Contemporary Treatment Approaches for Anxiety Disorders
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This course is suitable for health professionals such as mental health clinicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counsellors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, schoolteachers, occupational therapists and consultants
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There are no specific degrees or course requirements for this course but mental health work experience is beneficial
Anxiety disorders cause significant impairment and disability, and the direct and indirect cost associated with untreated anxiety disorders is high. Effective pharmacological and non-pharmacological evidence-based treatments are available for these disorders. In this course, participants will learn about these treatments, including behaviour therapy, cognitive therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and pharmacotherapy.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to decide which treatment approach to use when helping people with anxiety disorders, plan the treatment accordingly and control the treatment process. Participants will gain a deep understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of these treatment approaches as well as their evidence base. When participants return to their workplace, they will be able to apply the knowledge gained from this course when helping people with anxiety disorders. For those who want to become specialised in treating anxiety disorders, this course will serve as a strong foundation for their further skill development under clinical supervision.
The course will cover the following topics:
- Principles of exposure-based treatment
- Imaginal exposure
- In vivo exposure
- Evidence base for behavioural therapy
- Identifying cognitive distortions
- Challenging cognitive distortions
- Managing rumination and worry
- Evidence base for cognitive therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Behavioural experiments
- Clinical examples of psychological treatments
- Evidence base for CBT
- Web-based treatments for anxiety: availability and evidence base
- How to use medications in anxiety disorders
- Medications that work and how to choose between them
- Benzodiazepines and anxiety disorders
- Combining medications and cognitive-behavioural treatments
8 hours in total over a Friday and Saturday afternoon
Examination paper for self-assessment will be provided
This course will be delivered in a classroom setting using peer-reviewed and evidence-based course materials. The trainers of this course are editors of the course materials. The development of course materials received financial support from NHMRC funded Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Anxiety and Neuroscience.
Professionally designed PowerPoint slides and case study video clips will be used in the training. Active input from the participants is expected. Course outline, PowerPoint slides and examination paper (for self-evaluation) will be provided to participants in printed format.
$400 per participant (GST exempt, subject to change)
2013: Intake 4
1 November 2013 (1:00pm-5:00pm)
2 November 2013 (1:00pm-5:00pm)
2014 dates to be confirmed
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM): 30 PRPD points + FPS CPD
- Australian College of Nursing (ACN): 8 RCNA CNE points
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP): 40 Category 1 points (Active Learning Module)
As new dates are scheduled enrolment is available on the Centre for Continuing Education website.
To register your interest in future courses please contact the course coordinator
T: 02 9845 7798