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Developed and delivered by the Discipline of Psychiatry at Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney, and open to all health professionals for continuing professional development.

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.

Course Benefits
  • Expert Trainers
  • Evidence-Based Training
  • Case Studies and Discussions
  • Qualifies for Continuing Professional Development Credits
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Central Location

Course outcomes

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

Course Content

Behavioural Therapy

  • Principles of exposure-based treatment
  • Imaginal exposure
  • In vivo exposure
  • Evidence base for behavioural therapy

Cognitive 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.

CPD accreditation

Suitable for

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.

Course advice

For specific advice about this course, please contact course coordinator Richard He.

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