recorded webinar

Introduction to the Magic of CBT for Anxiety, OCD, and Depression



Elizabeth DuPont Spencer LCSW-C
Thursday, March 02, 2017 12:00 pm

In his efforts to provide empirical evidence for psychoanalysis in the 1950s, Aaron Beck, MD, was instead led to search for alternative explanations for depression. He discovered that distorted, negative thoughts are a primary feature of depression. This resulted in the development of cognitive therapy, which is a structured, short-term, present-oriented process. He later added a behavioral component after finding that people with depression also needed to have behavioral activation as a core component of treatment. As empirical evidence mounted, these same techniques were transferred to treating anxiety and other disorders. Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) has been demonstrated to be equal to and sometimes more effective than medication alone (J Clin Psychiatry 2004; 65(suppl 5). CBT is also proven effective with clients of diverse levels of education and income, as well as a variety of cultures and ages. CBT can be used in multiple treatment settings, including outpatient, inpatient, schools, and correctional facilities.
Because of its effectiveness, CBT is the treatment of choice for anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression not only because it reduces suffering but because it teaches skills that will help people stay well. Many therapists learn the basics of CBT in graduate school, but they desire more guidance in using these skills with challenging clients. 

Part I and Part II of this workshop offer a chance to learn important foundational skills that will allow you to take full advantage of the more advanced webinars and workshops available from ADAA online and at the conference. You do not need to attend both Part I and Part II. Join us in this interactive and fun workshop to learn the basics of CBT and how to successfully use this approach in your practice. 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to,

  1. Articulate the principles of cognitive-behavior therapy 
  2. Socialize a client to the cognitive behavior model
  3. Structure and format sessions 
  4. Connect thoughts and feelings
  5. Implement Socratic questioning
  6. Formulate behavioral activation with clients
  7. Identify and evaluate automatic thoughts
Presenter(s) Biography

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer LCSW-C



Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker, Board approved supervisor, and trainer. She is a graduate of Columbia University. She earned the Clinician Outreach Award (2012) and the Clinician of Distinction (2017) from ADAA. She has co-authored several books, including "CBT for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Training Manual for the Treatment of Fear, Panic, Worry and OCD" with her Anxiety Training business partner, Kimberly Morrow LCSW.

Anxiety Training offers effective online, continuing education for master's level mental health professionals and for organizations nationwide. Their evidence-based classes and courses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Exposure and Response Prevention help professionals build confident, successful practices that change lives. 

Their flagship course, CBT for Anxiety and OCD, teaches the skills to expertly treat anxiety disorders like panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, as well as obsessive compulsive disorder. The 12-hour course also satisfies the education requirements on the path to becoming a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional Through ICATP. 

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer is trained as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist using Exposure and Response Prevention for anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression. She has been in private practice for twenty-five years, working with children, adolescents, and adults. Elizabeth is a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA). Elizabeth works in Rockville, Maryland.

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer and ADAA

I am proud to be the daughter of one of the ADAA founders, Robert DuPont, MD. I joined ADAA as soon as I began my professional career. I knew I could turn to the many ADAA members who are experts to learn cutting-edge treatments to help my clients in my private practice. I have been a part of many ADAA committees over the years and always enjoy the connection with other professionals and the sense of shared mission to improve the lives of people with anxiety and depression. For the last 5 years, I have been glad to be at a point in my career where I can give back to therapists who are just learning about CBT with ERP through my online training business, Anxiety Therapy, which I co-owner with Kimberly Morrow. Together, we have trained thousands of clinicians across the country in evidence-based treatments, and we always let them know that ADAA is the place to turn for community, conferences, and resources. Elizabeth Du Pont Spencer is an ADAA Clinical Fellow.

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