Category: Adult Anxiety

Workshop

Workshop 14 - Beyond Panic: Applying Interoceptive Exposure Across the Anxiety-Related Conditions and Life Span

Saturday, November 18
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Sapphire 400, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Anxiety Sensitivity | Exposure | Cognitive Restructuring
Presentation Type: Workshop
Level of Familiarity: Moderate

Interoceptive exposure (IE) is a technique in which clients systematically confront feared body sensations. Although usually associated with the treatment of panic disorder, IE can also be extremely valuable in the treatment of other anxiety-related disorders, such as social anxiety disorder, specific phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. That is, many people with clinical anxiety (a) experience panic attacks and/or (b) report fears of particular body sensations (e.g., "sexual" feelings that seem to occur at the "wrong time," getting dizzy when speaking with strangers) that exacerbate their anxiety symptoms. For such clients, in vivo and imaginal exposure might not lead to complete symptom reduction; moreover, inadequate treatment of anxiety sensitivity can leave such patients vulnerable to relapse. The aim of this interactive workshop is to give clinicians another weapon in their therapeutic arsenal against clinical anxiety, namely, to help them effectively incorporate IE into their practice when working with adult and youth patients presenting with clinical anxiety. We will: (a) discuss the rationale for using IE to treat concerns other than panic disorder, (b) help clinicians identify which patients and anxiety symptoms are most appropriate for IE, (c) demonstrate the procedures for implementing this technique using illustrative case examples and role-play demonstrations (including age downward extension for anxious youth), (d) discuss common clinician concerns and troubleshooting techniques, and (e) facilitate a Q&A between attendees and the presenters.



Earn 3 continuing education credits

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Recommended Reading: Abramowitz, J. S., Deacon, B. J., & Whiteside, S. P. (2010). Exposure therapy for anxiety: Principles and practice. New York: Guilford Press.
Boswell, J. F., Farchione, T. J., Sauer-Zavala, S., Murray, H. W., Fortune, M. R., & Barlow, D. H. (2013). Anxiety sensitivity and interoceptive exposure: A transdiagnostic construct and change strategy. Behavior Therapy, 44, 417-431.
Taylor, S. (1999). Anxiety sensitivity: Theory, research, and treatment of the fear of anxiety. New York, NY: Routledge.

Shannon M. Blakey

Doctoral Candidate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Shannon Blakey, M.S., is a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research centers on the cognitive and behavioral mechanisms involved in the maintenance and treatment of anxiety and related disorders. She also trains and supervises graduate students, post-baccalaureate research assistants, and undergraduate students in the assessment, treatment, and study of psychopathology. Ms. Blakey publishes research on the maintenance and treatment of anxiety disorders in peer-reviewed journals and is a regular presenter at ABCT conventions.

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Jonathan S. Abramowitz

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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