Treating Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety A Guide for Caregivers

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-13
  • Publisher: Wiley

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"Lebowitz and Omer have taken the latest and most relevant scientific research and synthesized it into an essential read for caregivers of anxious children. Treating Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety: A Guide for Caregivers provides an 'inside look' at the nuts and bolts of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for childhood anxiety—the treatment of choice among leading researchers and experts. The book is filled with analogies, examples, and practical advice that professionals and parents will refer back to over and over again."
—Candice A. Alfano, PhD; Director, Sleep and Anxiety Center for Kids (SACK) Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Houston

Practical real-life solutions for children living with anxiety

Focusing on the special role of the caregiver in achieving successful treatment

Focusing on the treatment of childhood anxiety, both in one-on-one therapist to child treatment and within the family, Treating Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety: A Guide for Caregivers adopts an integrated approach presenting novel strategies to help mental health professionals and families create change and momentum in otherwise stagnant situations.

This empowering guide offers practical, evidence-based, and theory-driven strategies for helping children to overcome anxiety, even if they resist treatment. Uniquely providing concrete advice for both the therapeutic and home environment, this insightful book covers:

  • What to do when anxiety takes over the family
  • School phobia and school refusal
  • Working with highly dependent young adults
  • Parental support and protection
  • Creating and maintaining family boundaries
  • A walk-through of The Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) Program
  • Cognitive, behavioral, physiological, and emotion-based tools for treating anxiety
  • Medication for childhood anxiety

Author Biography

Eli R. Lebowitz, PhD is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center. His research and clinical work focus on childhood anxiety and the family systems of children suffering from anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. He has published a successful book for parents on anxiety in children and is the author of several scientific papers and chapters on anxiety and CBT.

Haim Omer, PhD is professor of clinical psychology at Tel Aviv University and founder of the Parent Training Clinic at Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel.  He has written many books and papers on the psychology of children.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction

Chapter 1 Anxiety Disorders Of Children and Adolescents

Chapter 2 Anxiety and Emotion Regulation

Chapter 3 When Anxiety Takes Over -- Family Accommodation

2: Working With the Anxious Child

Chapter 4 Cognitive Tools for Treating Anxiety

Chapter 5 Behavioral Tools for Treating Anxiety

Chapter 6 Physiological Tools for Treating Anxiety

Chapter 7 Emotion Based Tools for Treating Anxiety

3: Working With Parents

Chapter 8 Parental Support and Protection

Chapter 9 Childhood Anxiety and Family Boundaries

Chapter 10 Introduction to Parent Work and the S.P.A.C.E. Program

Chapter 11 The S.P.A.C.E. Program – Treatment Process

Chapter 12 Tools for Troubleshooting the SPACE Program: Session Modules

Chapter 13 Increasing Collaboration between Parents

4: Ancillary Issues

Chapter 14 School Refusal and School Phobia

Chapter 15 Highly Dependent Young Adults

Chapter 16: Medication for Childhood Anxiety


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