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Involving the Family in Treatment 

Involving the Family in Treatment
Involving the Family in Treatment

Karen Lynn Cassiday

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date: 11 August 2020

This chapter describes strategies for involving parents and caretakers in the cognitive behavioral treatment of children, teens, and young adults who suffer from anxiety disorders. Successful involvement of parents and caretakers in treatment can make treatment more efficient and secure improved treatment outcomes. The chapter describes and illustrates assessment for overprotection, parent/caretaker skills in behavior management, and parenting beliefs that often interfere with parent/caretaker ability to participate in treatment. It discusses methods for helping parents/caretakers modify unhelpful beliefs, as well as ways to use in-session role modeling, behavioral shaping, and experiential learning to enhance parent/caretaker ability to follow through with home-based exposure practice. It also describes ways to successfully manage parent/caretaker anger toward the therapist or treatment. Parents and caretakers require the same degree of careful therapist attention and practice in learning new anxiety management skills as do their children.

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