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Parent-Based Treatment for Child Anxiety Disorders with Eli Lebowitz, Ph.D.

  • 09/21/2023
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Virtual


  • Includes 2 CE Credits - members from all regions (not just PA) are welcome. Past members, be sure membership renewal is up to date!
  • Includes 2 CE Credits (see event announcement for details if you practice outside of PA)

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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.


 Following this virtual workshop, participants will be able to:

1.) Explain associations between family accommodation and child anxiety

2.) Describe tools to reduce family accommodation and increase parental support

About Presenter

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

Target Audience

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.

Continuing Education

  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • This program provides two (2) hours of CE credits for psychologists: This includes psychologists licensed in all states, including of New York.
  • PBTA is also an authorized provider of CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • If you do not practice in PA & are not certain about whether or not CE credits from an APA-sponsored CE provider meets criteria for ongoing education,  please inquire with your respective licensing board to confirm. PBTA does not currently offer CE to non-psychologists licensed in the state of NY.
  • APA guidelines do not permit PBTA to issue partial CE credits. No refunds are provided for CE programs. No exceptions allowed.
  • Contact if you need any learning accommodations no later than one week before event.
  • All events are Eastern Time Zone

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