This one-day workshop will assist participants to work with clients who have social anxiety, generalised anxiety, specific phobias, intrusive thoughts and panic/anxiety attacks, using CBT Exposure Therapy.
When clients experience anxiety that gets in the way of functioning, life starts to get organised around the anxiety itself. For example, people start to seek reassurance, find activities to distract themselves or avoid the people, places and things that trigger their anxiety. Unfortunately, this just makes the anxiety increase in the long term. It has been empirically demonstrated that an effective way to deal with anxiety is to become habituated to the situations, triggers, thoughts or memories that are being avoided by actually being exposed to them. Of course, this seems counter-intuitive and there is an art in encouraging clients to engage in CBT Exposure Therapy.
Who should attend?
Social Workers, Psychologists, Counsellors, GPs, professionals working in a formal counselling role.
- Understanding Anxiety
- Anxiety Disorders
- Overview of CBT Exposure Therapy
- Preparing Clients for CBT Exposure Therapy
- Conducting CBT Exposure Therapy
The workshop will be a mixture of didactic and experiential. All of the skills taught will be practised by participants. Practice sheets and handouts will be provided.
Meet the Presenters
Kent Smith is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker in private practice. He works with people who have experienced trauma and live with anxiety & depression. He believes that these conditions don’t have to be a “life sentence” and gains energy from seeing people thrive and grow.
Peter Brennan is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker in private practice. Many of his clients have experienced trauma and anxiety and he has a particular interest in the interaction of these states within family relationships.
Thursday 23 August 2018 - 9.00am - 5.00pm
Registration from 8.45am
Fruit platters for morning and afternoon tea, with a fully catered lunch.
CPD: 7 Hours
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