This course - a companion to “Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: The Basics” - examines how CBT can be used to support clients suffering from Panic Disorder.
About this course
Panic disorder (PD) is one of a set of conditions which, along with the other anxiety disorders named above, collectively plague the lives of one in six or seven people in western, English-speaking countries. Many high-quality (that is: randomised, controlled trial) studies have shown that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, or CBT, has a high degree of both efficacy and effectiveness in treating anxiety, but each type of anxiety requires somewhat different treatment. This course is about using CBT with panic disorder. In it, we explain the basic principles of a cognitive-behavioural approach and list the key skills needed by CBT therapists. We briefly examine the conditions with which CBT should and should not be used. We then review the core patterns and symptoms of PD. The final section of the course examines the elements of a CBT assessment of PD: which modes of assessment are available (including a detailed discussion of the behavioural interview) and which interventions are usefully included in any CBT program for PD. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to: Name the main principles and strategies of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy); List the key skills and knowledge needed by CBT therapists in order to be effective treating clients with anxiety; Name ten conditions which CBT has been used for and four conditions which tend to be exclusion criteria from CBT studies; List at least eight client qualities which tend to indicate a positive prognosis for CBT treatment; Identify the core patterns and symptoms of PD; Discuss the modes of assessment commonly used in making a CBT-based diagnosis of PD; Discuss the predisposing, precipitating, perpetuating and protecting aetiological factors of a CBT assessment with specific respect to PD; Explain how to implement the CBT-based treatment components which should be included in a program for someone with a presenting issue of PD.
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