‍‍‍‍‍‍GAD, panic

social anxiety

Cognitive Workshops, 858 Bank St., Suite 108, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W3 Canada

tel: 613-238-4971   www.cognitiveworkshops.com‍‍‍

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.

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.

The Ottawa workshop is co-sponsored by Health & Counselling Services, Paul Menton Centre, and FIT:Action at Carleton University.

●    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

Learning Objectives

Workshop Agenda

TIMES:  In  Ottawa  and Vancouver the workshop runs from 9:00-4:15 on day one, 9-4:00 on day two.  In  Toronto,  it  runs  from  9:30-4:45 on day one, 9:30-4:30 on day two. Lunch is included with registration.

Day 1 – Morning

Lights, Camera, Action!

●        Different scripts: Client and therapist views of anxiety

●        Creating a common camera lens

●        Why action-packed CBT for anxiety?    

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

●        Lights: How to steady session ramble and wobble

●        Camera: Deriving the anxiety equation from client experience

●        Action: Imagery and interactive writing with GAD

●        DEMO & Group Practice

Day 2 – Afternoon

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

●    Action: PR Plan for GAD to develop “Then … what?” thinking    

●    Action: Behavioural experiments focused on uncertainty

●    DEMO & Group Practice

Panic Disorder

●    Lights: Opening spotlight on diagnosis

●    Camera: Deriving the panic model using an induction

●    Camera: Theory 1 and Theory 2

●    DEMO

Day 2 – Morning

Panic Disorder

●    Action: Symptom inductions as behavioural experiments

●    Action: Behavioural experiments (BEs) in session and at home

●    Action: Interactive writing to debrief BEs & maximize learning

●    DEMO & Group Practice

Social Anxiety

●    Lights: Criticism, rejection, and shame

●    Camera: Co-writing Assertive Defence scripts

●    DEMO & Group Practice

Day 2 – Afternoon

Social Anxiety

●    Action: Assertive Defence role-plays

●    Action: Imagery and behavioural experiments

●    DEMO & Group Practice

Lights, Camera, Action! – In My Office

●    Plan to incorporate workshop learning into my therapy

●    Strategies to stay on script

Final Director’s Commentary & Workshop Summary‍‍‍

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.









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.

This workshop is inten‍‍‍ded for:

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.

Ottawa, Oct. 25-26, 2018

Toronto, Oct. 29-30, 2018

Vancouver, Nov. 7-8, 2018

Christine A. Padesky, ‍‍‍Ph.D

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Education Credits

Everyone will receive a Certificate of Attendance after the workshop showing 11 hours of training. Further details here.

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How is this year's workshop different from last years's Action-Packed CBT?

Dr. Padesky has described this year’s workshop as building on last year’s, which focused on action tools themselves. This year she is teaching CBT protocols for three anxiety disorders, including the use of those action tools to make treatment more engaging and effective. The tools may sound very familiar to those who came last year, so the workshop will not be 100% new material to you. But It does offer a chance to apply those tools in very targeted ways that integrate with the protocols.