Author of Treating Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety: A Guide for Caregivers, Dr. Eli Lebowitz visited Mountain Valley on March 19th for a training on family accommodation. Dr. Lebowitz, an Assistant Professor at Yale University’s Child Study Center, met for much of the day with MVTC’s clinical and residential teams.

Dr. Lebowitz and his Yale University colleagues have developed the Family Accommodation Scale, an instrument used in research and clinical practice to assess the behaviors of patients with anxiety.  This instrument, now being used at Mountain Valley, allows our clinicians to collect data to ensure that we are not accommodating our residents.  It also gives our clinicians and Exposure Specialists knowledge of when they can further challenge our residents in their exposure work.

Dr. Lebowitz has become a frequent visitor to Mountain Valley, and we benefit greatly from these professional development opportunities.