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2-Day Perfectionism & Anxiety Certification Training: Effective Tools to Navigate High Standards, Self-Criticism, and Unrealistic Expectations

Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP
Approx. 12 Hours
Aug 08, 2024
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When the critical internal voice of perfectionism fuels and maintains clients’ anxiety, your work is harder.

These clients assume you will judge them as harshly as they judge themselves...

...and your interventions fall flat as they cling to their deeply ingrained need to appear perfect, terrified of contacting the shame that comes with trying something new.

Progress gets thwarted – and failing at therapy will only make things worse.

Join Dr. Martin M. Antony, author of When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough, to get the keys to effective treatment of clients struggling with anxiety and perfectionism. Over two days of comprehensive training, you’ll get clear, useful, and impactful tools to help your clients move from self-critical to self-compassionate. You’ll learn:

  • Essential techniques to foster the strong alliance necessary for your clients to be vulnerable and take risks
  • Top perspective-shifting tools to help your clients detach from unrealistic expectations and become more accepting of what is
  • Evidence-based strategies from CBT, MI, and mindfulness and acceptancebased approaches to cultivate your clients’ confidence

PLUS, completing this course makes you eligible to become a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Provider (CCATP) through Evergreen Certifications!

REGISTER TODAY to restore your clients’ sense that they are good enough.

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Toronto Metropolitan University

Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist, professor in the department of psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University, and provincial clinical and training lead for the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program. He received his PhD in psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Previously, he was founding director of both the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic and the Psychology Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a past president of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Antony has published 34 books and over 300 scientific articles and chapters in areas related to cognitive behavior therapy and anxiety-related disorders. He has given more than 425 presentations to audiences across four continents, and has been interviewed, featured, or quoted more than 450 times in various print, radio, television, and online media outlets, including The Atlantic, BBC, CBC, Chatelaine magazine, CNN, CTV, Globe and Mail, National Geographic, National Post, The New York Times, O (The Oprah Magazine), Prevention Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Scientific American Mind, Time, Toronto Star, USA Today, The Washington Post, WebMD, and many others.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Martin Antony has an employment relationship with the Toronto Metropolitan University and receives a consulting fee from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is a national speaker and receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-Financial: Dr. Martin Antony is a member of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the American Psychological Association (APA). Martin Antony receives royalties as a published author.

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  1. Evaluate the transdiagnostic nature of perfectionism as it relates to treatment. 
  2. Articulate the relationship between perfectionism and anxiety-related disorders 
  3. Assess perfectionism and anxiety-related disorders through the use of two well validated instruments. 
  4. Utilize two cognitive therapy strategies to examine perfection-related beliefs and thinking patterns. 
  5. Evaluate principles of effective exposure therapy. 
  6. Develop an exposure hierarchy designed to elicit inhibitory learning. 
  7. Plan mindfulness practices to decrease mental evaluating associated with perfectionism. 
  8. Determine appropriate targets for behavior change based on a values assessment. 
  9. Utilize two different types of reflections to facilitate change talk. 
  10. Develop two strategies to respond to discord in the therapy relationship. 
  11. Analyze the utility of transdiagnostic approaches to mental health.


Perfectionism and Anxiety
High Standards Create and Maintain Worry

  • A false shield from shame
  • The transdiagnostic nature of perfectionism
  • Pathways to pathology
  • Adverse consequences of perfectionism
  • Development of anxiety – stress, learning, cognitive and biological models
  • Physiological basis of anxiety
  • Anxiety and related disorders - classification and differential diagnosis
  • Perfectionism and mental health - anxiety, OCD, hoarding, and more
  • How to talk with clients about perfectionism
  • Self-report, interview, and behavioral assessments

Cognitive Strategies
Help Clients Address Shoulds and Musts

  • Happiness is success, and other myths
  • Teach clients the levels of thinking model
  • Common distorted thinking – double standards, overgeneralizations, and more
  • Socratic questioning to examine beliefs
  • Top perspective-shifting strategies
  • Essential cognitive restructuring tools – thought records and pie charts
  • Action-oriented approaches – behavioral experiments and surveys
  • Mental imagery for perceived failures
  • Troubleshooting for common cognitive therapy errors
  • Case study

Exposure to Create New Learning
Tools to Decrease Distress by Provoking It

  • Address myths about exposure therapy
  • How to prepare clients for exposure
  • Effective versus ineffective exposure
  • Techniques – in-vivo, imaginal, interoceptive, and more
  • Develop a useable exposure hierarchy
  • Optimize exposure therapy with inhibitory learning principles
  • When to remove client safety behaviors
  • Practical issues when doing exposure therapy in person or via telehealth
  • Avoid common exposure mistakes
  • Case study

Mindfulness and Acceptance
Teach Clients to Drop Their Evaluating

  • How to talk about mindfulness and acceptance
  • Increase willingness to have internal experience
  • Foster non-judgment
  • Cultivate a compassionate stance
  • Tools to improve psychological flexibility
  • Formal and informal mindfulness practice between sessions
  • Discern client values and facilitate behavioral change
  • Case study

Motivational Interviewing
When Clients Maintain Rigid Standards

  • Uncover both sides of ambivalence to change
  • Access intrinsic reasons for change
  • Facilitate change talk based in values
  • Roll with resistance
  • Reflections, agreements, and reframes
  • Respond to discord
  • Improve participation in between-session assignments
  • Case study

Clinical Issues
Putting It All Together... Imperfectly

  • Integrate approaches into an effective treatment plan
  • Management of co-occurring depression
  • Overview of transdiagnostic approaches
  • When to refer for medication consultation
  • How to foster a strong alliance
  • Management of the therapist’s own perfectionism and anxiety
  • Adaptations for children and adolescents
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other mental health professionals

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