Category: Adult Anxiety - Social

Master Clinician Seminar

Master Clinician Seminar 6 - Assertive Defense of the Self: CBT for Social Anxiety

Saturday, November 18
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Sapphire 400, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Coping | Coping | Exposure
Presentation Type: Master Clinician Seminar
Level of Familiarity: Moderate to Advanced

Many therapists treat social anxiety with an emphasis on testing client beliefs that other people will be critical and rejecting if they make mistakes or look foolish. Padesky (1997) has argued that an emphasis on these "danger" beliefs misses the point with treatment of social anxiety. She suggests that, just like in the treatments of other phobias, treatment of social anxiety is more effective when the focus is on intensive exposure to criticism and rejection with the opportunity for coping practice.
Padesky developed a method, "assertive defense of the self," which guides socially anxious clients in the development of their coping skills to manage criticism and rejection as well as the confidence to use them. She uses video (Padesky, 2008) to demonstrate and discuss the several stages of “assertive defense of the self.” While this step-by-step approach is simple to understand, there are nuances that can derail therapists in its application. Padesky highlights common therapist errors and beliefs that interfere with successful treatment outcome.


Earn 2 continuing education credits

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Recommended Reading: Padesky, C. (1997). A more effective treatment focus for social phobia? International Cognitive Therapy Newsletter, 11 (1), 1-3.
Shafran, R., Clark, D.M., Fairburn, C.G., Arntz, A., Barlow, D.H., Ehlers, A., . . . Wilson, G.T. (2009). Mind the gap: Improving dissemination of CBT, Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47, 902-909.
Clark, D.M., Ehlers, A., Hackmann, A., McManus, F., Fennell, M.J.V., Waddington, L., Grey, N., &Wild, J. (2006). Cognitive therapy and exposure plus applied relaxation in social phobia: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 568-578.

Christine A. Padesky

Co-Founder
Center for Cognitive Therapy

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Kathleen A. Mooney

Center for Cognitive Therapy

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