About the Event
Cognitive Behavior Institute is excited to welcome Larry Cohen, LICSW, A-CBT for a live interactive webinar on: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Social Anxiety Disorder: An Integrative Strategy
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm EST
Credit Hours: 6 Clinical CEs
Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been demonstrated in hundreds of outcome studies to be the most effective treatment for social anxiety disorder, the 3rd or 4th most prevalent mental health disorder in the United States (Mayo-Wilson 2014). However, there are several different CBT for social anxiety protocols, each with different emphases, although all sharing much in common.
This session provides an intensive overview of five evidence-based cognitive-behavioral strategies for the treatment of social anxiety disorder: behavioral experiments/exposure; cognitive restructuring; external mindfulness plus thought defusion; assertion training; and core belief change work (Hofmann 2017; Hope 2019; OXCADAT 2019; McEvoy 2018; Padesky). Attendees will learn how to apply, combine, and adapt these strategies to the needs of socially anxious individuals. Several of these strategies will be demonstrated during the session through clinical role plays. There will also be discussion on how to design and implement exposures as behavioral experiments to test and modify automatic thoughts, underlying assumptions and core beliefs for the purpose of decreasing social anxiety and building self-confidence. Many client worksheets, instructional handouts and questionnaires are provided for use and adaptation in your own practices. Attendees will become familiarized with the major debates among the three waves of cognitive-behavioral therapies as to the most effective strategies for treating social anxiety disorder, and how to integrate the best of each of these variant approaches depending on the needs of particular clients.
INTRODUCTION: ~45 minutes
- Me, NSAC
- Resources for therapists and for consumers
- Basic facts about social anxiety, and the role of shame
- Diversity factors in social anxiety
- The vicious cycle of socially anxious beliefs, automatic thoughts, feelings and behaviors; walking through an example
- Brief overview of outcome studies on social anxiety treatment
- Integrating the 3 waves: debates and syntheses
- Debate on accepting anxiety vs. decreasing anxiety as therapy goal
- The 5 core CBT treatment strategies: external mindfulness; cognitive restructuring; behavioral experiments; assertiveness training; core belief change work
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
EXTERNAL MINDFULNESS (CURIOSITY TRAINING): ~60 minutes
- Debate on external mindfulness vs. internal mindfulness (meditation)
- Thought and feeling defusion
- Introducing external mindfulness to clients with in-session experiments and video recording
- Clinical demonstration of introducing clients to external mindfulness in session
- Homework to help clients master external mindfulness while observing and participating
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
LUNCH BREAK: 45 minutes
COGNITIVE RESTRUCTURING (REFRAMING): ~70 minutes
- Themes of socially anxious hot thoughts
- Debate on defusing from negative thoughts vs. reframing them
- Debate on how and when to do cognitive restructuring for social anxiety
- Debate on targeting verbal vs. imaginal thoughts
- How to introduce clients to cognitive restructuring
- Clinical demonstration of role-played cognitive restructuring argument
- Clinical demonstration of use of confident imagery to reframe hot thoughts
- Homework to help clients master cognitive restructuring
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
BEHAVIORAL EXPERIMENTS (EXPOSURES): ~85 minutes
- Debate on exposures for habituation vs. experiments for learning / cognitive restructuring
- How to choose experiments
- Debate on what types of experiments to choose: straightforward vs. paradoxical (social mishap, de-catastrophizing, shame-attacking); examples of both types
- Debate on use of fear hierarchies
- In-session and homework experiments
- Use of video for in-session experiments
- Clinical demonstration of use of video
- Introducing clients to safety-seeking behaviors and how they are self-defeating
- Common safety-seeking behaviors
- Identifying, reducing and eliminating safety-seeking behaviors
- Carrying out experiments: before, during and after
- Debate on accepting anxiety vs. defying / combatting anxiety
- Strategies to increase follow-through and decrease avoidance of experiments
- Clinical demonstration of consensual role play to increase motivation to do experiments
- Use of surveys as experiments
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
BREAK: 15 minutes
ASSERTIVE DEFENSE OF THE SELF (HEAD-HELD-HIGH ASSERTION): ~40 minutes
- How to practice the strategy in session and in homework
- Debate on the limitations of the strategy, and ways to address these limitations
- Clinical demonstrations (2 or 3) of practicing this strategy in role plays
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
CORE BELIEF CHANGE WORK; ASSESSMENT, PROGRESS MONITORING, TERMINATION: ~60 minutes
- Debate on whether to target core beliefs at all when treating social anxiety
- Themes of core beliefs in social anxiety
- Helping clients identify their unhealthy core beliefs
- Helping client write drafts of healthy new core beliefs
- Core belief change strategies
- Clinical demonstration of core belief argument
- Clinical demonstration of Then vs. Now
- Review of using scales for assessment and monitoring progress
- Identifying treatment goals and fear hierarchies to provide direction & monitor progress
- Termination strategies to maintain progress, make further progress beyond therapy, and to prevent relapse
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Participants will develop strategies to help clients understand the impact of self- focus and self-evaluation when experiencing social anxiety, and how to train clients in the use of external mindfulness when socially anxious.
- Participants will develop strategies to train clients in differing means of doing cognitive restructuring before and after social anxiety triggers.
- Participants will develop strategies to help clients design, execute and learn from behavioral experiments / exposures to test socially anxious thoughts and underlying core beliefs, and to increase client motivation to carry out such experiments.
- Participants will develop strategies to train clients in the use of assertive defense of the self to increase self-confidence in handling fears come true.
- Participants will develop strategies to help clients identify and change underlying core beliefs that exacerbate their social anxiety.
- Participants will describe what social anxiety disorder is, its impact on those who suffer from it, and what treatments have been demonstrated to be most effective.
Larry is cofounder and Cochair of the National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC), a network of many regional clinics around the United States dedicated to providing and fostering effective, evidence-based services for those struggling with social anxiety. He has directed the Social Anxiety Help clinic (NSAC District of Columbia) in Washington, DC since 1990 where he has provided cognitive-behavioral therapy for more than 1,000 persons with social anxiety, and has conducted some 100 20-week social anxiety CBT groups. Larry is certified as a Diplomate in CBT by the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, which has also conferred on him the status of Fellow for having “made sustained outstanding contributions to the field of cognitive therapy”.
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Padesky, Christine (2008-2020). CBT for Social Anxiety: Assertive Defense of the Self; audio and video recordings of training seminars. https://payhip.com/b/bt593 and https://payhip.com/b/dZT2R .
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