NEW WEBINAR TRAININGS!

Intensive Workshop in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD — July 13-16, 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.

 

Working with Grief in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD — July 20, 2020

Dr. Sandy Capaldi will review the definitions of bereavement, mourning, and grief; discuss the dual processes and types of grief; review the proposed diagnostic criteria for Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder; discuss differential diagnosis; and provide tips for therapeutic techniques to incorporate processing grief in PE.

 

Intensive Workshop in Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) for OCD — August 10-13, 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.

 

EX/RP for Pediatric OCD — August 14, 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.

 

Inhibitory Learning in Exposure Therapy for Anxiety-Related Disorders — August 28, 2020

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 — September 18, 2020

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.

 

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.

 

Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD Delivered Via Telehealth — dates 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.


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