Full Course Description

2-Day Anxiety Certification Course: Integrate CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention for Treatment of GAD, Panic Disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety, & Phobias

Do you feel overwhelmed by the severity of your client’s anxiety symptoms?

Does their need to seek reassurance and perform compulsions prevent them from moving forward in therapy? You are not alone if you find your clients experiencing the same symptoms after several therapy sessions, if they get stuck on the “why’s” of anxiety, or if they are unable to take meaningful action against their anxiety.

Watch award winning experts in anxiety and OCD—Kimberly Morrow, LSCW & Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C—for this intensive 2-Day Anxiety Certification Course to learn the gold standard of care for treating GAD, Panic Disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety, and Phobias.  You’ll learn to skillfully integrate CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to climb over obstacles in therapy and gain confidence in your ability to treat the most symptomatic, anxious clients on your caseload.

In this intensive 2-Day Anxiety Certification Course, experts Morrow and DuPont Spencer make CBT and ERP intervention accessible and within your reach as a clinician.

You’ll start seeing real results with these cutting-edge CBT and ERP interventions, that give you:

  • Ways to help clients face their triggers and change their relationship with fear
  • Strategies to manage your own anxiety about treating your anxious clients
  • Methods to use exposure therapy in meaningful, successful ways
  • Specific strategies for Panic Disorder, phobias, OCD and social anxiety

Packed with videos, case examples, and opportunities to practice and build skills confidently, you’ll walk away with strategies you can use the very next day!

Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your confidence and your practice while helping your clients get their lives back!

Program Information


  1. Demonstrate the CBT session structure with anxious clients in order to achieve positive clinical outcomes.
  2. Assess for and diagnose each DSM-5® anxiety disorder, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, PANS/PANDAS, and Panic Disorder.
  3. Integrate Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) techniques to increase your client’s success.
  4. Utilize strategies that help family members become anxiety “coaches” for the client.
  5. Formulate interventions for challenging automatic negative thoughts in clients who have been diagnosed with anxiety.
  6. Plan when it is clinically appropriate to use extreme exposure interventions with clients.
  7. Demonstrate the use of interoceptive therapy for treating panic in clients.
  8. Analyze the purpose of utilizing paradoxical exposures when treating social anxiety.
  9. Apply knowledge about Generalized Anxiety Disorder to learn how to prevent fears about the future from interfering with quality of life.
  10. Utilize play-based exposure interventions for the treatment of anxiety in children.
  11. Employ Exposure and Response Prevention techniques to reduce symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
  12. Formulate treatment termination and relapse prevention plans with clients. 


Getting Started: How to Optimize the Early CBT Sessions

  • Principles of CBT – Establish roles and goals
  • How to socialize your client to the CBT Session structure
  • Getting your client to complete homework
  • What not to do (reassurance, rabbit hole)
  • Tools for goal setting
  • Begin with the end in mind: Termination considerations

Assessment and Treatment Planning: Set the Stage for Successful Treatment

  • Diagnosis – why it’s important
  • Key questions to ask at intake
  • Assessment forms – where to find them
  • Teach your clients to use a notebook
  • Using a SUDS scale

Anxiety and the Brain: What Every Client Needs to Know

  • Why this is a pivotal point of treatment
  • Simple ways to teach clients about anxiety and the brain
  • The role of avoidance and safety behaviors
  • Medication-what is helpful and what is not

The Art of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

  • Help clients ride the wave of anxiety
  • Create a fear hierarchy using SUD scales
  • How to set up an exposure
  • Strategies to handle resistance to exposure
  • What NOT to do and why

Cognitive Therapy: Change the Way Clients Think about Thinking

  • Empower clients to choose how to interpret their thoughts
  • Utilize values clarification to motivate change
  • Challenge distortions and core beliefs that get in the way of change
  • The role of mindfulness in anxiety treatment

Family Involvement: Teach Loved Ones to be a Part of the Solution

  • Help families learn healthier ways to talk back to anxiety
  • Teach how to respond without reassuring
  • Challenge loved ones to face their own fears

Phobias and OCD: Exposure and Response Prevention in Action

  • Identify OCD’s tricks
  • Strategies for the most common phobias (heights, spiders, small spaces and more!)
  • How to get comfortable with extreme exposures
  • Vomit phobia, fear of harm, contamination, obsessive thoughts, sexual obsession
  • Identify your own obstacles to successful ERP
  • Get out of the office!
  • When and how to use imaginary scripts
  • Demonstrations and practice

Panic Disorder: Interoceptive Exposure Techniques That Work

  • Why deep breaths aren’t enough
  • Practice breathing to increase CO2
  • Identify the fear in panic
  • How to induce symptoms of panic to build tolerance of discomfort
  • Strategies for choosing a panic behavior to replicate

Social Anxiety: Paradoxical Treatment Interventions that Get Results

  • Going after embarrassment
  • Tools to practice mindfulness during conversations
  • Build clients’ “I can handle it” muscle
  • Help clients improve insight about their fears
  • How to remove safety behaviors in social situations

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Worry: Helping Our Clients Live in the Present

  • Challenge the belief that “I won’t be able to handle it”
  • Understand worry as a compulsion
  • Skills to help clients handle distressing thoughts/feelings
  • Mindfulness to get out of the future and into the present
  • Write worry scripts, assign time for worry, chase after worry

Kids with Anxiety: Playing with Fear

  • Special considerations when working with children
  • School refusal, contamination, bad thoughts, PANS/PANDAS
  • Add play to your treatment plan
  • Strategies for age appropriate interventions
  • Teach kids to talk back to their fears
  • How to handle parent resistance/therapy interference

Termination and Relapse Prevention

  • Develop a client wellness plan that sticks
  • Help clients identify red flags for future struggles
  • Teach clients to do ongoing exposures
  • Establish a plan for when to return to therapy
  • Risks and limitations of the research

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 04/22/2021

Hoarding Disorder: Diagnosis, Assessment and Effective Treatment Strategies for Mental Health Professionals

  • DSM-5® and hoarding diagnostic criteria
  • Effectively treat hoarding behaviors with lasting results
  • Get inside the mind of someone with hoarding disorder
  • Develop collaborative professional relationships to coordinate community response

Hoarding is a complex disorder that isn’t resolved with a forced cleanout, but with customized treatment strategies for each individual. Join hoarding expert, Jennifer Sampson PhD LMFT, as they teach you how to get inside the mind of someone with this compulsive and complicated disorder. In the DSM-5®, hoarding is now recognized as a separate disorder, and you will learn the criteria you need to make an accurate diagnosis. Discover the potential health risks and emotional challenges associated with hoarding, and those in the community you can contact for additional help.  This special webcast is designed to give you the treatment strategies you need to help your client move forward and live a healthy, uncluttered life.

Dr. Sampson-Susag will use case studies, client stories, and respectful humor that provide an outlet for this difficult topic.


Inside the Mind of a Person Who Hoards

  • Uncovering the Person Who Hoards
  • Functional People Who Hoard
  • Co-morbid diagnoses with hoarding disorder
  • Biopsychosocial model
  • Implications of diagnosis on public safety
    • Communities: Neighborhoods, Multi-family Dwellings
    • Professionals: Code Enforcement, Fire, Law Enforcement

Diagnosis and Assessment of Hoarding Disorder

  • DSM-5® Criteria
  • Clutter vs. collecting vs. hoarding
  • Effective measures for assessment
  • Levels of hoarding
  • Emotional/psychological impact of hoarding on clients
  • Effects on physical health:     
    • Respiratory issues
    • Falling and Balance Issues
    • Dangers of Mold and Waste   

Treatment & Strategies         

  • Safety Day: Critical stress management approach to mandatory cleanouts
  • Coordinated and systematic response to forced clean-outs
  • Ambiguous Loss Theory
  • Trauma-Informed CBT, DBT
  • Working with the family of the person who hoards
  • Community collaboration
  • Reduce and prevent negative consequences
  • Recognize and respond to symptoms of psychological crisis
  • Support resilience:
    • Promote Safety
    • Calm & Comfort
    • Connectedness
    • Self-Empowerment
    • Prevention Strategies
    • Self-Care


  • Recognize effective diagnosis and treatment strategies of hoarding disorder.
  • Describe alternative options to treatment other than a forced cleanout.
  • Apply evidence-based treatment strategies to address issues of safety in hoarding disorder.
  • Develop collaborative networks in your area to form a community response to hoarding disorder.

Program Information

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 10/31/2013

The Top One-Minute Mindfulness Strategies to Use in Your Practice

In this program, Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, psychotherapist, former Buddhist monk, award-winning writer, and author of One-Minute Mindfulness will share his favorite One-Minute Mindfulness practices that can enhance your mindfulness work with clients. These easy-to-use practices are effective centering and stress-reduction strategies for working with mood disorders, anxiety, ADD, and PTSD. Donald will also explain how mindfulness recalibrates the brain by accessing the present moment. 


Donald is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including the Mindfulness Code (selected, One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2010), Meal By MealArt of the Inner MealLiving Kindness, and others. 


  • Use breathing as a powerful stress reduction method to counter anxiety
  • Describe how to focus attention away from negative mood states by grounding awareness in the external world
  • Explain a calming meditation for increasing concentration and shown to be helpful for ADD
  • Create space from feelings of depression through affirmation and intention as a way to strengthen feelings of safety
  • Use gratitude as a daily practice to create a new narrative and reduce depression

Power of "One-Minute Mindfulness"
One-Minute Mindfulness Promotes Emotional Regulation and changes the brain
De-Stress Your Inner Space

  • Stress detox using the breath

Find Pleasantness

  • A grounding method for refocusing attention
  • Deal with anxious thoughts and PTSD

Meditation Strategy

  • Enhance concentration
  • Work with ADD
  • Reduce stress

One-Minute Centering Intentions and Affirmations

  • Strategies to reduce depression
  • Strategies to increase feelings of safety

Gratitude for the Day

  • A method to reduce depression
  • Engage awareness
  • Focus on the positive

Silence and Lessons from the Earth

  • A powerful means of reconnecting with one’s:
    1. Inner wisdom
    2. Sense of peace
    3. Calm
    4. Clarity


Program Information

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Case Managers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 07/16/2012