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A New Transdiagnostic Treatment Target for Child Anxiety: Independence

A New Transdiagnostic Treatment Target for Child Anxiety: Independence
Friday, April 12, 2024 12:00 pm
- 1:00 pm ET

This presentation was recorded at the ADAA 2024 Conference and is not eligible for CE/CME credit.

Exposure-based CBT is considered the front-line treatment for anxiety disorders in children. Most children who are administered exposure experience significant improvements in anxiety symptoms. However, exposure-based CBT has not generally outperformed treatment as usual, active control conditions, or medication. These limitations are a growing emergency in the context of rapidly increasing worldwide rates of anxiety among children and adolescents (Haidt and Twenge, 2023).

New ideas are required to push past this wall of limited effectiveness. One exciting transdiagnostic candidate for intervention is childhood independence. Independence-focused treatment (IFT) is a child and parent cognitive-behavioral intervention that seeks to dramatically increase independence in children by collaboratively planning fun yet challenging activities that kids can do alone or with other kids, without the presence of parents. Some Independence Activities (IAs) involve mild physical risk to provide children with experience in assessing and dealing with danger. Examples of IAs include taking a bus alone, whittling a branch with a knife, going to the supermarket to grocery shop, and cooking a meal. The availability and frequency of independent activities in childhood have plummeted over the past two decades. Increasing independence in children may target practically all parent and child mechanisms identified in the etiology and maintenance of child anxiety. 

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Camilo Ortiz, PhD

Camilo Ortiz, PhD

Camilo Ortiz, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology at Long Island University and a recognized expert in the treatment of a number of psychological issues. 


Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP

Anne Marie Albano, PhD

Dr. Anne-Marie Albano, PhD, ABBP, is a professor of medical psychology, a clinical psychologist and board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology. In addition to serving as Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders at 3 Columbus Circle, she also conducts research and train residents, fellows and psychology postdoctoral.


Mary Karapetian Alvord, PhD

mary alvord

Member Since 1995

Mary K. Alvord, Ph.D. is a psychologist with more than 40 years of clinical experience and is Founder and President of Resilience Across Borders, Inc. with a mission to promote mental health wellness to children and teens who might not otherwise have access.  Dr. Alvord is also director of Alvord, Baker & Associates. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults using evidenced-based therapies. A central focus is building resilience in children.  She has published articles and chapters on resilience and stress over the past 20 years and has co-authored two books, Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens and Resilience Builder Program for children and adolescents.


Matthew Fastman, MS

Matthew Fastman, MS

Matthew Fastman, MS, a Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University, is interested in developing and practicing novel independence-focused interventions for child anxiety.

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