SPACE stands for Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions and is a short term (8-12 sessions) intervention that is designed to treat childhood anxiety by working with parents. Although parents are the ones who participate in SPACE, the primary goal of the work is to treat your child’s anxiety. This is particularly helpful when children can’t or won’t participate in therapy themselves.
Parents are the participants, but that is not to say that parents are the problem or that parents cause childhood anxiety or OCD. This is very important because it is not helpful to worry that you are to blame for the problem. Much research has shown, however, that parents can be a very important part of the solution.