Workshop for Parents of Children and Teens with Anxiety/OCD
Join therapists, Kelly Flanagan and Courtney Bottoms Gustafson, for this three-day workshop for the parents of anxious kids and teens! Parents will learn how to effectively respond to children’s anxiety in a way that encourages empowerment and reduces symptoms. This workshop is based on the SPACE program (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) developed at Yale University.
Participating caregivers will:
-Participate in interactive discussions as a group.
-Work closely with clinicians to identify and address specific patterns in their family.
-Learn ways to communicate lovingly while setting appropriate boundaries.
-Improve communication between caregivers and other interested parties.
Parent or caregiver duos get nine hours of hands-on didactic and interactive training over two weekends in October.
Saturday, October 19th 9:00am-12:00pm
Sunday, October 20th 1:00pm-4:00pm
Sunday, October 27th 1:00pm-4:00pm
Total cost is $600 per caregiver dyad. Contact us for more information!
Please see below for descriptions of the groups that we periodically offer and contact us if you are interested in being considered for the next round.
Adolescent OCD Treatment Group (Ages 13-18)
This group allows for teens to connect with one another and provide support in the fight against OCD. It follows a cognitive-behavioral framework with elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness woven in. Topics covered include Exposure and Response Prevention skills, Mindfulness skills, Fighting Perfectionism, How to Talk to Others About OCD, How to Recognize and Challenge Unhelpful Thoughts, and more. Led by Amy Mariaskin, PhD. If you are interested in this group, please contact us.
Children's OCD Treatment Group (Ages 8-12)
The group follows a cognitive-behavioral framework with an emphasis on helping kids support one another as they challenge their symptoms. Topics covered include Helping your Family Understand your Symptoms, Talking Back to your OCD, Developing Creative Exposure Techniques, Telling Others about your OCD, Dealing with OCD at School, and Using Humor to Fight Symptoms. Kids will inspire each other to fight their symptoms while working toward collective goals. To be added to the mailing list for the next group, please contact us.
Adult OCD Treatment Group (18+)
This group can be a helpful adjunct to individual therapy or can be a way for those who have finished individual therapy to sharpen their tools for continued recovery. The group meets for eight consecutive weeks and covers the following topics: Assessing the Impact of OCD on Life Domains, How to Manage OCD in Friendships and Relationships, Creative Exposures for Difficult Symptoms, Reducing Compulsions, and Relapse Prevention. The group is grounded in evidence-based treatment methods, such as Exposure and Response Prevention, mindfulness, and ACT. Additional topics maybe added based on group composition. To be added to the mailing list for this group, please contact us.
Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors Treatment Group (Ages 12-18)
If you're a middle- or high-schooler who suffers from trichotillomania (hair pulling), excoriation disorder (skin picking), or another repetitive habit, you may feel ashamed and unsure about how to curb these unwanted behaviors. Learn how to increase your awareness and decrease your picking and pulling in a supportive group environment. This group runs for six consecutive weeks and covers topics pertinent to CBT and Habit Reversal Training, both of which are effective in treating unwanted repetitive behaviors. To be added to the mailing list for this group, please contact us.
ACT Group Therapy for Adults with Depression and Anxiety
This 8-week group is devoted to helping participants encounter depression and anxiety differently and pursue a full and meaningful life. It is based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which posit that by fostering acceptance of one's full experience (internal and external) and committing to living a life consistent with values, individuals can experience positive change. Led by Jessica Cameron, LMSW. If you are interested in this group, please contact us.
Adult Anxiety Treatment Group
This 10-week group is based on the book Anxiety and Avoidance by Dr. Michael Tompkins, and uses an evidence-based, generalized approach to help you overcome anxiety and avoidance. You will learn how to use powerful mindfulness-based techniques and motivational tools to help you stop avoiding situations that make you anxious. Additionally, the group will provide cognitive-behavioral tools to help you take control of your anxiety and fear. Most importantly, the group will provide you with the understanding and skills to help you change the underlying psychological mechanisms that contribute to anxiety and panic in the first place. Led by Marnie Matthews, LCSW. If you are interested in this group, please contact us.