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Systematic Desensitization Therapy

What you’ll learn

  • Explain what exposure therapy and systematic desensitization therapy are, for which client base they can be used, and why they can be effective
  • Deliver basic psychoeducation around the avoidance-anxiety cycle
  • Help clients connect to their values and engage in therapy
  • Help clients with basic cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) strategies for managing destructive thinking
  • Help clients use basic nervous system downregulation and relaxation strategies for managing anxiety
  • Learn about how to use elements of fading and grading in a systematic desensitization protocol
  • Create a systematic desensitization protocol for an avoidance-anxiety based client issue, such as eating disorders, social anxiety, OCD, or phobia
  • Learn how to deliver effective systematic desensitization therapy for clients

Requirements

  • Interest in mental health care, some knowledge of mental health issues and therapeutic approaches

Description

Learn how to create and deliver systematic desensitization protocols for your clients with For Anxiety-Avoidance-Based Disorders (such as social anxiety, phobia, eating disorders, OCD, and PTSD).

Exposure therapy can be an effective therapeutic tool for helping clients overcome fears and challenges. Systematic desensitization therapy is a systematic approach to exposure therapy that can help clients reach specific goals.

  • Effective approaches to systematic desensitization therapy involve:
  • A strong therapeutic alliance and sense of trust
  • The ability of the therapist to help inspire motivation and values-based action in their clients
  • The ability to deliver basic psychoeducation around the avoidance-anxiety cycle
  • The ability to help clients use basic CBT strategies throughout their journeY
  • The ability to help clients use  nervous system downregulation and relaxation strategies
  • An ability to grade and fade challenges flexibly
  • Knowledge of how to bring the approach out of the clinic and into the real world (“generalizability”)

    COURSE OUTLINE
    What is exposure therapy
  • What is systematic desensitization therapy
  • Psychoeducation around the avoidance-anxiety cycle and why exposure is important
  • Engagement strategies for clients, connecting to client values
  • Basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches to managing destructive thinking
  • Basic nervous system downregulation strategies for managing anxiety
  • Grading challenges and fading support
  • Creating a systematic desensitization protocol

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain what exposure therapy and systematic desensitization therapy are, for which client base they can be used, and why they can be effective
  • Deliver basic psychoeducation around the avoidance-anxiety cycle
  • Use basic Motivational Interviewing strategies to help clients connect to their values and engage in therapy
  • Help clients with basic cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) strategies for managing destructive thinking
  • Help clients use basic nervous system downregulation and relaxation strategies for managing anxiety
  • Learn about how to use elements of fading and grading in a systematic desensitization protocol
  • Create a systematic desensitization protocol for an avoidance-anxiety based client issue, such as eating disorders, trauma, or phobia
  • Learn how to deliver effective systematic desensitization therapy for clients with phobias, trauma, and eating disorders

Who this course is for:

  • For mental health care practitioners and students

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