Facilitator: Peter Aston, Psy.D. (he/him)

October 8th, 9am-5pm PST

 Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

California Psychology Center

This workshop will provide a practical and integrated system for assessing and treating clients with anxiety disorders & OCD, drawing primarily on exposure and response prevention while integrating elements of ACT, and self-compassion approaches to therapy. The workshop  includes discussion of core concepts of anxiety treatment and videos of therapy sessions to show  how we can bring treatment concepts to life in the room with your patients.

Taught by Dr. Peter Aston, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Stanford School of Medicine, the workshop will equip providers to effectively treat clinical anxiety with exposure therapy while also reducing provider burden. Dr. Aston provides specialty treatments within Stanford’s OCD clinic and teaches a course on anxiety disorders to graduate students in the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. 

This workshop is appropriate for clinicians (LMFT, LCSW, PsyD, PhD, MD) interested in sharpening their approach to anxiety disorders treatment. The workshop is divided into three parts: 

Transdiagnostic anxiety maintenance model 

  • A user-friendly model for conceptualizing all anxiety disorders

  • A practical system to use during the assessment and psychoeducation phase of treatment

  • High-impact psychoeducation to help clients understand exactly how anxiety gets stuck

  • Applications to other clinical presentations, such as chronic pain, body dysmorphia, and affect phobia

Recovery model (exposure and response prevention)

  • Exposure and response prevention principles for anxiety disorder treatment 

  • Treatment of anticipatory anxiety vs. in-the-moment anxiety

  • Pitfalls in doing exposure therapy

  • A practical and integrated system to structure anxiety treatment to reduce provider burden

  • Examples of guided exposure therapy exercises using role play

Integrating exposure therapy with self-compassion and ACT principles

  • Setting the frame for exposure therapy with self-compassion (vs. shame/perfectionism)

  • How general therapy skills can be framed and enhanced by an exposure therapy model

  • Helping patients balance pushing themselves with holding realistic expectations

  • Integrating values work and willingness with exposure therapy

  • Relapse prevention principles following recovery from an anxiety disorder

COST: The suggested cost of the workshop is $200. In the interest of disseminating this information to as many providers as possible, you are also invited to pay what you can or attend for free if payment is a barrier (no questions asked). Please note that there are no continuing education credits for this workshop. 

LOCATION: ZOOM (details to follow)

DATE/TIME: October 8th, 9am-5pm PST

The deadline to sign up is October 1st. If you’d like to sign up, please complete the Google Form below. Dr. Aston will be sending out detailed information to all those registered on October 5th, including a detailed schedule, handouts, slides, and other resources. Please contact Pete, if you have questions.