Building Confidence

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About This Program

Target Population: Typically developing school-aged children diagnosed with childhood anxiety disorders (6-11 years old) and their families

For children/adolescents ages: 6 – 11

Brief Description

Building Confidence is a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that is provided to school-aged children who demonstrate clinically significant symptoms of a range of anxiety disorders (e.g., separation anxiety disorder). The format consists of individual child therapy combined with parent-training and involvement. Both children and their parents are taught fundamental CBT principles and techniques as well as integrating ways to build confidence through graduated learning and practice of age-appropriate self-independence skills. In-session exposures are extended into the home where parents assist children complete home-based exposures in the community by providing coaching in CBT strategies and naturalistic opportunities to practice and maintain treatment goals and effects. In line with these overarching treatment goals, the intervention program also works closely with the children’s schools and teachers to promote the practice and generalization of treatment goals in the school (e.g., social anxiety).

Program Goals:

The goal of Building Confidence is:

  • Enhance the learning and maintenance of treatment strategies via child and parent involvement in treatment

Contact Information

Jeffrey James Wood

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2011