12-Mar-2020 8:00 AM - 14-Mar-2020 4:00 PM
Royal Hotel Trademark by Wyndham
2828 23rd Street NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 8T4
Canada

Anxiety interventions: Assertiveness training, relaxation skills training and exposure therapy

Calgary, Alberta

March 12, 13 & 14, 2020 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)


This three-day interactive workshop equips occupational therapists with the fundaments to increase their competence and confidence in using three evidence-informed interventions for clients with anxiety: assertiveness training, relaxation skills training and exposure therapy. The three components are designed to be independent so that participants can attend one, two, or all three elements, as they wish.

Day 1 of this three-day workshop focuses on the skills and knowledge involved in conducting assertiveness training with clients – particularly those who find themselves behaving in an overly passive manner in their interactions with others. The four basic communication styles (passive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, and assertive) are reviewed, as well as the internal and interpersonal barriers to being more assertive. In a series of presentation segments interspersed with interactive exercises, participants will learn the basics of nonverbal assertive posture, offering opinions, giving and receiving positive and corrective feedback, making requests, and saying ‘no.’  Tips are provided for practicing these skills with clients and planning their application in diverse settings and situations.

Day 2 of this three-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 3 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 workshop 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, and agoraphobia. 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.


Preliminary workshop agenda:

Day 1: Assertiveness training

8:00-9:30

Role of effective communication in clients’ lives
Four basic communication styles
Barriers to assertive communication: stress, beliefs, and social pressure

10:00-10:15

Morning break

10:15-12:00

Nonverbal behaviour across the communication styles
Clinical strategies to improve training effectiveness
Speaking up and giving opinions: Concepts and practice

12:00-1:00

Lunch

1:00-2:30

Importance of feedback: Giving and receiving, positive and corrective
Setting boundaries and saying no

2:30-2:45

Afternoon break

2:45-4:00

Making requests effectively using DESO scripts
Coping with conflict and confrontation

 

Day 2: Relaxation skills training

8:00-9:30

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

10:00-10:15

Morning break

10:15-12:00

Relaxation and emotional acceptance
Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) training

12:00-1:00

Lunch

1:00-2:30

Passive relaxation training
Links between relaxation-based and mindfulness-based approaches

2:30-2:45

Afternoon break

2:45-4:00

Cue-controlled relaxation for managing stress in real-world settings
Troubleshooting relaxation: Problems to watch out for in clients

 

Day 3: Exposure therapy

8:00-9:30

Development and theory of exposure therapy
Zones of Comfort rationale

10:00-10:15

Morning break

10:15-12:00

Therapeutic Window for extended exposure
Use of Subjective Units of Distress (SUDs) in exposure work

12:00-1:00

Lunch

1:00-2:30

Creating exposure hierarchies
Creative strategies for imaginal and in vivo exposure exercises

2:30-2:45

Afternoon break

2:45-4:00

Behavioural experiment: Integrating cognitive strategies with exposure
Accelerating change: Integrating relaxation strategies with exposure

 
Learning objectives:

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the core principles of assertive communication.
  2. Work with clients to identify, set, and defend personal boundaries.
  3. Devise and rehearse interaction plans with clients.
  4. Utilize three relaxation training techniques with clients.
  5. Explain the clinical reasoning for selecting a relaxation training technique with a given client.
  6. Explain the tenets of effective exposure therapy.
  7. Develop exposure hierarchies for a variety of clients with anxiety.
  8. Compare imaginal and in vivo exposure exercises.
  9. 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 and agoraphobia) and in training these clients to improve their assertive communication. 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
Adolescents (13-19 years), adults (20-64 years), seniors (65+ years) 

Workshop level:

Intermediate (3-5 years of experience with anxiety disorders)

Presenter:

Randy Paterson, PhD, RPsych

Randy Paterson, PhD, RPsych (British Columbia 01105) is a psychologist, consultant, and author (including How to be Miserable and The Assertiveness Workbook) 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 ww.psychologysalon.com.


Registration fees:


Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by December 11, 2019

 

CAOT Members and Associates

Non members

3-day workshop

$662.50

$993.50

1-day workshop: Assertiveness training

$287.51

$431.51

1-day workshop: Relaxation skills training

$287.52

$431.52

1-day workshop: Exposure therapy

$287.53

$431.53

Plus applicable taxes
*Limited spots available for 1-day workshops.*

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between December 12, 2019 and February 26, 2020

 

CAOT Members and Associates

Non members

3-day workshop

$712.50

$1068.50

1-day workshop: Assertiveness training

$337.51

$506.51

1-day workshop: Relaxation skills training

$337.52

$506.52

1-day workshop: Exposure therapy

$337.53

$506.53

Plus applicable taxes

*Limited spots available for 1-day workshops.*


Registration deadline: February 26, 2020

Please note that for the 2019-2020 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.

*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 in your registration fee:

Three-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 1-2 months following the workshop; electronic certificate of attendance


Save the date:
Q&A Webinar
TBD

Maximum number of registrants:  
45

Workshop location:
Royal Hotel Trademark by Wyndham
2828 23rd Street NE
Calgary, AB T2E 8T4

Cancellation/refund policy:

All cancellation/refund requests must be sent in writing to education@caot.ca. Cancellation requests received due to personal or family medical reasons (medical justification required) prior to February 26, 2020 will be given a full refund minus $50.00 administrative fee or after February 26, 2020 will be given a 50% refund. Cancellation requests for any other reason received prior to February 26, 2020 will be given a 50% refund or received after February 26, 2020 will be provided no refund. Substitutions are permitted, subject to a $50.00 administrative fee. 

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