SPACE Training – A 7-Week Group for Parents of Anxious Children

SPACE Training – A 7-Week Group for Parents of Anxious Children

Intended For

Parents of children with anxiety or OCD related disorders. Must be residents of New York state.


Taking names for future group. Group will be scheduled when there is sufficient interest.

This ‘virtual’ group is designed for parents of children who struggle with anxiety or OCD related disorders, and will be based on the concepts of SPACE: Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions. The group will be delivered via ZOOM.

The group will take place in 90 minute sessions for a period of 7 weeks. Parents are expected to commit to the entire program. We are currently taking names of interested participants, and will schedule the group when there is sufficient interest.

SPACE was developed at the Yale Child Study Center by Dr. Eli Lebowitz, and is a systematic program that teaches parents how to change their own behavior so that they can best support and respond to their child’s anxiety. By reducing an ‘accommodating’ approach to a child’s anxiety, parents are able to engage in a manner that ultimately enhances the child’s ability to cope with anxious thoughts and feelings.

The goal of the group is to jumpstart a change in family behavior by teaching parents how best to respond to their anxious child. Family accommodation is a way that some parents engage with their children in order to decrease their anxiety. Instead of helping your child avoid anxiety-provoking stimuli, you’ll learn new ways to engage that encourage confronting, rather than avoiding their fears. We will help parents take the initial steps in confronting their own accommodating behaviors towards their child’s rituals and anxious routines.

This group works best for people who are engaged in treatment already with an individual therapist.

You can expect to:

  • gain confidence in parenting your anxious child
  • develop the tools to effectively address your child’s anxiety
  • reduce some of your own accommodating behaviors

If you are interested in this SPACE group, please contact us at: or call 212-337-0600 ext. 212. The group is currently only open to residents of New York state. When there is sufficient interest, the group will be scheduled. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with one of our SPACE trained therapists, please call our New York or Virginia offices. Learn more about SPACE treatment here or watch an interview with Dr. Lebowitz.


  • Talya Kook , PsyD

    Psychologist & Child/Adolescent Program Director

    New York, N.Y.

  • Alison Haar, PsyD


    New York, NY

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