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Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders




2 days


About the Course

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the gold-standard treatment for anxiety disorders. In this 2-day skills-focused and interactive workshop, participants will receive a thorough overview of CBT for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia, and social anxiety disorder in adult populations. Participants will learn how to identify and differentiate the clinical presentation of specific anxiety disorder diagnoses. Core psychopathology will be discussed along with cognitive behavioural theory.  Participants will learn and practice, step-by-step, how to engage clients in treatment, set treatment goals, structure therapy sessions, and apply cognitive and behavioural techniques to reduce anxiety symptoms (e.g., self-monitoring, guided discovery and Socratic questioning, challenging unhelpful thoughts and beliefs, behavioural experiments, exposure, problem solving). Participants will also learn and practice how to identify and address key thoughts and behaviours that maintain anxiety disorders such as, intolerance of uncertainty, beliefs about worry, misinterpretation of bodily sensations, hypervigilance, avoidance, safety behaviours, rumination, reassurance seeking, and self-focus in social situations. Strategies to identify and address common obstacles in treatment will be discussed. This workshop is appropriate for mental healthcare professionals and students from disciplines including, psychology, psychiatry, social work, counselling, occupational therapy, and nursing. Moderate familiarity with CBT is an asset, but not a requirement.

Your Instructor

Natalie Stratton, Ph.D, R.Psych

Natalie Stratton, Ph.D, R.Psych

Dr. Natalie Stratton is a registered clinical psychologist working as a full-time faculty member within the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University and the director of Emerald Light Psychology in Halifax, NS. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University; Toronto, ON) and completed her pre-doctoral residency at the Nova Scotia Health Authority (Halifax, NS). Dr. Stratton specializes in the delivery of evidence-based treatments, specifically Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and provides psychological services to adults and couples. Dr. Stratton enjoys providing trainings and supervision to healthcare students and professionals.

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