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Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Therapists, Nurses Other Mental Health Professionals
- Demonstrate to clients the neurological processes underlying anxiety in a clearly understandable manner that enhances client motivation.
- Incorporate personalized goals to increase client engagement and focus client efforts on making lasting changes in the brain.
- Characterize the differences between amygdala-based and cortex-based anxiety symptoms in order to select the most effective treatment interventions.
- Individualize practical and evidence-based methods to resist anxiety and improve symptom management in clients.
- Demonstrate strategies for calming the amygdala without use of medication to improve client level of functioning.
- Recommend exposure-based strategies that change the amygdala responses to triggers to reduce anxiety symptoms.
- Employ a variety of strategies to improve clinical outcomes utilizing evidence-based strategies that target cortex-based responding, including cognitive restructuring, psychoeducation, cognitive defusion, distraction, and mindfulness.
- Differentiate symptom-producing cognitions characteristic of specific disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as it relates to case conceptualization.
- Analyze the clinical implications of how SSRIs and SNRIs promote the process of treating anxiety.
- Determine detrimental effects of benzodiazepines as it relates to anxiety treatment outcomes.
- Differentiate between rebound anxiety and relapse symptoms to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
- Breakdown the key elements of mindfulness practices in managing symptoms of anxiety.
- Present client education exercises that can be utilized in session to train clients in the use of mindfulness techniques.
- Appraise common reactions to aversion and utilize clinical strategies to replace them with mindfulness.
- Reframe exposure as an opportunity to teach the amygdala new responses in order to improve client engagement and treatment compliance.
- Utilize clinical strategies for exposure that reduce avoidance and train clients to push through anxiety.
- Employ effective strategies for reducing anxiety symptoms utilizing imaginal and in vivo exposure, including use of SUDS and attention to interceptive triggers.
- Provide clinical strategies for managing comorbid depression that reduce worry, rumination, and common cognitive errors while promoting positive thinking and social interaction.
- Use cognitive restructuring and cognitive strategies for managing symptoms of OCD and GAD that focus on scheduling obsession/worries and promote client acceptance of uncertainty.
- Implement interventions in a clinical setting that use a reconsolidation approach to reactivate a symptom-producing memory and disconfirm it.
Module 9: Cognitive Restructuring Interventions
- Cognitive Restructuring: Interventions for OCD and GAD
- Steps in cognitive restructuring:
- Guided discovery
- Exploring the relationship between thoughts and amygdala activation
- How to challenge distorted cognitions
- Tools for generating alternative perspectives
- Identify and stop anxiety-igniting thoughts common in OCD and GAD
- Strategies for embracing uncertainty
- Making OCD or worry the adversary: Don’t be bullied!
- Scheduling obsessions or worries to bring them under control
- Strategies to avoid counter transference
- Mindfulness tools for OCD and GAD
- Myths about working with anxious thoughts
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