Family accommodation of child anxiety refers to changes parents make in their own behavior aimed at reducing or alleviating child anxiety-related distress. Though well intentioned, family accommodation has been consistently linked to more severe anxiety, greater impairment, and worse treatment outcomes. SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) is a parent-based treatment for child anxiety and related disorders that focuses on systematically reducing family accommodation and increasing supportive parental responses that convey acceptance of the child’s distress along with confidence in the child’s ability to tolerate distress.
This presentation will present the scientific rationale and evidence base for SPACE, including outcome data from randomized clinical trials. Data will include measures of child anxiety as well as other behavioral and biological markers of change. The presentation will introduce the key components of SPACE treatment and illustrate them using clinical anecdotes and vignettes.
CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) Learning Objectives
Following this virtual workshop, participants will be able to:
1.) Explain associations between family accommodation and child anxiety
Eli Lebowitz, Ph.D. studies and treats childhood and adolescent anxiety and is Director of the Program for Anxiety Disorders at the Yale Child Study Center. His research focuses on the development, neurobiology, and treatment of anxiety and related disorders, with special emphasis on cross-generational and familial influences in these disorders. Dr. Lebowitz is the lead investigator on multiple funded research projects, and is the author of numerous research papers and of books and chapters on childhood and adolescent anxiety. He is also the father of three great boys. To read more about him and his work visit https://medicine.yale.edu/profile/eli-lebowitz/
This presentation is intended for licensed mental health professionals and advanced graduate student trainees seeking licensure and with some clinical experience. The instructional level of this presentation is BEGINNER.
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