Joseph McNamara, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry, recently commented on the Fear Facers Summer Camp, taking place during two different sessions at the Kanapaha Veterans Memorial Park.
Organized by the UF Center for OCD, Anxiety & Related Disorders, or COARD, the camp helps children between the ages of 7 and 15 that suffer from phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety overcome the daily challenges associated with these conditions. The camp also allows researchers to track the effectiveness of therapies for follow-up studies.
“We’ve had an extensive program for treating OCD for over 20 years at the University of Florida,” McNamara said. “But now, rather than just a therapy session with somebody every day, we’re getting the therapy session every day here, but then the children are here for another six hours after that where we can do fun things that are also really good challenges for them.”