Cognitive Approaches for Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder

                              

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021

Time:  1:00pm to 4:30pm EST

Cost:  $225.00 per person /

$175.00 per person if you attended "Behavioral Approaches for Treating GAD"

Location:  Zoom (you will be sent an invitation with instructions prior to the workshop)

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.  Several cognitive therapy techniques have strong empirical support (as components of CBT for GAD protocols, or standalone interventions) – these techniques involve engaging in reflective processing and/or behavioral experimentation on the content of worries (e.g., the likelihood that specific feared outcomes will occur) or aspects of meta-cognition (i.e., “thinking about thinking”; e.g., views about the utility of worrying).  This workshop will focus on prominent evidence-based cognitive interventions for GAD – in particular, attendees will learn and practice implementing traditional cognitive therapy techniques, tailored cognitive therapy techniques targeting worry thoughts, strategies for evaluating beliefs about worry, and strategies for evaluating personal performance standards.

CE Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe key components of prominent cognitive-behavioral theories of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
  2. Identify useful assessment tools for GAD/worry, as well as factors that can help differentiate worry from other forms of repetitive negative thinking (e.g., rumination).
  3. Explain and implement traditional cognitive therapy techniques, such as identifying common thinking traps and generating balanced thoughts, for clients with GAD.
  4. Describe how tailored cognitive therapy techniques can be used to address worry, including strategies for concretizing expectations when worrying and then systematically tracking actual outcomes.
  5. Assess and evaluate beliefs about worry with clients with GAD.
  6. Assess and evaluate personal standards for performance in different life domains and roles with clients with GAD.

Helpful manuals/workbooks

Clark, D. A., & Beck, A. T. (2011). The anxiety and worry workbook: The cognitive behavioral solution. Guilford Press.

Craske, M. G., & Barlow, D. H. (2006). Mastery of your anxiety and worry. Oxford University Press.

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.

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.

About the Presenter

This workshop will be led by Dr. Keith Bredemeier, an Assistant Professor at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety.  Dr. Bredemeier conducts research on the causes and treatment of excessive worry and other forms of repetitive negative thinking.  In his clinical work and teaching, he specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatment strategies for generalized anxiety disorder, other anxiety-related disorders (e.g., social phobia), obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, depressive disorders, and suicide risk.

Target Audience

This presentation is intended for mental health professionals, researchers, and graduate students. The instructional level of this presentation is intermediate.

Continuing Education

THE PHILADELPHIA BEHAVIOR THERAPY ASSOCIATION (PBTA) IS APPROVED BY THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION TO SPONSOR CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS.  PBTA MAINTAINS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PROGRAM AND ITS CONTENT.  THIS PRESENTATION PROVIDES THREE (3) HOURS OF CE CREDITS FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS.

PBTA IS ALSO AN AUTHORIZED PROVIDER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS FOR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS LICENSED IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA - THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES THREE (3) HOURS OF CE CREDITS. 

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.

Instructions for Submitting Application

Please find the application form here.

Applications can be submitted via email as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to: sandraca@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Applicants will be notified of acceptance within one week of receipt of their application. Please do not make travel or other arrangements until your application is accepted.

Payment Information

  • Workshop fees are non-refundable after the application due date. Please note that payments will not be processed until after the application due date.
  • We can only accept credit card payments at this time (Discover, MasterCard, and Visa). Unfortunately, we do not accept American Express.

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.
  • Since authentic patient audio/video may be utilized during the training, you must agree to abide by all applicable rules of confidentiality and HIPAA compliance, including but not limited to no audio or video-recording of 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.


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