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Short-Term Supportive Intervention Programs

Sendan Center is pleased to announce resumption of the following pediatric mental health treatment services, provided by Dr. Jessica Norman Wells, PhD: 

(Click each link for descriptions of the programs)

Brief Family Treatment for Youth Chronic Health Problems

Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) for childhood anxiety disorders

Brief Parent Coaching for Disruptive Behaviors 


If you are interested in starting any of these services, please fill out this form (link opens in new tab): Short-Term Interventions Questionnaire


Brief Family Treatment for Youth Chronic Health Problems 

Youth living with chronic or complex health conditions face unique stressors and responsibilities, including coping with a new diagnosis or complication, difficulty following often intensive daily treatment demands, or family conflict about health management. Sendan offers short-term, family-focused behavioral health support to assist youth in improving their well-being and their health condition management.   
Treatment involves: Face-to-face or telehealth sessions (3-6 depending on your family’s needs) with a licensed psychologist, attended by the youth, their parents, and other important individuals in the youth’s life. The focus of treatment will be individualized to address your family’s goals.   
Types of chronic health conditions addressed include, but are not limited to:  

  • Type 1 Diabetes 
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Kidney Disease 
  • Cystic Fibrosis 
  • Chronic Pain 
  • Hemophilia 
  • Heart Condition 
  • Organ Transplant Recipient  


Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) for childhood anxiety disorders

SPACE is a parent-based treatment program for children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD, and related problems. SPACE was developed by Dr. Eli Lebowitz at the Yale Child Study Center and has been tested and found to be efficacious in randomized controlled clinical trials. 
Who is SPACE for? Who is the patient? 

SPACE aims to treat children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Although children do not have to attend SPACE sessions, they are the patients!  When SPACE treatment is successful, children feel less anxious and function better.  ​ 

Who participates in treatment? 

Parents (and other caregivers) participate in SPACE treatment sessions. In most cases the child or adolescent does not need to attend the treatment sessions.  

What happens in SPACE treatment? 

Parents who participate in SPACE will learn skills and tools to help their child overcome anxiety, OCD, or related problems. The treatment focuses on changes that parents can make to their own behavior; they do not need to make their child change.  The two main changes that parents learn to make in SPACE treatment are to respond more supportively to their anxious child and to reduce the accommodations they have been making to the child symptoms.  


Brief Parent Coaching for Disruptive Behaviors

Short-term parent coaching to help navigate disruptive behaviors, often arising from ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder. 

An evidence-based behavioral approach where the therapist teaches parents’ skills and strategies that use positive reinforcement, ignoring, effective communication, structure, and consistent discipline to manage their child’s behavior. 


Interested in starting any of these services? Please fill out this form, and we will contact you about next steps (link opens in new tab): Short-Term Interventions Questionnaire


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