The Nature of Anxiety: Understanding the Worry Cycle to Avoid the Reassurance Trap

Presented by Barry Barmann, PhD on 06-24-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

Anxiety conditions are among the most common and treatable psychological concerns presented in therapy. Research indicates cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a cost-effective and highly successful approach for the treatment of intermittent and chronic anxiety conditions. During this continuing education web conference, Dr. Barmann will discuss how he uses CBT to create a “strategic philosophy” for working with anxiety and obsessive compulsive behaviors informed by the latest research.

During this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Barmann will explain the factor most responsible for triggering the worry cycle as well as outline strategies for helping individuals reframe distorted thoughts and overcome self-defeating behaviors to more easily manage their anxiety. In addition, he will share clinical examples of facilitating individuals in therapy to identify personal beliefs that trigger worry and anxiety rather than teaching avoidance techniques. 

In an effort to help, clinicians may feel compelled to repeatedly offer reassurance to clients whose anxiety triggers uncertainty. Dr. Barmann will share his techniques for teaching those with anxiety to “think about how they think” and use this meta-cognitive approach to avoid the reassurance trap.

This intermediate instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Identify common beliefs that serve to fuel and maintain chronic worry.
  2. Describe the “cognitive formulae” which results in anxious arousal.
  3. Recognize how avoidance strategies become the problem as opposed to the solution.
  4. Explain the use of clinical metaphors in the treatment of anxiety conditions.
  5. Describe how to help anxious clients understand their relationship with anxiety.
  6. Apply the use of current technology and smart phones to enhance treatment gains.

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How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. Attendees may also access the web conference on a smartphone or tablet. 

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

At the conclusion of this event, you will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate. You will need to enter the start and end codes that will be announced at the beginning and end of the presentation. These codes confirm that you attended the entire event. You will be prompted to complete a survey. You will need to complete this online survey within six days of the event. Once you complete the survey, you can download a copy of your CE certificate instantly.

388CE hours and counting!

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

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This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

Excellent and very thorough explanation of the worry cycle!! - Cristina Fandino, EdD, MEd, RP

Meet the Presenter

Barry Barmann, PhD

Barry Barmann, PhD

Dr. Barmann is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating individuals with anxiety for over 30 years. He is a Professional Member and Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, as well as the International Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation. For more than 25 years, Dr. Barmann served as a Professor of Psychology for California Lutheran University, where he taught courses in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. He currently teaches continuing education classes about the relationship between anxiety and illness for the Nevada Board of Nursing. 

Dr. Barmann and his wife, Mary B. Barmann, MFT, are Co-Executive Directors of the Center for Anxiety & Chronic Worry, located in Incline Village, Nevada. Together they write a weekly column entitled “Got Anxiety?” for the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Sierra Sun, Lake Tahoe Daily Tribune, and the Nevada Appeal. They are currently in the process of launching a new Podcast series and YouTube channel (“Got Anxiety?”) this summer. For more information about Dr. Barmann, please visit his website at www.anxietytreatmentinclinevillage.com.

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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.