Centre for Continuing Education

Anxiety Disorders Course Online: The Treatments

Psychiatry. Encouraging a healthier community.

When it comes to anxiety disorders, Australians are struggling.

How confident are you about your ability to help anxious people?

Anxiety disorders are common psychiatric conditions with a devastating effect on quality of life that is often underestimated. Unfortunately, anxiety is as misunderstood among patients and health practitioners as it is common. While 14.4% of the Australian population exhibit symptoms of anxiety disorders, only half seek treatment. Of great concern is the fact that 40% of those who do seek treatment receive misguided advice.

Despite this alarming news, there is hope. The Australian mental health community, particularly the faculty of the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney, is rallying around anxiety research and clinical treatment, and has developed this self-paced online course to introduce you to the latest evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders.

If you are dealing with patients or clients with anxiety disorders, and you do not have a systematic approach to solving their anxiety problems, then enrol in this course and learn to treat anxiety disorders now.

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 online course is suitable for health professionals as well as trainees and students in the disciplines of health and medicine who have had some background knowledge about anxiety disorders. If you do not have any background knowledge about anxiety disorders, please complete Anxiety Disorders Course Online: The Foundations prior to enrolling in this course.

The course is readily available, accepts enrolments throughout the year, and does not have any prerequisite requirements, so you can start right away. There is no need to wait for a particular day or travel to the classroom. You take full control of the pace and schedule of your learning.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • describe the process of assessment of anxiety disorders
  • develop imaginal and in vivo exposure hierarchies for feared situations
  • identify and challenge cognitive distortions common to anxiety disorders
  • design a behavioural experiment to test an anxious cognition
  • systematically appraise the basis for the selection of particular treatment approaches to anxiety disorders
  • identify appropriate medications to complement cognitive-behavioural treatments for anxiety disorders.


A team of 10 experienced academics and clinicians from three institutions have contributed to the development of this online course, so you will gain exposure to various fields about treating anxiety disorders that these contributors are specialised in. You will not only learn how to interview your patients or clients and work out a treatment plan, but also be given step-by-step instructions on how to conduct behavioural therapy, cognitive therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy and pharmacotherapy. Specifically, the topics of the course include:

  • Assessment interview
  • Medical assessment issues
  • Diagnosis and differential diagnosis
  • Substance abuse and anxiety
  • Assessment tools
  • Principles of behaviour therapy
  • Imaginal exposure
  • In vivo exposure
  • Evidence base for behaviour therapy
  • Identifying cognitive distortions
  • Challenging cognitive distortions
  • Managing rumination and worry
  • Evidence base for cognitive 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 to treat anxiety disorders
  • Medications that work and how to choose between them
  • Benzodiazepines and anxiety disorders
  • Combining medications and cognitive-behavioural treatments.

CPD Accreditation

  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP): 40 Category 1 points

Delivery style

This course will be delivered in an interactive manner within an e-learning system at www.mhe.edu.au. Videos, quizzes and discussion forums are embedded throughout the course, so that you can learn and retain the knowledge better. With multimedia, when you are learning the course, you will not just listen, but also see key points, graphics and videos, so you can efficiently grasp the essence of the course. You don’t need to read a massive piece of text. The lecturers will use simple language to explain the complex concepts. They use case studies frequently, so you will have exposure to real life examples. In the future, when you face situations similar to the cases, you will then know how to explain what you see and hear, and how to deal with people with anxiety disorders.

Once you have enrolled and paid for this course, you will receive an email from the e-learning system confirming your login username and password. Please check your spam/junk mails. To get started with the course, simply go to www.mhe.edu.au, log in to the system, and then click the course title – “Anxiety Disorders Course: The Treatments”. Do the pre-course test and introduce yourself to the class, and then complete each of the modules and the exercises.

Within the e-learning system, you will see the following components for this course:

  • pre-course test
  • social chat forum, where you can introduce yourself to the class
  • Q & A forum, where you can ask questions and get feedback from the tutors and other participants
  • multimedia modules with audio-visual lectures and interactive quizzes
  • polls and topic-based discussion forums
  • lecture notes download
  • lecture audios download
  • assessment task
  • Statement of Completion download.

You will have 90 days to complete the course at your own pace. It takes approximately 21 hours to complete it. Within the enrolment period, access to the e-learning system is available anytime and anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable and high-speed internet connection.

The lecture audios were recorded in a professional studio and are of high quality. You can download them to your mobile devices and continue to listen to the course while travelling.


We acknowledge Professor Philip Boyce, Professor Helen Christensen, Associate Professor Rocco Crino, Dr Juliette Drobny, Associate Professor Anthony Harris, Associate Professor Caroline Hunt, Associate Professor Ross Menzies, Professor Michelle Moulds, Dr Christopher Ryan and Associate Professor Vladan Starcevic for their contributions to the development of this online course.

Free educational video series

Still can’t decide if this course is right for you? Why not get a taste of it for free? We have prepared a video series Getting Started with Helping People with Anxiety Disorders. This video series is presented by Associate Professor Anthony Harris, Professor Richard Bryant, Dr Juliette Drobny and Associate Professor Rocco Crino.

Learn the functions and symptoms of anxiety, explore two popular ideas to treat anxiety, and discover the techniques used by experienced therapists through case studies and examples.


  • Convenient online access
  • Mobile learning supported
  • High quality course audios
  • Expert academic support
  • Statement of Completion

We acknowledge the tradition of custodianship and law of the Country on which the University of Sydney campuses stand. We pay our respects to those who have cared and continue to care for the Country.