Learn the essentials of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders through an experiential workshop at the Beck Institute. Under the direction of Judith S. Beck, PhD, and led by expert Beck faculty, this workshop focuses on fundamental cognitive behavior theory and treatment for anxiety disorders.

Participants will learn how to conceptualize anxious patients, plan treatment based on the individualized conceptualization, engage the anxious patient in the therapeutic relationship, decrease physiological symptoms of anxiety and increase functional behavior. They will learn how to use evidence-based cognitive and behavioral strategies to help patients identify and respond adaptively to key anxious thoughts and beliefs, restructure maladaptive cognitions and catastrophic misinterpretations, develop exposure hierarchies, build symptom tolerance, eliminate safety behaviors, increase tolerance for uncertainty, and reduce obsessions, compulsions, and avoidance. These cognitive behavioral therapy strategies will be applied to specific diagnoses of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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Workshop Curriculum

Day 1: CBT for Anxiety Core Strategies

  • Introduction and overview of CBT for anxiety
  • The cognitive model of anxiety
  • Conceptualizing individual clients
  • Core strategies in CBT for anxiety: self-monitoring
  • Core strategies in CBT for anxiety: cognitive restructuring
  • Core strategies in CBT for anxiety: exposure

Day 2: GAD and Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Advances in Cognitive Therapy

Day 3: Panic Disorder and OCD

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy of Panic Disorder
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Workshop Objectives

  1. Describe the structure of CBT sessions for anxiety disorders.
  2. Define the components of the cognitive model of anxiety.
  3. Conceptualize individual clinical presentations according to the cognitive model of anxiety.
  4. Develop treatment plans from the case conceptualization.
  5. Normalize and build tolerance for anxious symptoms.
  6. Use cognitive restructuring techniques.
  7. Use in vivo and imaginal exposure techniques.
  8. Teach clients to implement affect regulation techniques.
  9. Use response prevention techniques.
  10. Explain how to reduce safety behaviors
  11. Decrease client avoidance and increase acceptance of uncertainty.
  12. Describe how to treat specific anxious clinical presentations.

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Applicant Prerequisite

This course is appropriate for those with a beginner to intermediate level knowledge in the mental health or medical field

Doctorate or master’s degree (or equivalent degree for practitioners outside of the US) in a mental health, medical, or related field. Core 1 Workshop recommended.

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