Changing the Anxious Mind, Rapidly: A Two-Day Training

Thursday and Friday, May 16th and 17th, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont 
12 CE Contact Hours

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Reid Wilson, PhD

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Course Description: 

When it comes to treating anxiety, growing evidence shows that the quickest, most effective approach involves ramping up fears while welcoming the experience. Attendees will learn how to rapidly engage anxious clients in the therapeutic alliance and then help them shift their relationship with their fears and override the responses that perpetuate them. The goal is to persuade clients to adopt a self-help protocol to voluntarily, purposely, and aggressively seek out uncertainty moment-by-moment. 

Learning Objectives - at the end of this conference, participants will be able to:

1.         Instruct a client in logically dismantling the common dysfunctional frames of reference of an anxiety disorder or OCD.
2.         Apply the logic of physics to paradoxical treatment.
3.         Reframe a new, internally-consistent paradoxical frame of reference for treatment.
4.         Describe strategies to shift clients’ orientation from defense to offense.
5.         Demonstrate how to activate the therapeutic strategy moment-by-moment within threatening situations.
6.         Modify the habituation model to accelerate progress.
7.         Teach clients specific procedures to control anxiety-provoking worries.
8.         Clarify how to adapt self-talk in order to influence the working memory.
9.         Demonstrate how to incorporate interceptive exposure within the treatment session for panic disorder.
10.       Identify the flawed goals of those with social anxiety and the underlying beliefs that drive them.
11.        Integrate both motivational and instructional self-talk cues to enhance exposure.
12.       Identify the benefits of an intervention which is arousal congruent.
13.       Defend the stance of wanting-what-you-don’t-want within paradoxical treatment.
14.       Explain how to activate “approach” emotions toward anxious uncertainty during exposure.

Reid Wilson, PhD, directs the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC. He is author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry and the classic self-help book Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. He is co-author of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions, as well as Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children. He designed American Airlines' first national program for the fearful flier and currently serves as the expert for WebMD’s Mental Health Community. Television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Katie Show, A&E’s Hoarders, and MTV’s True Life. He is a Founding Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). In 2014 he was honored with the highest national award given in his field, by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

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Thursday, May 16th and 17th, 2019
The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Coffee and Registration
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Anxiety Disorders: General Reasons for Treatment Resistance
Panic-Prone Personality
The Mechanics of Worry & the Responses of Worriers
The Threat Equation
Treatment Goals for Worriers
10:00 AM -10:15 AM
Break and Refreshments 
10:15 AM - 11:30  AM
         Special Considerations for Social Anxiety
         The Intentions of OCD
         Anxiety, Depression & Behavioral Activation
         Getting Things Done Briefly
         The Four Problems That Must Be Fixed
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
The Three Strategies That Must Change
Change & the Three Laws of Motion
The Work Is Moment-by-Moment
Opening Moves in Treatment
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch in the Retreat cafeteria and included with your registration)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Essential Treatment Strategies
Detachment & the Stepping Back Process
The Efficiency of Minimal Interventions
Changing Their Frame of Reference
Step Back to Step up
The Rules of Anxiety & OCD
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Questions and Answers
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM 
Coffee and Registrations
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The Getting Rid of Problem
Applying the “Letting Go” Notion
The Therapeutic Contract
Getting Them to Want It
Attention Is a Zero-Some Game
10:00 AM - 10:15 PM
  Break and Refreshments             
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM 
Arousal Congruence
The Skills of Therapeutic Self-Talk
How to Direct the Working Memory
Bringing the Amygdala along in Treatment
Interoceptive Exposure & Belief Change
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM 
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM 
Getting Them to Step toward the Threat
Why It’s All about Attitude
Aggression & the Game of Uncertainty
Conscious-Unconscious Integration
Challenging Safety Behaviors
Stepping Forward into Social Anxiety
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM 
Lunch in the Retreat cafeteria (and included with your registration)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
Behavioral Experiments in OCD
Standing without Crutches
Get Them to Be Cunning
How to “Act As Though…”
Cross the Transaction
Talking to Anxiety & OCD
Elevating the Competing Emotion
The Game & How to Score Points
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM 
Questions and Answers