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Assertive Defense of the Self: CBT for Social Anxiety (USA 2017)

November 16 - November 19

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: two hour master clinician seminar presented at the 51st Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

MASTER CLINICIAN SEMINAR: Assertive Defense of the Self: CBT for Social Anxiety

PRESENTER: Christine A. Padesky, PhD, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Huntington Beach, California
Padesky brief biography

DESCRIPTION: Many therapists treat social anxiety with an emphasis on testing client beliefs that other people will be critical and rejecting if they make mistakes or look foolish. Padesky (1997) has argued that an emphasis on these “danger” beliefs misses the point with treatment of social anxiety. She suggests that, just like in the treatments of other phobias, treatment of social anxiety is more effective when the focus is on intensive exposure to criticism and rejection with the opportunity for coping practice.

Padesky developed a method, “assertive defense of the self,” which guides socially anxious clients in the development of their coping skills to manage criticism and rejection as well as the confidence to use them. She uses video (Padesky, 2008) to demonstrate and discuss the several stages of “assertive defense of the self.” While this step-by-step approach is simple to understand, there are nuances that can derail therapists in its application. Padesky highlights common therapist errors and beliefs that interfere with successful treatment outcome.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate the relative benefits of a focus on coping or danger in CBT with social anxiety
  2. Use a targeted interview to identify feared criticisms and “assertive defense” responses
  3. Design relevant behavioral experiments for out of session practice

RECOMMENDED READINGS
Padesky, C. (1997). A more effective treatment focus for social phobia? International Cognitive Therapy Newsletter, 11 (1), 1-3.

Shafran, R., Clark, D.M., Fairburn, C.G., Arntz, A., Barlow, D.H., Ehlers, A., Freeston, M., Garety, P.A., Hollon, S.D., Ost, L.G., Salkovskis, P.M., Williams, J.M.G., & Wilson, G.T. (2009). Mind the gap: Improving dissemination of CBT, Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47, 902-909.

Padesky, C.A. (Filmed appearance). (2008). Center for Cognitive Therapy (Producer). Social Anxiety: Assertive Defense of the Self. [DVD; Code: VSA]. Huntington Beach, CA: Center for Cognitive Therapy, http://store.padesky.com/vsa.htm

Padesky, C.A. (Audio recording). (2008). Center for Cognitive Therapy (Producer). CBT for Social Anxiety. [Audio CD; Code: SANX]. Huntington Beach, CA: Center for Cognitive Therapy, www.store.padesky.com/sanx.htm

WHEN: TBA

WHERE: San Diego Hilton Bayfront Hotel, 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

COST: Workshop fees $XX – ZZ depending on level and type of membership (plus convention registration fees). Pre-registration deadline: for reduced conference fees.

CONTACT: Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

Event website: http://www.abct.org/conv2017/

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November 16
End:
November 19
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Venue

San Diego Hilton Bayfront Hotel
1 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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