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Social Anxiety and Perfectionism: Clinical Tools to Let Go of Unrealistic Standards and Build Real Connections

Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP
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Your clients with perfectionism are in a no-win situation, and it can feel like you’re stuck there with them.

When perfectionism exacerbates social anxiety, your clients struggle to stand up for themselves – to assert their needs in high-stakes situations – and seek assistance from others. Their lives are one missed opportunity after another.

When your clients fail to meet their own unachievable standards, they maintain that being hard on themselves is necessary for success – despite your attempts to soften their self-criticism and educate them on how it impairs performance.

When you highlight their victories, they reset the bar and insist that the standards weren’t demanding enough in the first place.

The toolbox for social anxiety treatment that you already have is incomplete if it doesn’t have strategies to shift perfectionism.

Join distinguished expert Dr. Martin M. Antony for this unique one-day training that provides practical, step-by-step, evidence-based strategies for helping clients overcome perfectionism-driven social anxiety. You will learn to:

  • Deliver concrete cognitive strategies tailored to create positive change for clients who struggle with unreasonable social standards
  • Overcome common roadblocks to exposure therapy and utilize exposure exercises to increase social interaction
  • Connect clients with their values as a source of motivation for shifting both their perfectionistic mindset and their social behaviors

Your clients need your help to address unrealistic standards and build real connections. Get the cutting-edge strategies you need to make a difference in their lives. All with our 100% Satisfaction guarantee. Register today!


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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 33 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 employment relationships with Toronto Metropolitan University, Ontario Health, McMaster University, and University of Toronto. He is a national speaker and receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Antony receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Martin Antony is a fellow with the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Association for Psychological Science, and the Canadian Psychological Association. He serves as a scientific committee member of Anxiety Canada. Dr. Antony is a member of Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the International Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.

Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a 70-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


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  1. Evaluate the relationship between social anxiety disorder and perfectionism to inform clinical interventions.
  2. Conduct interview-based, self-report, and behavioral assessments of social anxiety and perfectionism to inform the clinician's choice of treatment interventions.
  3. Practice three cognitive therapy strategies targeting distorted thinking patterns relevant to social anxiety and perfectionism.
  4. Differentiate effective versus ineffective principles for designing exposure assignments to alleviate symptoms of social anxiety and perfectionism.
  5. Employ mindfulness practices to help clients shift from a control-focused state to an acceptance-focused state to improve treatment outcomes.
  6. Construct effective strategies to defuse resistance to change and improve client engagement.


What Does Perfectionism Have To Do With Social Anxiety?
The Survival Value of Fear and Fitting In
  • Myths and realities of social anxiety
  • The transdiagnostic nature of perfectionism
  • Best practice assessments for social anxiety and perfectionism
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social anxiety
So, Should I Help My Clients Lower Their Standards?
Implementing Cognitive Strategies
  • Common core beliefs, underlying assumptions, and automatic thoughts of socially anxious perfectionistic clients
  • How to catch distorted thinking:
    • Probability overestimations
    • Catastrophic thinking
    • Double standards
    • Overgeneralizations
    • Should statements
    • Selective attention
  • Cognitive restructuring done right – thought records and pie charts
  • How to design behavioral experiments and surveys that challenge clients unhelpful thought processes
  • Imagery rescripting to revisit and resolve painful social memories
  • Avoid common cognitive therapy mistakes and troubleshooting for common issues
  • Adaptations for working with children and adolescents
Help Clients Confront What Scares Them
Facilitating Successful Exposure
  • Common client and therapist misconceptions about exposure-based strategies
  • Principles of effective versus ineffective exposure
  • How to choose and plan the best exposure modality for socially anxious perfectionistic clients
    • In-vivo exposure
    • Simulated exposure and social skills training
    • Virtual reality
    • Imaginal exposure
    • Interoceptive exposure
  • The latest inhibitory learning approaches to maximize exposure therapy
  • Avoid common exposure therapy mistakes and troubleshooting for common issues
  • Adaptations for working with children and adolescents
Fostering Non-Evaluation
Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Approaches
  • Cultivate clients’ self-compassion and willingness to have internal experiences that are “negative”
  • Strategies for facilitating clients’ mindfulness skills
  • Facilitate behavioral change in line with clients’ core values
Motivational Interviewing for Socially Anxious Perfectionistic Clients:
Honoring Clients’ Ambivalence While Helping Them Change
  • How to monitor for and facilitate change talk in clients’ stories of social anxiety
  • Effective rolling with the resistance of perfectionism
  • Strategies for responding to discord in the therapy relationship
  • Tips to improve out-of-session assignments
Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks

Target Audience

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


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