Community Therapist Response to Technology-Assisted Training in Exposure Therapy for Childhood Anxiety Disorders

Stephen P.H. Whiteside, Bridget K. Biggs, Julie E. Dammann, Michael S. Tiede, Deanna R. Hofschulte, Elle Brennan

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Abstract

Despite the efficacy of exposure for childhood anxiety disorders (CADs), dissemination has been unsuccessful. The current study examined community-therapist response to a brief (90-minutes) training in technology-assisted exposure therapy for CADs. The results indicated that therapists found the training in the therapy approach and technology acceptable, despite endorsing mainly non-exposure-based practice prior to the training. Training also increased positive beliefs about exposure, t (23) = 4.32, p <.000, that persisted 6 months later, t (23) = 4.56, p <.000. In addition, the number of therapists reporting an intention to implement exposure increased substantially from baseline (41.7%) to post-training (83.3%), with many therapists (70.8%) reporting use of exposure within the 6 months following training. However, automatically recorded data indicated little use of the technology. Results suggest that a dissemination message focusing on exposure is acceptable and has the potential to increase the use of this central treatment component.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBehavior Modification
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • child
  • dissemination
  • exposure
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • technology
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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