Parenting Anxious Kids:
— How to Help Parents Gets Their Children to do the Impossible —
March 27, 2020 1p.m. – 4p.m.
Parents have a critical role to play in the treatment of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Research has shown that parental involvement in therapy is predictive of significantly better treatment outcomes. Parental participation in treatment is instrumental to helping children/teens to learn the skills to manage anxiety and practice them outside of therapy to expedite symptom reduction and the achievement of positive gains. This presentation will highlight key areas of parental psychoeducation, outline the establishment and implementation of a rewards and consequences system, describe how to train parents in successfully conducting at-home exposures, assist parents with extricating themselves from participating in compulsions and other safety behaviors that fuel anxiety, and handle oppositional, tantrum, or other negative anxiety-related behavior. Finally, this presentation will address questions and concerns frequently posed by parents.