Innovative CBT for Difficult Anxiety Disorders, a one day workshop for the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick, Fredericton, May 5, 2017
Approximately two-thirds of individuals with an anxiety disorder achieve clinically significant symptom improvement with standard cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) but only 25% - 40% achieve symptom-free status. Thus a significant number of anxious clients (25%-33%) show a poor treatment response. This one-day workshop addresses the problem of failed or, at best, minimal response to CBT in the anxiety disorders. It begins with an analysis of treatment failure, the nature of treatment-resistant anxiety, and the limitations of standard CBT. The remainder of the workshop focuses on innovations in theory, assessment, case conceptualization, cognitive restructuring, and behavioral experiments that target specific features of treatment resistant anxiety. This is an intermediate level workshop intended for mental health professionals with at least a basic understanding of CBT and clinical experience in the treatment of anxiety. Workshop participants will learn to (a) address poor treatment response in order to prevent discontinuation, (b) incorporate resistance issues into case formulation and goal setting, (c) tailor psychoeducation to increase “buy-in” of reluctant clients, (d) modify cognitive and behavioral strategies that target emotional reasoning, distress intolerance, and homework noncompliance, (e) treat excessive mental control effort, and (f) modify excessive fear of losing control.