Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Behavioral Approaches

Who may attend:  These presentations are intended for mental health professionals, researchers, and graduate students. The instructional level is intermediate.

Dates:                 Friday, January 20, 2023                          

Time:                  1:00pm to 4:30pm EST

Cost:                   $250.00 USD per person

Location:            Zoom webinar

Workshop Description: Amongst anxiety-related disorders, many clinicians find generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) to be particularly difficult to treat effectively, perhaps due to the pervasive avoidant coping tendencies of these clients and the varying focus of their worries.  Importantly, worry can be conceptualized as a cognitive form of avoidance, and this formulation has important clinical implications.  Interestingly, the cognitive nature of this condition can lead therapists to presume that cognitive techniques are most suitable for these clients – however, several behavioral techniques have strong empirical support (as components of CBT for GAD protocols, or as standalone interventions).  This workshop will focus on prominent evidence-based behavioral interventions for GAD – specifically, attendees will learn and practice implementing stimulus control strategies, applied relaxation skills, problem-solving tools, and exposure therapy techniques.

CE Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss key components of prominent cognitive-behavioral theories of GAD.
  2. Identify factors that can help differentiate worry from other forms of repetitive negative thinking (e.g., rumination).
  3. Explain and implement relaxation strategies (diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation) to address physiological symptoms in GAD.
  4. Explain how stimulus control strategies can be used to address worrying in clients with GAD.
  5. Explain and implement techniques to facilitate problem-solving in clients with GAD.
  6. Explain and apply strategies for using both in vivo and imaginal exposure techniques to address feared outcomes and intolerance of uncertainty in GAD.

Helpful manuals/workbooks

  1. Clark, D. A., & Beck, A. T. (2011). The anxiety and worry workbook: The cognitive behavioral solution. Guilford Press.
  2. Craske, M. G., & Barlow, D. H. (2006). Mastery of your anxiety and worry. Oxford University Press.
  3. Robichaud, M., & Dugas, M. J. (2015). The generalized anxiety disorder workbook: a comprehensive CBT guide for coping with uncertainty, worry, and fear. New Harbinger Publications.
  4. Robichaud, M., Koerner, N., & Dugas, M. J. (2019). Cognitive behavioral treatment for generalized anxiety disorder: From science to practice (2nd edition). Routledge, New York, NY.


Webinar workshop requirements:

  • You must have utilities, internet service, phone service, and an appropriately private location at your home or office in order to ensure HIPAA compliance.
    • The private location should be free of noise and distractions. (If you are the parent of young children, appropriate child care arrangements must be in place.)
  • You must agree to attend each hour of the video conference and agree to use video of yourself during the video conference in order to track attendance.
  • You must agree not to copy or distribute workshop materials provided to you in the course of the workshop and not to audio or video-record the workshop in any form.

You will be asked to affirm the previous conditions and your agreement to them prior to the commencement of the workshop.

Continuing Education

Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each program provides three (3) hours of CE credits for psychologists. 

PBTA is also an authorized provider for CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. Each program provides three (3) hours of CE credits.

* PBTA does not currently offer CE to practitioners licensed in the state of New York.

In order to receive continuing education credits, participants must:

  • attend each hour of the workshop (no late arrivals or early departures)
  • complete a course evaluation

If both of these requirements are met, you will receive a continuing education certificate after the conclusion of the workshop.

Full attendance is required to obtain CE credits for this program. APA guidelines do not permit PBTA to issue partial CE credits. No refunds are provided for CE programs. No exceptions allowed.



Instructions for Registration

Registrations are due one week in advance and must be completed in full. 

To register, complete the online registration.

If you need to withdraw your application for any reason, please email Dr. Sandy Capaldi. Note that workshop fees are non-refundable after the application due date (one week before the start of the workshop). 

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