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Cognitive Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorders in Adults and Adolescents

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A Social Anxiety Disorder is common and remarkably persistent in the absence of treatment. It typically starts in childhood or adolescence and frequently leads to occupational and education underachievement. Interpersonal relationships are impaired. Dissatisfaction with the way that life is progressing often triggers depressive episodes and there is a heightened risk of alcohol and drug abuse.

The workshop provides a comprehensive and practical guide to cognitive therapy for social anxiety disorder, with both adults and adolescents. It starts with an overview of the cognitive model, focussing on its treatment implications. Each of the steps in treatment is then described and illustrated with case material and videos of treatment sessions. The key procedures include: deriving with patients an individualized cognitive model; demonstrating the adverse effects of selffocussed attention and safety behaviours through experiential exercises; video feedback and other procedures to correct excessively negative self-imagery; training in externally focussed, nonevaluation attention; behavioural experiments to test negative beliefs; and ways of dealing with socially relevant traumatic memories (discrimination training & memory re-scripting). Guidance on the use of the most appropriate measures for identifying therapy targets and monitoring progress is also provided.

Location Reading
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 22 Apr 2020
Venue Address Reading University
Amount £130
Organiser Charlie Waller Institute
Speaker Professor David M Clark
Keywords anxiety, Cognitive Behavioraltherapy (CBT), Counselling, Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy
Regions South East