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Integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Treatment for Anxiety in Clinical Practice

October 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Anxiety disorders are one of the most  prevalent psychiatric disorders affecting Canadian adults.  diagnostically, we have traditionally conceptualized anxiety disorders as a separate entities, with numerous disorders and diagnostic categories reflected in DSM-5.  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has emerged as a gold standard in effectively treating anxiety disorders, with high efficacy and low rates of relapse prevention.  This has resulted in numerous treatment manuals that are generally specifically-tailored to each anxiety disorder.

Physiologically, anxiety, regardless of the specific diagnosis, is the activation of the “fight-or-flight” response, also known as the sympathetic nervous system. Therefore, the same system is activated trans-diagnostically. The main difference between each disorder can be boiled down into one question: “What are you afraid of?”

In this workshop, we will discuss the physiology of the anxiety system, and, drawing on the work of many experts, will outline an integrated CBT model to explain the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders through well-researched principles of behavioural conditioning and cognitive science.  We will discuss an integrated CBT treatment protocol that will be applicable to the vast majority of anxiety disorders.

Facilitator:  Noah Lazar, Ph.D., C.Psych.

 

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