This anxiety treatment training course in Sydney is designed for health professionals who wish to learn how to treat anxiety disorders using evidence-based approaches. This course will cover behaviour therapy, cognitive therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and pharmacotherapy.
- Expert Trainers
- Evidence-Based Training
- Case Studies and Discussions
- Qualifies for Continuing Professional Development Credits
- Certificate of Completion
- Central Location
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Systematically appraise the basis for the selection of treatment approaches for anxiety disorders
- Construct and implement simple hierarchies for imaginal and in vivo exposure for a specific phobia
- Identify and challenge cognitive distortions common to anxiety disorders
- Set up and conduct a behavioural experiment
- Identify appropriate medications to complement cognitive-behavioural treatments for anxiety disorders
- Principles of exposure-based treatment
- Imaginal exposure
- In vivo exposure
- Evidence base for behavioural therapy
- Identifying cognitive distortions
- Challenging cognitive distortions
- Managing rumination and worry
- Evidence base for cognitive therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Behavioural experiments
- Clinical examples of psychological treatments
- Evidence Base for CBT
- Web-based treatments for anxiety: availability and evidence base
- How to use medications in anxiety disorders
- Medications that work and how to choose between them
- Benzodiazepines and anxiety disorders
- Combining medications and cognitive-behavioural treatments
Course delivery and materials
This course will be delivered in a classroom setting using peer-reviewed and evidence-based course materials. Course contributors include A/Prof. Rocco Crino, Dr. Juliette Drobny, A/Prof. Ross Menzies, A/Prof. Michelle Moulds, Prof. Helen Christensen, A/Prof. Vladan Starcevic, Prof. Philip Boyce and A/Prof. Anthony Harris.
Professionally designed PowerPoint slides and case study video clips will be used in the training. Active input from the participants is expected. Course outline, PowerPoint slides and examination paper (for self-evaluation) will be provided to participants in printed format.
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM): 30 PRPD points + FPS CPD
- Australian College of Nursing (ACN): 8 RCNA CNE points
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP): 40 Category 1 points (Active Learning Module)
- Australian Psychological Society (APS): APS Members can accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in CPD activities that they determine to be relevant to their individual professional skills, learning plans and goals. These may be self-initiated. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS.
- Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP): The RACP CPD Program is a self-directed and self-reporting program. Physicians' record and report on their continuing professional development activities annually. It is the responsibility of individual physicians to select the activities appropriate for their continuing professional development and to claim the appropriate level of points.
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA): Under the National Law, which governs the operations of the National Boards and AHPRA, all registered health practitioners must undertake CPD. Health practitioners can record and claim CPD hours with this course if they determine that this course is directed towards maintaining and improving the their competence in their practice. For more information, please refer to the CPD standards of relevant National Boards: Psychology Board of Australia, Medical Board of Australia, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, Pharmacy Board of Australia, Chiropractic Board of Australia, Dental Board of Australia, Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia, Optometry Board of Australia, Osteopathy Board of Australia, Physiotherapy Board of Australia, Podiatry Board of Australia, Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.
This course is suitable for health professionals such as general practitioners, mental health clinicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counsellors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, schoolteachers (school counsellors), occupational therapists, and consultants.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific degrees or course requirements for this course. However, having some basic background knowledge about anxiety disorders and/or work experience in the mental health area is recommended prior to participating in this training course.
For specific advice about this course, please contact course coordinator Richard He.
Want to get a comprehensive understanding of anxiety disorders and the theoretical underpinnings of the treatment approaches? Consider this workshop series:
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