Effective Principles And Practice For Optimal Results With Your Anxious Clients: Intensive Course on Exposure Therapy

Effective Principles And Practice For Optimal Results With Your Anxious Clients: Intensive Course on Exposure Therapy

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The Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) approach to the treatment of anxiety disorders is seen as the most effective treatment available for anxiety disorders yet it is an approach used by some practitioners only. The theory behind ERP for the treatment of anxiety disorders is sound, well supported, and validated. Therefore, our anxious clients suffer needlessly while less adequate treatments or only medical approaches are applied to their care.


This workshop goes beyond the theoretical background for ERP and focuses on the actual practice. All of the anxiety disorders will be reviewed and case studies will be explored showing the ins and outs of using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and ERP in an intensive format. Designed to be used in weekly sessions, the techniques discussed will showcase how and why to use ERP to get best results with your patients.


Dr.’s Deacon and McGrath have been featured on television, radio, in journals and books, and have spoken internationally on the subjects of anxiety and ERP. They both authored specialist books on the topic, and are both on advisory boards including the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Foundation, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Currently, they are collaborating on research to see exactly why it is that therapists have difficulties using ERP, as well as how clients perceive ERP as it is applied to their specific case.


Running time: 334 minutes

  • Understand scientific advances in theory for optimal delivery of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
  • Develop case formulations and exposure hierarchies for clients with any anxiety related disorder
  • Convey a compelling rationale for ERP to your clients and colleagues
  • Utilize in vivo, imaginal, and interoceptive exposure techniques
  • Navigate common clinical challenges in the delivery of ERP

Patrick McGrath, Ph.D.

Dr. McGrath is the author of The OCD Answer Book and the workbook Don’t Try Harder, Try Different. He is also the Director of the Centre for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders at Alexian Brothers Behavioural Health Hospital. Currently, Dr. McGrath directs both a Partial Hospitalisation and an Intensive Outpatient Program for OCD and anxiety. He is the Co-Director of the School Anxiety/School Refusal Program and was recently awarded a grant from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs to begin a PTSD treatment program for returning veterans from Iraq.


In addition to treating clients, Dr. McGrath trains students from graduate schools across the metropolitan Chicago area and provides training on anxiety disorders. Dr. McGrath’s postdoctoral fellowship was at the St. Louis Behavioural Medicine Institute. His experience includes leading the Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) component at Michigan State University’s Counselling Centre and launching the Anxiety Services Program at Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward in Naperville, Illinois, treating individuals with intensive CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention treatment for all anxiety disorders. Dr. McGrath is a regular speaker at conferences for the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (for which he is on the Scientific Advisory Board), the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies. He has been featured on PBS television in Chicago for his work on PTSD, as well as in the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and on over 300 radio stations across the USA including WGN, The Sally Jesse Raphael Show and National Public Radio. He has also been featured on the documentary “Anxious” for the Discovery Health Channel, and three episodes of “Hoarding: Buried Alive” for the Learning Channel.


Brett Deacon, Ph.D.

Dr. Deacon is a clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychology at the University of Wyoming where he teaches courses in abnormal psychology and psychotherapy, supervises doctoral student therapists, and maintains a private practice. Dr. Deacon has received awards for his research and teaching. He has published more than 50 scientific articles, book chapters, and books on topics including the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders, psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, and the classification of mental disorders. He is co-author of Exposure Therapy for Anxiety: Principles and Practice, published by Guilford Press in 2010. Dr. Deacon is a frequent national and international presenter on topics including exposure therapy for anxiety and issues in evidence-based practice.

This online workshop will give you instant access to 5+ hours of video content, accessible via streaming on our website. You can view the course content in your own time, there is no time limit on access.


A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and completing a short evaluation quiz. Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online workshop.