Exposure Therapy for Children with Anxiety and OCD

Exposure Therapy for Children with Anxiety and OCD

Clinician's Guide to Integrated Treatment

1st Edition - January 11, 2020

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  • Editors: Tara Peris, Eric Storch, Joseph McGuire
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128162750
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128159156

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Many providers have difficulty implementing exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy for youth with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), despite it being the leading treatment for this condition. Exposure Therapy for Children with Anxiety and OCD: Clinician's Guide to Integrated Treatment provides a step-by-step framework for how providers apply exposure therapy in practice. The book begins with empirical support for the treatment followed by suggested implementation of exposures for specific conditions and ages. Tables of sample exposures and case illustrations are provided throughout the book and common challenges that may complicate implementation are addressed. Intended for busy providers to implement directly into practice, chapters provide clinical excerpts and illustrate techniques in an easy "how-to" format.

Key Features

  • Summarizes empirical support for exposure treatment efficacy
  • Recommends how to implement exposure therapy treatment for anxiety and OCD
  • Provides guidance on overcoming common challenges when implementing exposures in practice
  • Offers separate treatment guidelines for children and adolescents
  • Integrates exposure therapy with other therapy modalities
  • Includes case studies and clinical excerpts illustrating techniques


Clinicians who treat and researchers who study those with OCD and Anxiety: primarily psychologists, but also psychiatrists, neurologists, behavior therapists, and nurse practitioners

Table of Contents

  • Section I: Basics of Exposure Therapy for Children and Adolescents
    1. History and Theoretical Underpinnings of Exposure Therapy
    Meghan Vinograd and Michelle G. Craske
    2. Efficacy of Exposure-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    Katherine C. Bergez, Ana C. Ramirez, Stacey C. Grebe, Mayra I. Perez, Andres G. Viana, Eric A. Storch, and Sophie C. Schneider
    3. Psychoeducation for Exposure Therapy
    Cassie Lavell, Jacinda Cadman, Allison Waters, and Lara Farrell
    4. Charting the Course of Treatment: Strategies for Developing and Optimizing a Symptom Hierarchy
    Tara S. Peris
    5. Developing and Implementing Successful Exposure-Based Interventions
    Dean McKay

    Section II: Implementing Exposure by Diagnosis
    6. Exposure Therapy for Childhood Selective Mutism: Principles, Practices, and Procedures
    Jami M. Furr, Amanda L. Sanchez, Natalie Hong, and Jonathan S. Comer
    7. Exposure Therapy for Separation Anxiety Disorder
    Kara B. West, Joanie Wilbanks, and Cynthia Suveg
    8. Exposure Therapy for Specific Phobias in Children and Adolescents
    Lynn Mobach, Ella Oar, and Jennifer L. Hudson
    9. Exposure Therapy for Children and Adolescents with Social Anxiety Disorder
    Sarah Ryan Radtke, Marlene V. Strege, and Thomas H. Ollendick
    10. Exposure Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Children and Adolescents
    Jordan P. Davis, Sophie A. Palitz, Lesley A. Norris, Katherine E. Phillips, Margaret E. Crane, and Philip C. Kendall
    11. Exposure with Response Prevention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents
    Monica S. Wu, Hardian Thamrin, and Jocelyn Perez

    Section III: Developmental Considerations
    12. Using Exposure with Young Children
    Amita D. Jassi and Z. Kindynis
    13. Using Exposure with Adolescents and Youth Adults
    Shannon M. Bennett and Anne Marie Albano
    14. Involving Family Members in Exposure Therapy for Children and Adolescents
    Nicole E. Caporino

    Section IV: Adaptations for Complex Presentations
    15. Transdiagnostic Exposure-Based Intervention for Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents
    Michelle Rozenman, Araceli Gonzalez, and V. Robin Weersing
    16. Overcoming Challenges in Exposure Therapy
    Rachel Canella, Joey Ka-Yee Essoe, Marco Grados, and Joseph F. McGuire
    17. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy--Enhanced Exposures for Children and Adolescents
    Anna E. Allmann, Lisa W. Coyne, Rebecca Michel, and Robert McGowan

Product details

  • No. of pages: 474
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: January 11, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128162750
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128159156

About the Editors

Tara Peris

Dr. Peris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Program Director of the ABC Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program. She serves on the editorial board of several leading journals and she has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles on pediatric anxiety, OCD, and related conditions. In addition, she has co-authored a treatment manual for difficult-to-treat cases of OCD. Dr. Peris has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders, TLC Foundation for Body-focused Repetitive Behavior Disorders; and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She is the recipient of the Abidin Early Career Award from the APA.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Eric Storch

Dr. Eric Storch is McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair & Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Storch has received multiple grants from federal agencies for his research (i.e., NIH, CDC), is a Fulbright Scholar, and has published over 14 books and over 500 articles and chapters. He specializes in the nature and treatment of childhood and adult obsessive-compulsive disorder and related conditions, anxiety disorders, and anxiety among youth with autism.

Affiliations and Expertise

McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair and Professor, Vice Chair and Head of Psychology, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Joseph McGuire

Dr. McGuire has over 10 years of research and clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of Tourette syndrome (TS), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions in children and adults. He has received research support from the National Institute of Mental Health, Tourette Association, and has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles related to the assessment and treatment of TS and related conditions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles, USA

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