accommodations (parent- and family-based) and motivations behind such; increasing parental awareness of accommodations
  • Session 4: Choosing a Target
    Defining which parental behavior(s) to modify, so as to effectively reduce parental accommodation and childhood anxiety
  • Session 5: Making a Plan
    Creating a detailed and specific plan for change; “stress-testing” your plan
  • Session 6: Informing Your Child
    Crafting an intentional message for sharing with your child; responding to your child’s reaction(s)
  • Session 7: Implementation
    Implementing your plan!  Monitoring parental behavior; troubleshooting concerns; reviewing the role of praise
  • Session 8: Additional Targets & Moving Forward
    Choosing subsequent and future targets; increasing parental autonomy; reviewing resources for additional/future support
This group is for parents only (children may not attend) and will meet once-weekly.  Format will include didactic discussion, written materials, paired shares, 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.