Supporting Parents Through Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)

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Supporting Parents Through Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)

SPACE is a parent-based treatment program for children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD, and related problems. The treatment was developed by Dr. Eli Lebowitz at the Yale Child Study Center and has been tested and found to be efficacious in randomized controlled clinical trials.

SPACE Treatment

Parents who participate in SPACE will learn skills and tools to help their child overcome anxiety, OCD or related problems. The treatment focuses on changes that parents can make to their own behavior, they do not need to make their child change. The two main changes that parents learn to make in SPACE treatment are to respond more supportively to their anxious child and to reduce the accommodations they have been making to the child symptoms. Parents (and other caregivers) participate in SPACE treatment sessions. In most cases the child or adolescent does not need to attend the treatment sessions.

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SPACE treatment can be done exclusively with parents, or in tandem with your children being involved in individual treatment. Your therapist may be SPACE certified, or trained in the model, and incorporate it into treatment with your child.