Learning to Face Fears from Home: Unexpected Benefits and Discoveries

Learning to Face Fears from Home: Unexpected Benefits and Discoveries


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Friday, April 23, 2021
2:00 - 3:00pm ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

Webinar Description:

The purpose of this webinar will be to describe an evidence-based, manualized group cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) program for youth with ASD and anxiety, called Facing Your Fears (FYF). Following a brief description of FYF, we will discuss specific ways that FYF has been adapted for virtual delivery, including successes and challenges. Presenters include clinicians who co-facilitate the FYF virtual groups, as well as a parent of a teen with ASD and anxiety who participated in the FYF groups.    

This is a webinar sponsored by AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group for Autism Acceptance Month. 

Captions will be available for this webinar. You will receive a passcode to join this webinar in your registration confirmation email.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the core components of the FYF program. 
  2. Participants will identify the key adaptations of FYF for telehealth delivery.
  3. Participants will identify successes and challenges with telehealth delivery of FYF. 


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Lisa Hayutin, PhD

Dr. Lisa Hayutin is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She provides diagnostic and therapy services for youth with developmental disabilities through Developmental Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado, specializing in school age and adolescent youth with co-occurring mental health conditions.  





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Caitlin Middleton, PhD

Dr. Caitlin Middleton is a Colorado State Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Division of Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Middleton’s primary areas of clinical specialization include assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental conditions, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, and disruptive behaviors including certification in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She also specializes in evidence based treatments for co-occurring mental health conditions in autism spectrum disorder.  




Photo of Robert Murphy, a smiling white man wearing a blue and orange plaid shirt standing behind a light brown backgroundRobert Murphy

I’m Robert Murphy, a 4th generation native of Colorado. Together with my wife Christine we have the privilege of raising 3 kids. Our son Samuel is our middle child and is now 14 and will be entering high school next year. He is on the autism spectrum and also has anxiety, which I believe is a symptom of his autism. Samuel and I were fortunate enough to attend the Facing your Fears program and work with an amazing, well-trained team to be able to address a few of his fears. My wife and I wanted to give Samuel the tools to be able to live a life and know that he can manage fear. By doing this group, we learned that fear is not this huge monster and that there is a path through blinding, overwhelming anxiety. 


Photo of Judy Reaven, Image of a smiling white woman with short curly brown hair wearing a blue jacket, white shirt and purple scarfJudy Reaven, PhD

Dr. Judy Reaven is a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is the Associate Director and Director of Research at JFK Partners, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Colorado.  Clinical and research interests include identifying and treating psychiatric symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as the implementation of evidence-based treatments in community settings.  She is the primary developer of a cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) group intervention for anxiety in youth with ASD (Facing Your Fears- FYF).  She has been PI on many federal/foundation grants and has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, many related to the co-occurrence of anxiety disorders in ASD.   


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