Specific Phobias in Adults, Adolescents, and Children: How to Develop a Detailed Exposure Plan for Any Fear

Date:  Friday, January 28, 2022


Times:   12:00pm-3:00pm EST 

Cost:      $200.00 USD per person

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

Workshop Description: Specific phobias are one of the most common anxiety disorders, affecting approximately 9% of the adult U.S. population and 5-15% of children and adolescents. Many clinicians understand the basic model of exposure therapy for specific phobias, but when cases arise, often have questions such as:

  • How many exposures does the patient need to do? Where do I start?
  • What are common ways to get daily practice with rare phobic encounters (e.g., spiders, planes, vomiting)?
  • How far do I have patients take each exposure? How do I know if I’ve activated the fear at the right level?
  • How do I motivate patients to approach avoided and feared stimuli?
  • How do I navigate treatment of fears that have some element of objective danger (e.g., fear of snakes, fear of choking)?

This webinar will address these questions and present case examples across all five specific phobia types:

  • Animal Type (e.g. dogs, snakes, or spiders)
  • Natural Environment Type (e.g., heights, storms, water)
  • Blood-Injection-Injury Type (e.g. fear of seeing blood, receiving a blood test or shot, watching television shows that display medical procedures)
  • Situational Type (e.g., airplanes, elevators, driving, enclosed places)
  • Other Types (e.g., phobic avoidance of situations that may lead to choking or vomiting; in children, avoidance of loud sounds like balloons popping or costumed characters like clowns)

CE Learning Objectives

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

  1. Model and assess the cognitions, emotions, and behaviors associated with specific phobias.

  2. Describe the rationale for exposure-based treatment for specific phobias.

  3. Generate hierarchies and sample exposures for case examples from clinical practice.

  4. Generate sample treatment plans and troubleshoot treatment-interfering behaviors/motivational issues.

About the PresenterJessica Bodie, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of Child Services at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bodie received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology from the University of Denver and her Master's and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Temple University. Dr. Bodie completed her clinical internship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Bodie specializes in the treatment of OCD, PTSD, social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety. She is a certified clinician, consultant, and supervisor in Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD and Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention (EX/RP) for OCD. Additionally, Dr. Bodie has conducted research on and clinically treats extremely picky eating (also called Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, ARFID), emetophobia (vomit phobia), and choking phobia. Dr. Bodie is active in the field and participates in teaching, writing, supervision, and consultation activities to disseminate evidence-based treatments for anxiety and related disorders. As an exposure therapist practicing virtually, Dr. Bodie will share tips and tricks to maximize success with CBT for specific phobias in both in-person and telehealth formats.

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.

*Licensees from NY please visit the NYSED.gov website and review the Continuing Education and relevant FAQs sections regarding CE requirements.

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 Submitting Application

There are 4 steps in the application process:

1. Complete the online application. All information must be completed in order for your application to be considered.

Applications are due one week before the start of the workshop.

2. Once submitted, you will receive an email to notify you that your application has been received.

3. Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified of acceptance within one week of receipt of their application.

Please do not make scheduling, travel, or other arrangements until your application is accepted.

4. Payment will be processed as soon as your application is accepted.

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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