Full-Day Workshop With Reid Wilson


Full Day Workshop: Changing the Anxious Mind — Rapidly

Thursday, April 5
9:30 am – 5:00 pm

6 CE or CME Credits

Ticketed event (lunch on your own): 

Reid Wilson, PhD

Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Fellow, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT)
Founding Clinical Fellow, Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

This workshop will outline & demonstrate a rapid-gain treatment model for panic disorder, social anxiety, phobias & OCD. CBT is a first-line treatment for the anxiety disorders & OCD. Yet it can require a substantial amount of time, discomfort, & cost for the client, which can lead to treatment refusal, dropouts & lack of engagement. Preliminary studies are now pointing to the efficacy of briefer treatments, including published data on this model.

We will explore a method of initiating treatment that is engagement-oriented versus compliance-oriented and that encourages clients to adopt a simple yet paradoxical mindset that is manifest through provocative strategies that are arousal-congruent. We will outline the treatment strategy, step-by-step, and illustrate each stage with brief, professionally-videotaped segments of therapist-client interaction in the first two sessions of treatment with 3 different clients. First will be 2 brief segments with a GAD client; then a woman with claustrophobia, panic attacks, & fear of flying; and, 3rd, a man with severe OCD. The treatment protocol—built out of whole cloth within the first session—directs the entire therapy process.

The principal goal is to induce clients to voluntarily, purposely and aggressively seek out and embrace uncertainty and anxiety moment-by-moment as their ticket out of suffering. After successful behavioral experiments, the second goal of this intervention is to enable clients to adopt a long-term self-help protocol to respond to moment-by-moment doubt and distress. Attention will focus on how the clinician presents the paradigm in a manner persuasive enough to counter the dread of symptoms and their feared consequences.

Learning Objectives

1.Guide a client in logically dismantling the common dysfunctional frames of reference of an anxiety disorder or OCD.
2.Construct with a client a new, internally consistent paradoxical frame of reference.
3.Teach a client how to activate that new frame of reference moment-by-moment while engaging in threatening situations.

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