Psychology Specialists of Maine hosts continuing education programs (CEU) approved for licensed psychologists, counselors (LCPC), and social workers (LCSW) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT). Our seminars are led by experts and specialists who provide advanced clinical training focused on expanding interventions and techniques for therapists in agencies and private practice. All events are held at the Daniel Hotel in Brunswick, Maine.

Friday october 18th, 2019 8:30am to 1:00pm (4 CEU)

The Daniel Hotel, 10 Water Street, Brunswick, ME

CBT for Panic Disorder

amanda baker, Ph.D.

Dr. Amanda Baker is a research and clinical psychologist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baker received her Ph.D. from Boston University and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baker is an active member of several professional societies such as the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

 Dr. Baker's clinical and research interests focus on the development, validation, and dissemination of empirically based psychosocial treatments for anxiety and related disorders. I am particularly interested in factors that may modulate the efficacy of cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) for these disorders; the role of cognitive vulnerability factors (anxiety sensitivity, cognitive control) serves as a prime example. She manages the clinical operations of the MGH Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders, and serves as the PI on a Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD funded study, Examining Psychophysiological Biomakers of Panic Disorder Using Network Science. She recently completed a two-year grant from Harvard Catalyst/The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center/National Institutes of Health to study intra-individual networks of panic disorder in hopes of being able to personalize CBT treatments in the future. She has been trained in a variety of evidence-based assessment methods and cognitive behavioral therapies for anxiety, mood, OC-spectrum and traumatic stress disorders. She has numerous published peer-reviewed papers and chapters on these topics.

Seminar description

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) offers significant benefit for patients with panic disorder with good tolerability and cost-effectiveness in a time-limited treatment. This interactive workshop will provide an overview of clinical characteristics of panic disorder and related differential diagnoses and provide an introduction to the clinical tools used in CBT for panic disorder. This program will focus on understanding and treating panic disorder utilizing the following skills: psychoeducation, cognitive therapy, interoceptive exposure, imaginal exposure, and in vivo exposure. Additionally, self-sessions, booster sessions, relapse prevention and common difficult clinical presentations will be discussed.

Learning Goals/Objectives:

  1.  Enhance understanding of the clinical characteristics of panic disorder

  2. Increase understanding of cognitive behavioral treatments for panic disorder

  3. Provide specific clinical tools/techniques to be used in CBT sessions with patients with panic disorder

  4. Discuss future directions and clinical applications of recent research on panic disorder

Registration Fee $149.00

Registration fee includes light breakfast, coffee, tea, water, and afternoon snacks on site.

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