Promoting collaboration, case consultation, clinical work, and networking around evidence-based treatment of social anxiety disorder.
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"I joined the Social Anxiety Special Interest Group (SIG) to improve my ability to work more effectively with clients who struggle with social anxiety. The monthly meetings provide a forum where skilled clinicians present complex clinical cases and provide each other with feedback. The members are welcoming and have been extremely knowledgeable and helpful."
- Nancy Miller, PsyD
- Andrew Rosen, PhD, ABPP, Center for Anxiety Disorders
- Taylor Wilmer, PhD, Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change
- Suma Chand, PhD, ACT, SLUCare Physician Group
- Celeste Conlon, PhD, National Social Anxiety Center - Houston/Sugar Land Clinic
- Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP, Emory University School of Medicine
"I joined the ADAA Social Anxiety Special Interest Group (SIG) more than 2 years ago with a goal of learning more about this disorder and providing better treatment to my clients with SAD. The SIG exceeded my expectations by providing a supportive, collegial atmosphere with excellent case consultation and sharing. I highly recommend it to ADAA members seeking more knowledge about this disorder." - Randy Weiss, LCSW
The Social Anxiety Special Interest Group (SIG) focuses on bringing together clinical, research, and education professional from across the country who are interested in sharing and learning about social anxiety disorder. Our SIG hosts monthly peer consultation meetings, during which attendees present challenging clinical cases and discuss various evidence-based approaches to social anxiety treatment. Our peer consultation meetings are attended by clinicians at all levels of training, from research assistants and graduate students to clinic directors and professors. In the past year, our peer consultation meetings served as an important resource for clinicians to share thoughts, ideas, and recommendations for continuing to provide exposure-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety via telehealth in the context of the pandemic. In addition to supporting ongoing clinical dialogue among clinicians, we aim to increase awareness of social anxiety disorder among the public. To this aim, the Social Anxiety SIG collaborated with ADAA leadership to revise the ADAA Social Anxiety Brochure, which offers information for consumers on identifying, understanding, and seeking treatment for social anxiety disorder. Board members of the National Social Anxiety Center continue to plan an active role in the educational activities of the Social Anxiety SIG.
In the coming year, we plan to continue to use monthly meetings for case consultation, as well as incorporate clinical topic and research article discussions, with the aim of facilitating ongoing clinical education and helping our members stay up to date with recent developments in the field. We plan to partner with NSAC for co-sponsored clinical education seminars, and we hope to collaborate with other SIGs across ADAA to encourage interdisciplinary clinical dialogue and consultation. To further support public awareness, we also plan to work with ADAA leadership to update the Social Anxiety Disorder informational page on the ADAA website.