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: Which of the following is classified as an anxiety disorder in the DSM-5?
3: Which of the following is not one of the three components of the triple vulnerability model?
4: Early life experiences that lead an individual to perceive the world as unpredictable and uncontrollable best describes a
5: Which of the following describes the specific psychological vulnerability of intolerance of uncertainty?
6: Using the DSM-5, panic attacks describe a sudden episode of physiological and cognitive symptoms that culminate within
7: 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.
8: Agoraphobia typically emerges in
9: Compared to other anxiety disorders, agoraphobia appears to be relatively
10: Symptoms of separation anxiety disorder include all of the following except:
11: Using the DSM-5, the diagnosis of separation anxiety disorder requires onset of symptoms prior to adulthood.
12: Selective mutism is characterized by all of the following except:
13: The average age of onset for selective mutism is approximately
14: Which of the following is not a DSM-5 criteria for specific phobia?
15: According to the DSM-5, the essential feature of social anxiety disorder is
16: Which of the following best describes an individual with social anxiety disorder?
17: The hallmark of Generalized Anxiety Disorder is
18: The median age of onset for GAD is
19: Transdiagnostic models of treatment target
20: Which of the following is not a focus of anxiety treatment?
21: 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?
22: Which of the following helps with evaluating the accuracy of thoughts and then developing more realistic appraisals of the situation?
23: 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 _____________.
24: The avoidance of anxiety disorders is treated through
25: The natural decrease in physiological arousal and anxiety that one experiences when faced with the fear situation over time is called ____________.
26: Which of the following is the practice of maintaining awareness on the present moment?
27: 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 an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.

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.

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 has practiced for many years in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.