NEW WEBINAR TRAININGS!

*Beginning October, 2020, all webinar trainings will be recorded and available for later review. Contact Dr. Sandy Capaldi for more information*

 

Suicide Risk Assessment in Patients with Anxiety-Related Disorders — October 16, 2020

Anxiety disorders are associated with increased risk for suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior. Proper assessment of suicide risk is required to effectively manage risk in therapy. This webinar will review evidence-based assessment of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. We will discuss strategies to optimize risk assessment while promoting rapport and increasing the likelihood of disclosure.  Special attention will be paid to working with patients with an anxiety disorder who are at risk for suicide. We will dedicate some time to conducting suicide risk assessments in telehealth interactions. Finally, we will review strategies to promote lethal means restriction while reducing anxiety for the therapist and the patient.

This webinar will be held by Dr. Lily Brown, director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Dr. Brown’s research focuses on suicide prevention among patients with an anxiety-related disorder.

 

Intensive Workshop in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD — October 19-22, 2020

Dr. Edna Foa and Dr. Sandy Capaldi will provide intensive instruction in the use of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for survivors of trauma, covering the basics of all components of PE and how to modify PE procedures in order to tailor the treatment to the client’s response to exposure. Maintaining focus on treatment of PTSD while maintaining flexibility in following the manual will be emphasized. Lecture, discussion, videotaped therapy sessions, and participant role plays with feedback from faculty trainers are used to accomplish the goals of the workshop.

 

Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Adolescents with PTSD — October 23, 2020

Dr. Sandy Capaldi will provide instruction in the basic differences between PE and PE-A, use excerpts from videotaped sessions to illustrate how to use PE with adolescents, discuss when and how to implement PE-A, and provide guidelines for how and when to modify PE techniques to tailor the therapy to adolescents.

 

Intensive Workshop in Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) for OCD — October 26-29, 2020

The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania will offer an intensive 4-day training workshop in the use of Exposure and Response Prevention (EX\RP) Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This workshop is open to licensed mental health professionals and those working under a license. Because of its intensive format and small faculty-to-participant ratio, enrollment will be limited. Also, due to the advanced nature of this workshop, we prefer participants who have prior experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy.

 

PTSD Case Consultation with Dr. Edna Foa — October 27, 2020

Dr. Edna Foa, internationally renowned authority on the psychopathology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and its treatment, will be hosting online PTSD case consultations! Never before open to the public, clinicians who attend these consultations as Case Presenters will have the opportunity to present and discuss PTSD cases and receive expert consultation from Dr. Foa on issues such as assessment of PTSD, appropriateness for Prolonged Exposure therapy (PE), case conceptualization, factors that interfere with engagement in treatment, and any other PTSD or PE-related questions.

The group consultation may be attended as a Case Presenter or as an Observer. Case presenters are limited to 4 per group consultation. For case presentations, if applicable and appropriate, and with patient consent, videotaped session segments are welcome. Contact Dr. Sandy Capaldi for more details and instructions on sharing video via webinar and consent forms, if needed.

 

EX/RP for Pediatric OCD — October 30, 2020

(1 day addition to the Intensive Workshop in EX/RP Therapy for OCD Workshop)

The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania will offer an intensive 1-day training workshop in the use of Exposure and Response Prevention (EX\RP) Therapy for Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This workshop is open to licensed mental health professionals and those working under a license. Because of its intensive format and small faculty-to-participant ratio, enrollment will be limited. Also, due to the advanced nature of this workshop, we prefer participants who have prior experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy.

 

Consultant Workshop in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD — November 2-6, 2020

Prerequisite: This workshop is open only to certified PE therapists (completed the 4-day Intensive Workshop in Prolonged Exposure Therapy with a certified PE trainer, completed at least 2 full PE cases under the supervision of a certified PE supervisor, and additionally completed at least 5 full PE cases independently)

In this workshop, emotional processing theory, the empirical work underlying PE, and PE therapy procedures and assessment methods will be briefly reviewed. The remainder of the workshop will focus on the implementation of PE procedures and training in PE consultation methods. This will include 1) review of the essential elements of treatment rationales and PE sessions; 2) following the guidelines provided in the PE Consultant Manual to evaluate therapists’ adherence and competence in providing PE therapy; and 3) practicing rating PE sessions and providing feedback to therapists.  Participants will be provided with a workshop binder that includes workshop slides, adherence rating scales, and the PE Consultant Manual.

 

Evidence-Based Assessment of PTSD — November 13, 2020

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder involving development of disturbing and distressing symptoms after exposure to a traumatic event and is associated with considerable functional impairment and comorbidity. Early detection of PTSD constitutes the first crucial step in addressing and ameliorating the increased risks associated with development of PTSD, requiring adequate screening and diagnostic tools for PTSD. Given high rates of trauma exposure worlwide, psychometrically sound assessment of PTSD diagnosis and symptom severity using current conceptualizations of the disorder is vital.

This workshop will introduce participants to the DSM-5 definition of a traumatic event, review the diagnostic criteria for PTSD, and discuss differential diagnosis as well as prevalence, comorbidity, and risk factor data. Participants will also be introduced to the Posttraumatic Stress Scale for DSM-5 (Interview version –PSSI-5) as well as the PTSD Diagnostic Scale for DSM-5 (PDS-5), a self-report measure of PTSD symptoms. Administration of the PSSI-5 and PDS-5 will be covered in detail and participants will rate a sample PSSI-5 and discuss the scoring rationale for the sample administration. Participants will also be introduced to Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, an evidence-based treatment for PTSD that is effective, flexible, and a best practice recommendation.

 

PE Trainer Workshop — November 16-18, 2020

Prerequisite: This workshop is open only to certified PE Consultants who have independently completed at least 15 PE cases.

Participants will receive intensive instruction in teaching Prolonged Exposure Therapy for survivors of trauma, covering the basics of all components of PE and how to modify PE procedures in order to tailor the treatment to the client’s response to exposure. Maintaining focus on treatment of PTSD while maintaining flexibility in following the manual will be emphasized. Lecture, discussion, and participant role plays with feedback from faculty trainers are used to accomplish the goals of the workshop. Please note that in addition to the above prerequisites, after completing the 3-day PE Trainer’s Workshop conducted by the CTSA, potential PE trainers must observe two Intensive Workshops in Prolonged Exposure Therapy conducted by certified PE trainers (it is preferred to observe the first prior to completing the PE Trainer Workshop and to observe the second after completing the PE Trainer Workshop). Agreement with and signing of a non-competition contract is also required.

 

Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD Delivered Via Telehealth — Date TBD

Dr. Sandy Capaldi will review the research literature related to prolonged exposure therapy delivered via telehealth, discuss addressing provider and client ambivalence to telehealth PE, review telehealth basics, provide tips for therapists in implementing PE via telehealth, and discuss therapist self-care considerations.

 

Inhibitory Learning in Exposure Therapy for Anxiety-Related Disorders — Date TBD

Inhibitory learning offers an alternative approach for understanding the process of recovery from anxiety-related disorders. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of critical points about inhibitory learning theory as it relates to the practice of exposure therapy for anxiety-related disorders. We will present strategies for conducting exposure therapy in a manner that is guided by principals of inhibitory learning. Using case examples from a variety of anxiety-related disorders, we will offer suggestions to enhance patients’ ability to learn about safety versus threat in real-world clinical practice. We will demonstrate how return of fear is a common obstacle to the long-term success of exposure therapy and discuss evidence-based strategies to mitigate return of fear. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear about the latest research on this topic area, and how that research can be optimally translated into clinical practice.

Dr. Lily Brown, director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, will lead this webinar. Dr. Brown is a licensed clinical psychologist who received a dual degree in clinical psychology and learning and behavior psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published theoretical papers, experimental laboratory studies, and clinically applied research on inhibitory learning theory.  As an exposure therapist, Dr. Brown incorporates inhibitory learning principals into her clinical practice. She will share tips and tricks to maximize success with this approach in order to enhance the success of exposure therapy.

 

Interoceptive Exposures for Anxiety-Related Disorders — Date TBD

Many patients with anxiety disorders struggle with fears of bodily sensations. While this fear is most obvious in the context of panic disorder, patients with social anxiety, PTSD, and OCD often report elevated concerns about physiological manifestations of anxiety. For instance, it is common for patients to worry about sweating, breathing, choking, or their heart rate. In this webinar, Dr. Lily Brown will discuss the importance of interoceptive exposures for patients with fears of bodily sensations. We will introduce strategies to standardize the practice of interoceptive exposures for patients with anxiety. In addition, we will discuss strategies for using cognitive restructuring and acceptance to optimize the impact of interoceptive exposures. Attendees will leave this webinar with tips and tricks to ease the implementation of interoceptive exposures in their clinical practice.


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