The Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders using the DSM-5 and includes a discussion of panic disorder, agoraphobia, separation anxiety disorder, selective mutism, specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.  Case presentations are given.  The course also explores the following topics:  the DSM-5, the triple vulnerability model, the transdiagnostic model of treatment, motivational enhancement, psychoeducation, self-monitoring, cognitive restructuring, avoidance, exposures, and coping skills.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  

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Course Reading:  Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Authors:  Eileen E. Joy, MA and Cynthia L. Turk, Ph.D.

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders.

Learning Objectives:  Describe the triple vulnerability model.  Identify DSM-5 changes to anxiety disorders.  Describe the rationale for the transdiagnostic model of treatment.  Describe the functional nature of anxiety.  Describe the role of avoidance in the maintenance of anxiety.   Give an example of an incompatible behavior.  Describe the three types of exposures.

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1: Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health diagnosis in the US, with over __________ of Americans living with one at some point in their lives.
2: The DSM-5 classifies __________ anxiety disorders.
3: In the DSM-5, post-traumatic stress disorder is classified as
4: Which of the following is classified as an anxiety disorder in the DSM-5?
5: Which of the following is not one of the three components of the triple vulnerability model?
6: Early life experiences that lead an individual to perceive the world as unpredictable and uncontrollable best describes a
7: Which of the following describes the specific psychological vulnerability of thought action fusion?
8: Which of the following describes the specific psychological vulnerability of intolerance of uncertainty?
9: Using the DSM-5, panic attacks describe a sudden episode of physiological and cognitive symptoms that culminate within
10: What percent of those who have experienced a panic attack develop a panic disorder?
11: Using the DSM-5, agoraphobia is characterized by fear or anxiety of being in at least _________ of the following situations:  on public transportation, in open spaces, in enclosed spaces, in crowds or standing in line, and outside of the home alone.
12: In the DSM-5, agoraphobia
13: Agoraphobia typically emerges in
14: Compared to other anxiety disorders, agoraphobia appears to be relatively
15: Using the DSM-5, how long must clinically significant symptoms of separation anxiety persist for those under 18 years of age?
16: Symptoms of separation anxiety disorder include all of the following except:
17: Using the DSM-5, the diagnosis of separation anxiety disorder requires onset of symptoms prior to adulthood.
18: Selective mutism is characterized by all of the following except:
19: The DSM-5 classifies selective mutism under
20: The average age of onset for selective mutism is approximately
21: Which subtype of specific phobia may experience an initial increase then decrease in heart rate and blood pressure?
22: Which of the following is not a DSM-5 criteria for specific phobia?
23: Regarding the lifetime prevalence of each subtype, which phobias are the most common?
24: Specific phobias appear to be _________ compared to other anxiety disorders.
25: According to the DSM-5, the essential feature of social anxiety disorder is
26: Social anxiety disorder is the ________ most common psychiatric disorder.
27: Which of the following best describes an individual with social anxiety disorder?
28: The hallmark of Generalized Anxiety Disorder is
29: The median age of onset for GAD is
30: The transdiagnostic model of treatment focuses on
31: Transdiagnostic models of treatment target
32: Which of the following may be used to enhance clients' motivation by exploring their ambivalence and considering the benefits of change?
33: Which of the following is not a focus of anxiety treatment?
34: Emotions can be understood as having a cognitive, a physiological, and a behavioral component.  Which of the following is an example of a behavioral component?
35: Avoidance can significantly interfere with clients' lives when the avoided situations
36: Which of the following allows the client to be more present-focused and mindful of their own thoughts and experiences?
37: Which of the following helps with evaluating the accuracy of thoughts and then developing more realistic appraisals of the situation?
38: The technique that involves questioning the deeper meaning of emotional thoughts by asking 'what does this say about me?' and 'what would happen if this was true?' is called the _____________.
39: Which of the following is an example of an incompatible behavior?
40: The avoidance of anxiety disorders is treated through
41: Avoidance decreases anxiety in the
42: The natural decrease in physiological arousal and anxiety that one experiences when faced with the fear situation over time is called ____________.
43: Spinning in circles to induce dizziness is an example of
44: Which of the following is the practice of maintaining awareness on the present moment?
45: Which of the following is a treatment consideration for working with children and adolescents?

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 2 continuing education clock hours.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #6 Course #1557 from 9/8/2017 to 9/8/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 2

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.