Panic attacks are extremely common in the United States. Almost 5% of individuals will have diagnosable panic disorder at some point in their lives, and the lifetime prevalence of subclinical panic disorder is even more common: approximately 25-30% of people will experience panic attacks that do not progress to full-blown panic disorder (Kessler, 2006). These “subclinical” panic attacks can be just as distressing as the attacks experienced by those with panic disorder. Moreover, subclinical panic disorder can be associated with increased psychiatric comorbidity, as well as an increased risk for developing panic disorder.
With some focused training on panic conceptualization and abbreviated treatment components, clinicians can be armed to have a significant impact on panic attacks occurring outside of Panic Disorder. This course will focus on working with clients with panic attacks from a cognitive behavioral perspective, using an intervention that can be delivered in just one or two sessions.
1 Hour CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)
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Describe the general cognitive behavioral conceptualization of panic disorder, including the roles of cognitive distortions, anxiety sensitivity, and avoidance.
Apply the panic conceptualization to address at least three maladaptive thoughts and behaviors that reinforce clients’ panic attacks.
Apply at least three panic interventions to clients who are dealing with subclinical or mild panic disorder.
1. Introduction and panic disorder overview
a. Panic disorder in the DSM
b. Conceptualization of panic disorder
c. Panic disorder statistics
d. Research on prevention of panic disorder
2. Brief intervention overview
a. Ideal clients
b. Comparison with traditional CBT intervention
a. Step 1: General Assessment
b. Step 2: Psychoeducation about panic
c. Step 3: Correction of faulty beliefs
d. Step 4: Anxiety sensitivity and mindful redirection of attention
e. Step 5: Avoiding avoidance, safety signals, and self-medication
f. Step 6: Putting it all together
a. Why this intervention can work
b. When it may not be effective
c. Applications to other problems
Format and Length:
Recorded video format (non-interactive). Total running time 61 minutes.
To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.
Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:
After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.
Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.
Publication and Review Dates:
Course Published: May 5, 2021
Financial Support Statement:
SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.
Conflict of Interest Statement:
There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.
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