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(p. 79) Implementing Exposure 

(p. 79) Implementing Exposure
(p. 79) Implementing Exposure

Stephen P. H. Whiteside

, Thomas H. Ollendick

, and Bridget K. Biggs

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date: 28 September 2020

This chapter presents detailed steps for how to implement exposure therapy for the broad spectrum of childhood and adolescent anxiety disorders and obsessive–compulsive disorder. The chapter begins with descriptions of the three categories of exposure (in vivo, imaginal, and interoceptive), the symptoms for which they are best utilized, and the goals for their use. The chapter then discusses important considerations for the optimal implementation of exposure, including identifying symptoms, titrating level of difficulty, and monitoring response. Finally, the chapter presents the procedures for implementing exposure for common clinical presentations, including social anxiety, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, contamination, not-just-right experiences, bodily sensations and panic, specific fears, and distressing memories.

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