Overcoming barriers to using empirically supported therapies to treat childhood anxiety disorders in social work practice

Alison Salloum, Michael L. Sulkowski, Erica Sirrine, Eric A. Storch

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Abstract

Anxiety disorders are among the most common psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Most empirically supported treatments (ESTs) for pediatric anxiety disorders include various cognitive-behavioral methods. Although demonstrated efficacious in controlled and clinic settings, there are barriers to implementing these types of therapies in social work settings due to beliefs about the usefulness of ESTs in community settings; limitations of treatment manuals; time constraints of implementing ESTs; fidelity and flexibility of implementing ESTs; and limited training opportunities. This article provides an overview of ESTs for childhood anxiety disorders, highlighting options for overcoming common barriers to implementing ESTs. Collaborative multi-method approaches to advance implementation of ESTs in social work practice are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-273
Number of pages15
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Children and adolescents
  • Empirically supported treatments
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Implementation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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