Institute of Mental Research
Institute of Mental Research

Exposure Therapy in the Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Fri, February 5, 2016
Exposure Therapy in the Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Dr. Eni Becker

Friday, March 25, 2016

Seay Building, 1.332, 9:00am-4:00pm

Workshop Leader:
Eni S. Becker, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

 

Abstract:
Worry exposure, which has been shown to be effective in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), is the central focus of the workshop. Patients with GAD suffer from chronic, persistent anxiety, which is characterized by complaints of worry. The worries are not necessarily perceived by patients as unrealistic but certainly as excessive and very hard to control. Worrying is seen as an emotion regulation mechanism that helps patients to regulate intense emotions. With worry exposure emotional avoidance is stopped. This workshop will show how to motivate patients to undergo worry exposure, how this exposure best done, and how worry exposure supports the therapy process. 

Exposure Therapy Discussion Panel (3:00pm-4:00pm):
Following the workshop, four panelists will discuss pitfalls of exposure therapy and address questions from workshop attendees

Panelists:
- Sarah Kate Bearman, Ph.D., Educational Psychology, UT Austin
- Eni Becker, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Radboud University Nijmegen
Mark Powers, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, UT Austin
Michael Telch, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, UT Austin

Moderator:
- Jasper Smits, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, UT Austin

This workshop is open to UT faculty, staff, and graduate students. To attend this workshop and discussion you must RSVP to:
Sara Witcraft
(512) 471-7694
s.witcraft@utexas.edu

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