CAOT- Fundamentals of anxiety interventions: Exposure therapy and relaxation skills training- Toronto, ON
23-Oct-2017 8:00 AM - 24-Oct-2017 4:00 PM
3299 Caroga Dr
Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1A3
Canada

Fundamentals of anxiety interventions: Exposure therapy and relaxation skills training

Toronto, Ontario

Monday, October 23 to Tuesday, October 24, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

This two-day interactive workshop equips occupational therapists with the fundaments to increase their competence and confidence in using two evidence-informed interventions for clients with anxiety: relaxation skills training and exposure therapy.

Day 1 of this two-day workshop focuses on the nature of stress and anxiety, the point at which anxiety becomes an anxiety disorder, and training in a set of relaxation therapy skills to assist clients in managing their own stress response. The emphasis is on diaphragmatic breathing training, progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), and passive relaxation.  Participants will experience each of the techniques themselves and engage in practice simulation in dyads and receive feedback and recommendations on technique.

Day 2 focuses on the use of exposure therapy, the foundation of evidence-based intervention for each of the anxiety disorders. Although seemingly straightforward, the effectiveness of exposure therapy decreases dramatically when several basic tenets are not followed. This session provides guidelines for effective exposure therapy and provides participants with practice in hierarchy development. The concepts covered in the workshop are adapted to exposure with specific phobia, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and post-traumatic stress. Participants learn the strategies, then conduct several simulations in triads to develop treatment plans for several presenting problems.

Participants receive a package of resource materials including presentation notes, over 30 pages of handouts for clients, a set of five relaxation training scripts, a guide to running a 6-session relaxation skills group if desired, and an audio CD that can be reproduced for clients for home practice. 

WORKSHOP LOCATION:

Fairfield Inn and Suites Toronto Airport
3299 Caroga Dr
Mississauga, ON L4V 1A3

Workshop topics:

Day 1: Stress, anxiety and relaxation skills training

  • The nature of the human stress response
  • Links between stress, anxiety, and the anxiety disorders
  • Rationale and context for relaxation training techniques
  • Diaphragmatic breathing training for self and clients
  • Relaxation and emotional acceptance
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) training
  • Passive relaxation training
  • Links between relaxation-based and mindfulness-based approaches
  • Cue-controlled relaxation procedures for managing stress in real-world settings
  • Troubleshooting relaxation: Problems to watch out for in clients

Day 2:  Conducting effective exposure therapy

  • The development and theory of exposure therapy
  • The Zones of Comfort rationale
  • The Therapeutic Window model for extended exposure
  • The use of Subjective Units of Distress (SUDs) in exposure work
  • The creation of exposure hierarchies
  • Creative strategies for imaginal and in vivo exposure exercises
  • The behavioural experiment: Integrating cognitive strategies with exposure
  • Accelerating change: Integrating relaxation strategies with exposure

Goals and learning objectives:

After taking part in this workshop, participants will: 

  1. Utilize three relaxation training techniques with clients.
  2. Explain the clinical reasoning for selecting a relaxation training technique with a given client.
  3. Explain the tenets of effective exposure therapy.
  4. Develop exposure hierarchies for a variety of clients with anxiety.
  5. Compare imaginal and in vivo exposure exercises.
  6. Integrate relaxation strategies with exposure therapy.

Target audience:

This workshop is intended for occupational therapist clinicians who wish to increase their confidence and competence in using effective exposure-based techniques and relaxation skills with clients with anxiety (including specific phobia, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia and post-traumatic stress disorder). Participants are expected to have a foundation on different types of anxiety disorders.

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc. 

Areas of practice

Mental health

Client age groups

School age children (5-12 years), adolescents (13-19 years), adults (20-64 years), seniors (65 years +)

Workshop level:

Intermediate (3-5 years of experience with mindfulness) 

Presenter:

Randy Paterson, PhD, RPsych

Randy Paterson, PhD, RPsych (British Columbia 01105) is a psychologist, consultant, and author in Vancouver Canada. He is the Director of Changeways Clinic, a private outpatient service specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. He has published and presented in the areas of attention, stress and information processing, attachment theory, and depression. Since 1992 Dr Paterson has been conducting therapist training programs on diverse topics, including the treatment of depression and the anxiety disorders, assertiveness skills, private practice management, and sexual orientation issues. He has presented over 200 therapist training seminars in Canada, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. He was the 2008 recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s Distinguished Practitioner award. Dr Paterson’s blog on mental health and psychotherapy issues can be viewed at www.psychologysalon.com. 

Registration fees:

Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by July 26, 2017

 

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*

Workshop only

$435

$385

$652.50

Workshop and optional related publication (see below)

$510.99

$460.99

$748.49

Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between July 27, 2017 and September 20, 2017

 

CAOT Member and Associates

Student Associates

Non member*

Workshop only

$485

$435

$802.50

Workshop and optional related publication (see below)

$560.99

$510.99

$898.49

Plus applicable taxes

*Pending sufficient spaces remaining in the workshop

Please note that for the 2017-2018 workshops, CAOT has reduced the registration fee for all registrants instead of offering a group rate. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.

Registration deadline: September 20, 2017 

*Maximum 45 registrants

**In many cases it would be more cost effective to become a CAOT Member or Associate rather than pay the non-member rate. See “Can a non-member register for a Workshop?” in our Workshop FAQ to know which membership category you are eligible for. 

Included with your registration fee:

Two-day workshop; an electronic package of resource materials including presentation notes, over 30 pages of handouts for clients, a set of five relaxation training scripts, a guide to running a 6-session relaxation skills group if desired, and audio that can be reproduced for clients for home practice; coffee/tea/water during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks; opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic; one-hour Q&A webinar with the presenter approximately 2 months following the webinar; electronic certificate of attendance

To reduce the registration fee by $40/day, lunch and snacks on your own. Please note that you may wish to bring a yoga mat on Day 1 for the experiential relaxation skills training activities.
Coping Strategies to Promote Occupational Engagement and Recovery

Optional related publication

McNamara, M., & Straathof, T. (2017). Coping Strategies to Promote Occupational Engagement and Recovery: A Program Manual for Occupational Therapists and Other Care Providers. Ottawa, ON: CAOT.

Save on shipping by purchasing this publication with your workshop registration! Hard copies of publications purchased with the workshop registration will be available to pick up at the workshop registration desk on November 3, 2017.

Member price: $75.99

Non member price: $95.99

For more information on this publication, please visit the CAOT Store.

Workshop location:

Fairfield Inn and Suites Toronto Airport

3299 Caroga Dr
Mississauga, ON L4V 1A3

Food:

To offer this workshop at a competitive price and to allow each one to choose food items that best suits their needs and preference, lunch is not included in the registration fee. Participants will either bring their lunch or they can go to one of the nearby restaurants.

Cancellation/refund policy:

All refund requests must be sent in writing to the CAOT National Office. Requests received prior to the registration deadline will be given a 50% refund. CAOT will not provide a refund after the registration deadline. CAOT reserves the right to cancel or modify the offering.

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