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)

Dr. Jessica Bodie, director of child services at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, will lead this webinar. Dr. Bodie is a licensed clinical psychologist who received a degree in clinical psychology from Temple University.  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.

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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