Do's and Don'ts When Treating Anxiety with Multicultural Families

Jenny Yip, PsyD, ABPP Chair
Renewed Freedom Center for Rapid Anxiety Relief
Los Angeles, CA 
United States
Jenny Yip, PsyD, ABPP Presenter
Renewed Freedom Center for Rapid Anxiety Relief
Los Angeles, CA 
United States
L. Kevin Chapman, PhD Presenter
Independent Practice
Louisville, KY 
United States
Ashley Bramhall, MA Presenter
Renewed Freedom Center
Los Angeles, CA 
United States
Caroline Kalai, PsyD Presenter
Renewed Freedom Center for Rapid Anxiety Relief
Karen G Martinez, MD, MSc Presenter
University of Puerto Rico
San Juan, PR 
United States
Sunday, March 31: 8:00 AM  - 9:00 AM 
Meeting Room Level 2 
Room: Superior A 



Treating anxiety within the family is no easy feat, especially when resistance and accommodations are core challenges within the family system. One parent may have little regard for therapy and refuse to participate. While another parent may compensate by over-accommodating, and as a result, enable a child's avoidances. When multicultural issues are added to this mix, the therapist's competence and awareness of diversity is even more crucial. Cultural considerations, including beliefs, values, and attitudes of each parent are essential to the effectiveness of treatment. Given a case vignette of a multicultural family suffering from severe panic disorder, OCD, and school refusal, this panel comprising of seasoned clinicians of varying ethnic backgrounds will engage in a lively discussion of their observations, concerns, and approach in working with multiracial families.

The target audience would be clinicians and researchers interested in understanding and applying ethnic, culturally sensitive, and diversity factors in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Learning Objectives

1. Attendees will be able to apply at least 3 culturally-relevant features from African-, Latin-, Asian-, Middle-Eastern-, Caucasian, and ethnically-blended families in treating anxiety.
2. Attendees will assess at least 2 destructive accommodation patterns that reinforce anxiety disorders to help diverse family members form a collaborative team against anxiety symptoms.
3. Attendees will be able to integrate 3 strategies to strengthen hierarchies and implement boundaries that are culturally sensitive to the family. 

Audience Level





Diversity - Yes


60 minutes


Anxiety Disorders

Treatment Approach