One Notch Outside the Comfort Zone
While cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to effectively help as many as 80 percent of anxious kids, the exposure to perceived danger it requires is inherently counterintuitive for anxious kids and parents, who typically work hard to shield themselves from this very goal. So how can a therapist strike that delicate balance that fosters trust and safety while inspiring clients to nudge themselves one notch outside their comfort zones? In this workshop, we’ll explore the role of rapport, education, and empowerment in facilitating the client’s readiness for exposure-based CBT. You’ll discover:
- The four steps for cultivating treatment readiness in different age groups: stabilization, communication, persuasion, and collaboration
- Child-friendly applications of realistic thinking and gradual exposure techniques through case histories and role-playing exercises
- How to help parents contain their own anxiety and keep it from exacerbating their child’s condition
Aureen Wagner, PhD, an anxiety treatment expert and international speaker, is the author of several books, including Up and Down the Worry Hill, Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children, and Treatment of OCD in Children & Adolescents: Professional’s Kit.