Social Anxiety: Effective Treatments and Emerging Approaches

This is an On Demand Webinar.  This webinar was broadcasted live on Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the most common anxiety disorders. The core feature of SAD is anxiety and fear related to situations where a person might be judged by others. These situations include public speaking, being the centre of attention, eating, drinking, or writing in front of others. Interpersonal situations, including conversations, dating, meeting new people, parties, and interviews, are also shown to cause social anxiety disorder.

As clinicians, how can we treat social anxiety disorder?

This webinar will give you an overview of cognitive and behavioural strategies for treating SAD. You’ll learn about theoretical foundations, empirical evidence, and practical application of well-established therapeutic approaches. These approaches include behavioural approaches such as exposure therapy and social skills training, and cognitive approaches, including experiments and cognitive restructuring. We’ll also discuss emerging thinking on SAD, including inhibitory learning approaches to exposure therapy and how your clients can benefit from it. 

Other social anxiety disorder approaches, including imagery-based strategies, acceptance, and mindfulness-based strategies to enhance client motivation and engagement, will also be explored. And we’ll delve into the evidence concerning key treatment decisions and modalities. This includes group vs. individual treatment; combining CBT with medication; clinician-supported self-help; internet-based treatments; etc. After this session, you’ll be armed with a detailed list of resources for the treatment of social anxiety disorders.

By the end of this training, attendees will be better able to—

  • describe evidence-based behavioural strategies for treating social anxiety, such as exposure and social skills training
  • describe cognitive strategies for treating social anxiety, such as cognitive restructuring and experiments
  • describe emerging strategies for treating social anxiety, such as mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches and imagery-based approaches.

treating OCD with Martin Antony

Martin M. Antony, PhD, is professor of Psychology at Ryerson University and provincial clinical lead of the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and previously served as president of the Canadian Psychological Association and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He has published over 30 books and 300 scientific articles and chapters in areas related to cognitive behaviour therapy and anxiety-related problems. Martin has given more than 425 presentations to audiences across four continents and has been interviewed, featured, or quoted more than 450 times in various print, radio, television and online media outlets.


TimeTopic Covered
1st hour
  • Overview of social anxiety disorder; introduction to psychological treatments; cognitive strategies (part 1)
2nd hour
  • Cognitive strategies (continued); exposure-based strategies; imagery-based strategies
15 Minute Break
3rd hour
  • Acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches; strategies for enhancing motivation and engagement; key treatment decisions

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

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For US Participants

  • Instructions on how obtaining your Certificate of Attendance will be distributed either upon completion of the Live Broadcast or after participants pass the Post-Webinar Quiz following the On Demand recorded version of the webinar.

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For Canadian and International participants

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  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
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