Category: Adult Anxiety

Clinical Roundtable

Clinical Round Table 4 - Treating Anxiety Disorders From Early Childhood to Late Adulthood: Developmental Adaptations and Clinical Wisdom

Saturday, November 18
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom K & L, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Child Anxiety | Adult Anxiety | Evidence-Based Practice
Presentation Type: Clinical Roundtable

The primary goals of this clinical roundtable are to discuss the clinical presentation and cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders across the lifespan. The panel will review the evidence base, discuss developmental adaptations, and share clinical wisdom supporting their treatment approach at each selected life stage (early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, middle adulthood, and geriatric/older adulthood). Research efforts over the past several decades have greatly advanced the treatment of anxiety disorders for individuals of all ages. Evidence-based treatments – and cognitive-behavioral approaches in particular – have demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of anxiety disorders from early childhood through later adulthood. While core theoretical considerations and principles unite these approaches, given the unique cognitive, social, physical, and contextual factors at play in each life stage, case conceptualization and intervention may vary in many crucial ways. Panelists specializing in the evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders in early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence, emerging adulthood, middle adulthood, and later adulthood will share insights into the hallmarks of effective anxiety disorder assessment, conceptualization, and treatment for their population. Considerations will include the role of parents, spouses, or other caregivers; facilitating in-vivo and imaginal exposures; motivational factors; the use of external reinforcements; developmental adaptations to match the cognitive capacities of each stage; decreasing accommodation of anxious behaviors; addressing functional impairments in achieving developmental milestones of each life stage; optimal assessment approaches; and common comorbid conditions, among others. Such knowledge is essential to optimize the treatment of anxiety disorders in each developmental stage, and to promote resilience across the lifespan.

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R. Meredith Elkins

Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow
Columbia University Medical Center

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Patricia Marino

Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medicine

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Donna Pincus

Associate Professor
Boston University, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

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