New York, NY
Parents of children with anxiety or OCD related disorders in grades 2-7. Must be residents of New York or New Jersey.
Starting mid-June. Tuesday evenings - 90 minute group. 7 weeks. Parents are expected to commit to the entire program.
This 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.
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
Talya Kook , PsyD
Psychologist & Child/Adolescent Program Director
New York, N.Y.
Alison Haar, PsyD
New York, NY