Online Course - Multi Media

Strategic Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

This course runs on PCs and Macs                     Published: Aug 2011

Course Description

Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental disorder, affecting nearly 1 in 5 adults each year. They take over peoples' lives by causing them to develop seemingly irrational rules in order to cope. Five anxiety disorders -phobias, panic, social anxiety, generalized anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)- control people by generating an absolute standard for certainty and comfort. This workshop will examine the common psychological aspects of this mental game, along with specific manifestations for each disorder. Using cognitive-behavioral principles, therapists will learn a strategic approach on how to help their patients find the courage and motivation to challenge their old beliefs and attitudes and rid themselves of this debilitating fear by confronting it head-on. Practical methods will be presented and demonstrated to enable patients to ignore the content of their obsessive worries and to explore the feeling of uncertainty rather than fleeing from it. After the presentation of general concepts, the workshop will focus on the treatment of panic disorder and OCD. For panic disorder, participants will learn how to divide and conquer: to interrupt anticipatory anxiety and then to manage physical symptoms using cognitive strategies, paradox, pattern disruption, exposure and interoceptive exposure, and peel away the ever-present "safety crutches." For OCD patients, participants will learn that persuading patients to adopt a new frame of reference is the therapist's primary task. This persuasive strategy, begun in the first session, will frame the entire treatment protocol. Concrete examples of interventions for both obsessions and rituals will be offered.


  • Explain how to shift a patient's orientation from avoiding to embracing fears
  • List five types of interceptive exposure that can be conducted in the treatment office
  • Identify how to persuade OCD clients to engage in provocative homework assignments
Price: $119.00
6.0 Credits

Reid Wilson


Reid Wilson

Reid Wilson, Ph.D. directs the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill, NC and is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Wilson is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books translated into nine languages. He is author of Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks and Facing Panic: Self-Help for People with Panic Attacks, is co-author with Edna Foa, Ph.D. of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions, and is co-author of Achieving Comfortable Flight, a self-help package for the fearful flier. He designed and served as lead psychologist for American Airlines' first national program for the fearful flier. Dr. Wilson served on the Board of Directors of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America for 12 years. He served as Program Chair of the National Conferences on Anxiety Disorders from 1988-1991. His free self-help website – – serves 385,000 visitors (16 million hits) per year. Dr. Wilson is known for his dynamic teaching style, interspersed throughout with humor. With 20 years of full-time experience as a specialist in anxiety disorder treatment, he brings fresh case examples to illustrate interventions and the process of change.