Maximizing the Effectiveness of Anxiety Disorder Treatments

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Anxiety Disorder Treatments

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Friday, March 20, 2015

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Program Description
Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to identify which popular psychotherapy techniques can be counterproductive in treating anxiety disorders and why.

2. Participants will be able to describe how the brain learns danger and safety and the implications for treating anxiety disorders.

3. Participants will learn strategies designed to facilitate the process of learning
safety or that help interfere with the process of learning danger.

Despite the availability of effective treatments for anxiety-related disorders, not everyone responds adequately. Further refinement of existing evidence-based treatments and the development of additional complementary approaches is warranted. This presentation will review notable emerging findings on fear acquisition and extinction and discuss the relevance of these findings for clinical practice. The presentation will draw upon both clinical and basic research and suggest specific strategies that might enhance the efficiency and ultimate efficacy of interventions directed at syndromes involving fear and anxiety. The principles discussed will be potentially applicable to the treatment of generalized anxiety, phobias, OCD, PTSD, and several other clinical conditions.

Venue Location
Missouri Institute of Mental Health
4633 World Parkway Circle
Berkeley, Missouri 63134

Local: 314.516.8419
Fax: 314.516.8428


C. Alec Pollard, PhD


Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He is a licensed psychologist who works with a range of obsessive-compulsive and anxiety-related disorders, with a special interest in patients ambivalent about or resistant to treatment. He is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization’s national training initiative: the Behavior Therapy Training Institute. Dr. Pollard also serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and the Obsessive-Compulsive Cognitions Working Group research collaborative, and is former chair of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He serves as a reviewer for a number of professional journals and conference program committees and has authored over 90 publications, including 2 books: The Agoraphobia Workbook and Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety & Phobia.


Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH)

The University of Missouri, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned.
The Missouri Institute of Mental Health will award 3.6 clock hours or 4.4 contact hours (.4 CEUs) for this activity.

NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors)

MIMH is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC- approved clock hours for events (or programs) that meet NBCC requirements. MIMH is solely responsible for all aspects for the program.
3 hours are offered for this program.

Missouri Credentialing Board

The Missouri Credentialing Board has approved this program for 4 contact hours.


March 20, 2015

Missouri Institute of Mental Health
4633 World Parkway Circle
St. Louis, MO 63134

7:30 Sign-in, coffee

8:00 Current Evidence-Based Anxiety Disorder Treatments: A Brief Review

8:30 New Findings & Models of Fear Acquisition & Extinction

A. How the Brain Learns Danger

B. How the Brain Learns Safety

9:50 BREAK

10:10 Applications to Clinical Practice with Anxiety Disorders

A. Clinical Strategies to Interfere with Danger Learning

B. Clinical Strategies to Enhance Safety Learning

12p Adjourn


Special Needs
If you have special needs, we ask that you notify us at 314.516.8419 or [email protected] as soon as possible. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs.

Refund Policy
If you are unable to attend, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible. Cancellations received in writing five business days prior to the date of the program will be refunded, less a $25.00 processing fee. You may send a substitute, but we ask that you notify us in writing of this change. If you do not attend or send a substitute, you or your employer will be billed the full registration fee.


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