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New Frontiers – Connecting Case Conceptualisation and Treatment Implementation for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
25 September, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm AEST$44
APN CLINICAL FOCUS WEBINAR SERIES
‘New Frontiers – Connecting Case Conceptualisation and Treatment Implementation for Generalized Anxiety Disorder’
Associate Professor Maree Abbott
Clinical Psychology Unit, School of Psychology, The University of Sydney
About the ‘New Frontiers’ webinars: In 2020 the Anxiety Practitioners Network will be bringing you a range of webinars aimed at providing an up to date review of the current evidence-based psychological treatments for the anxiety disorders as well as emerging treatment innovations to help further improve treatment outcomes.
About this webinar: Generalized anxiety disorder is prevalent, disabling, has an early age of onset and a chronic course, and is unremitting without treatment. Our best treatment trials still struggle to achieve substantial rates of clinically significant change. It is largely understood among clinicians that this is a challenging disorder to treat, though we are often taught that the ‘worried well’ should be straightforward and that we should achieve good outcomes in a short timeframe. Theoretical frameworks for understanding generalized anxiety disorder remain largely unintegrated and individual treatment programs are often linked to specific models. This webinar will review the literature on assessment, theoretical models and treatment outcomes for generalized anxiety disorder. A framework for understanding generalized anxiety disorder will be presented that can be adapted for individual case conceptualisation and treatment planning using illustrations from case examples for varied presentations. The use of an integrated approach to treatment from a range of models will be proposed that connects with individualised case formulation. Common challenges in delivering treatment with this population will be highlighted, including a discussion of patient-therapist relational dynamics, and ways of addressing these will be suggested. Targeting relevant mechanisms of change for individual clients holds promise in enhancing outcomes for this disorder, which presents significant challenges in case conceptualisation and treatment outcomes for clinicians and researchers.
About the presenter: Dr. Maree Abbott is an Associate Professor, Deputy Head of the Clinical Psychology Unit and Director of Clinical Education for the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at The University of Sydney. Maree has over 15 years of experience working as a researcher, clinical psychologist, research supervisor and clinical supervisor, specialising in anxiety and related disorders. Most notably, Maree’s research has focussed on the areas of social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, clinical perfectionism and obsessive-compulsive disorder in adults and children. She has published extensively in these areas, co-authored popular manualised treatment programs and supervised numerous postgraduate research students. In addition, Maree is a Member of the Psychology Council of New South Wales, Chair of the Membership and Professional Standards Committee of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA), and a Fellow and Lifetime member of ACPA.