Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D.
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto
Lights: When you shine a light on your therapy with anxious clients, what do you see? Are the two of you leaning forward as participants in a thriller? Or is your client detailing a documentary of anxious moments while you flip through a mental script and try to figure out what your lines are supposed to be? This all new workshop teaches you how to light up your therapy for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and social anxiety so you and your client are collaboratively engaged in viewing the central components of anxiety throughout therapy sessions.
Camera: An important factor in successful anxiety treatment is a clear conceptualization. Is your therapy focused on a coherent understanding of what triggers and maintains anxiety or is there a shadowy darkness obscuring it? Just as a camera guides the viewer to focus on the most important elements of a film, a coherent and individualized case conceptualization helps you and your client focus on the most important triggers and maintenance factors for anxiety. Learn how to collaboratively develop models for clearly understanding client experiences in GAD, panic disorder and social anxiety. See how a good case conceptualization helps guide intervention choices so that each session helps move the client closer to a successful therapy outcome.
Action: CBT for anxiety relies on action-packed methods for its success. Learn how behavioral experiments, imagery, interactive writing, and role plays can speed the pace of treatment progress. These methods lead to higher impact client learning than simply talking about anxiety and how to manage it. Over the course of the workshop participants will observe, experience, practice, and analyze principles for employing action??? methods throughout CBT for anxiety. This all new workshop builds on last year’s Action-Packed CBT: More Walk, Less Talk workshop. Attendance at this previous workshop is not required to fully benefit from this one.
Director’s Commentary: This new Show Me! Workshop is produced and directed by Christine A. Padesky, PhD, renowned for her clinical creativity. Observe her demonstrations of action-packed therapy methods as applied within anxiety treatment protocols for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety. Just as directors sometimes overlay their own commentary onto a film, Padesky provides commentary throughout the workshop to highlight therapy decision points and her rationale for the choices she makes. Participants are invited to practice and model these methods in role plays with time for questions and feedback.
DESCRIBE two reasons action methods benefit therapy for anxiety disorders
RECOGNIZE drift in therapy with GAD and use imagery and interactive writing to re-focus
PRACTICE use of PR Plans to develop “Then … what?” thinking
DEVISE behavioral experiments to test central beliefs in GAD, panic ???disorder and social anxiety
DETECT common misdiagnoses of panic disorder using a focused interview
LINK panic induction observations to Theory 1 and Theory 2 to maximize client learning
CO-CREATE Assertive Defence scripts for social anxiety
ROLE PLAY Assertive Defence practice
DEVELOP a personal plan to incorporate workshop learning into your therapy
This workshop is intended for:
Mental health professionals and graduate students in mental health fields. Advanced through beginning CBT therapists as well as non-CBT therapists are invited to attend. Advanced CBT therapists are encouraged to identify one or two clients with whom progress is unexpectedly slow and keep these clients in mind throughout the workshop. Those who teach and/or supervise CBT therapy can observe creative methods to increase trainee understanding and adherence to CBT anxiety protocols. Beginning and intermediate CBT therapists will discover ways to fine-tune and incorporate more action methods into protocols they may already know. Non-CBT therapists will learn CBT case conceptualizations and action-based protocols for anxiety disorders.