In this webinar, we focused on these and related specific targets for intervention and illustrated how practitioners can best prescribe exercise to engage these targets and augment their interventions. The workshop began with an overview of the evidence, helping practitioners develop language for providing a credible exercise intervention rationale.
Growing evidence points to the efficacy of exercise for enhancing treatment outcomes for individuals suffering from mood- and anxiety-related problems. The literature on exercise makes clear that when people engage in exercise, they are more resilient to stress and better able to learn and consolidate or retain new learning.
We then turned to the specifics of developing an effective exercise prescription, attending to how practitioners must balance efficacy with feasibility and safety. Practitioners learned how to determine whether exercise is safe, how to progress training to the targeted intensity, and how to work with the patient to select appropriate activities.
Next, we discussed strategies for helping patients understand and overcome the perils of good intentions and the pitfalls that derail exercise attempts.
Practitioners also learned how to help patients manipulate their environment to maintain motivation for exercise and how to develop and implement self-monitoring strategies to facilitate this.
At the completion of this session, participants will:
- Know the efficacy of exercise for treating anxiety and mood disorders
- Know the role of exercise in resilience to stress and cognitive enhancement
- Know motivational strategies for enhancing the initiation and maintenance of regular exercise
Presentation Level: Introductory
This webinar is not eligible for CE credit.
Jasper Smits, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. The main objective of his research program is to improve the treatment of anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder) and related problems (e.g., smoking, overeating, physical inactivity). Jasper has published over 150 articles, book chapters, and books. He is a member of the Scientific Council for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Therapy and Research. A former Beck Institute Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Jasper’s clinical practice focuses on behavioral and cognitive interventions for anxiety disorders, depression and related problems. Jasper frequently gives workshops at national and international meetings and has authored a number of books aiming to assist therapists and individuals in achieving success in behavior change, including Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven strategies for overcoming depression and enhancing well-being, Exercise for Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Therapist Guide, and Exercise for Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Workbook.
Scarlett Baird, Doctoral Candidate in Psychology, received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she is a doctoral candidate. Her research and clinical work focus on the implementation and dissemination of physical activity interventions for veterans transitioning out of the military. She is particularly interested in facilitating the acceptability of these interventions with the aim that treatment may be administered in diverse settings to reach a broader scope of the patient population. She is also interested in identifying determinants of exercise engagement so that clinicians are better able to gauge patient progress and anticipate and address potential barriers to progress.