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Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions

(SPACE Parenting Training)

SPACE stands for Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions, and is a training for parents who are struggling to effectively support the growth and progress of their anxious child or teen.

Often as parents, we accommodate for our child’s anxiety to help alleviate their distress in the moment (e.g., by providing frequent reassurances and accepting avoidance coping strategies). However, we know in the treatment of anxiety, that the more anxiety is accommodated for, the more it gets reinforced over time. It’s easy to get stuck in the worry-avoidance cycle with our child. In an average of 12 sessions, SPACE training focuses on what we can do as parents to shift this cycle.

Specifically, SPACE is designed to provide parents with the skills and tools to help them feel less stuck in their child’s anxious patterns, and to help facilitate their child’s courage and resiliency in the face of emotional triggers.

Some of the main difficulties treated with SPACE include:

  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Separation Anxiety
  • School refusal
  • Social Anxiety
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Selective Mutism
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

The clinical outcomes for parent SPACE training is promising, as it’s shown to be equal to other gold standards of anxiety treatment such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The advantage of SPACE training is that it can be implemented by parents of very young child and for children and teens who refuse to engage in therapy sessions themselves.

If you are a parent/caregiver interested in completing SPACE training, please contact us to discuss further.

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