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Independence Focused Therapy (IFT) for the treatment of child anxiety: Free Workshop and CEs

General Information

Title: Independence Focused Therapy (IFT) for the treatment of child anxiety

Presenter: Camilo Ortiz, Ph.D.

Date: Friday, June 21st, 2024, 12-1 PM ET

Fee: $40. Special FREE PROMOTION until 6/1. Includes handouts, 1 CE credits, and 2 months access to recordings.

Venue: Online Webinar

Independence Focused Therapy (IFT) for the treatment of child anxiety: Free Workshop and CEs

Description

Rates of child and adolescent anxiety have increased markedly over the past decade (Haidt & Twenge, 2023). Exposure-based cognitive-behavioral therapy is the gold standard in the treatment of anxious children (Hofmann et al., 2012). However, many clinicians refrain from using exposure due to concerns about its safety, effectiveness, and ethics (Deacon et al., 2013; Whiteside et al., 2016).

 

We have developed and preliminarily tested a novel treatment approach for child anxiety composed of independence activities (IAs), which are child-directed, fun, unstructured, developmentally challenging tasks that are performed without any help from parents (Ortiz & Fastman, 2024). These tasks are purposely topographically unrelated to the stimuli that cause anxiety, in direct contrast to exposure therapy. Despite this dissimilarity, IAs target putative mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of child anxiety (e.g., parental accommodation and overinvolvement, child avoidance, unhelpful thinking styles). Using a nonconcurrent multiple baseline design, this five-session treatment resulted in high treatment acceptability from children and parents. Medium to large improvements were reported in child anxiety and avoidance, parent and child (behavioral and cognitive) mechanisms involved in the maintenance of child anxiety, and untargeted secondary outcomes such as child happiness.

 

This presentation will cover the theoretical rationale for IFT, the initial data supporting its use and it will provide an overview for clinicians on how to administer the treatment. Results may suggest a new treatment paradigm, which is desperately needed, given unabated increases in child and adolescent anxiety despite vast resources being directed toward the problem.

Instructor

Director of clinical training and associate professor of psychology, Dr. Ortiz conducts research on parenting, disruptive behavior problems in children, elimination disorders, and cognitive behavior therapy for child and adult psychiatric disorders. Dr. Ortiz received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and completed a pre-doctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center and a postdoctoral research fellowship at Stony Brook before joining the faculty at LIU-Post in 2001. He teaches courses in cognitive-behavior therapy and statistics in the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Dr. Ortiz is a licensed psychologist in New York State and has made a number of media appearances to bring evidence-based clinical psychology to a broader audience.

Independence Focused Therapy (IFT) for the treatment of child anxiety: Free Workshop and CEs

Objectives

  1. Explain the theoretical rational for IFT
  2. Summarize the key treatment components of IFT
  3. Role-play describing IFT to parents and children

CE Information

Continuing Education Credits (1) are granted through Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, LMFTs, and LCATs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

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References

Craske, M. G., Meuret, A. E., Echiverri-Cohen, A., Rosenfield, D., & Ritz, T. (2023). Positive affect treatment targets reward sensitivity: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 91(6), 350-366.

 

Gray, P., Lancy, D. F., & Bjorklund, D. F. (2023). Decline in independent activity as a cause of decline in children’s mental wellbeing: Summary of the evidence. The Journal of Pediatrics, S0022-3476(23)00111-7. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2023.02.004

 

Sandseter, E., & Kennair, L. (2011). Children’s risky play from an evolutionary perspective: The anti-phobic effects of thrilling experiences. Evolutionary Psychology, 9(2), 257–284. https:// doi.org/10.1177/147470491100900212

 

Twenge, J. M., Haidt, J., Blake, A. B., McAllister, C., Lemon, H., & Le Roy, A. (2021). Worldwide increases in adolescent loneliness. Journal of Adolescence, S0140-1971(21)00085–3. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2021.06.006

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate.  Failure to sign/log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.

Independence Focused Therapy (IFT) for the treatment of child anxiety: Free Workshop and CEs

Policies

Application Deadline:  June 19, 2024 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete, and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable until May 21st.  Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).

Accessibility

Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level

Introductory

Level of clinician 

Introductory

Accessibility

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Independence Focused Therapy (IFT) for the treatment of child anxiety: Free Workshop and CEs

Schedule

Friday, June 21, 2024

12:00 Introduce self and describe data on rising rates of child anxiety

12:15 Describe data on overparenting

12:20 Explain connection between overparenting and rising rates of anxiety

12:30 Describe Independence Activities 

12:40 Describe structure of Independence Focused Treatment

12:50 Go over data on pilot study of IFT

12:55 Questions

Independence Focused Therapy (IFT) for the treatment of child anxiety: Free Workshop and CEs

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