Undoing the Anxiety Trick: Treating Anxiety Disorders with Acceptance-Based Methods

Presented by David Carbonell, PhD on 06-05-2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

All chronic anxiety disorders involve a “threat” that does not occur. Panic attacks do not kill, social anxiety does not lead to disgrace and isolation, obsessive doubts about the stove do not cause fires, and worry does not lead to insanity. The feared outcomes recede into the future the way optical illusions recede into the horizon.

Anxiety disorders are so powerfully chronic because a person who is chronically anxious gets tricked by their own efforts to avoid, distract from, and protect against perceived dangers. When those dangers do not come to pass, the person may believe they narrowly escaped from a terrible calamity and feel more vulnerable going forward rather than less vulnerable. The person can become increasingly afraid of more and more improbable events. What the mental health field labels “anxiety disorders” could be more accurately termed “the disorders of excessive self-protection.”

How can mental health clinicians help people with anxiety to recover? Clinicians can do this by teaching people in therapy how to disengage from the self-protective behaviors that trick them. In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, clinicians can learn how to help anxious clients find the evidence of this in their own lives, so they can help them approach and accept, rather than avoid and resist, the experience of anxiety.

In this web conference, Dr. David Carbonell will teach clinicians strategies to empower clients who have anxiety to see themselves as capable, good people who have been misled by anxiety, rather than as defective people who need to be protected. Dr. Carbonell will outline effective strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Metacognitive Therapy, Paradoxical Therapy, and traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients rediscover the hopes and dreams they had for life before they were derailed by their struggle against anxiety.

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

  1. Interview anxious clients from an empathic perspective to help them develop a different viewpoint on their troubles.
  2. Present and explain unconventional ideas to skeptical clients.
  3. Assist clients to identify, and gradually dismiss, their inventory of safety behaviors.
  4. Prepare a treatment plan which helps clients work with, rather than against, the symptoms of chronic anxiety.
  5. Utilize a variety of acceptance-based interventions.

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: This program presents a clinical innovation that combines traditional cognitive behavioral therapy with methods and interventions from Paradoxical Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Metacognitive Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Barlow’s Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of emotional disorders. It is consistent with the ethics code of the American Psychological Association. A significant body of research suggests that these exposure methods are effective and safe when properly applied.

Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: The presenter conducts trainings, provides clinical services, and has written books related to the content of this program.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety. To receive CE credit hours for an archived recording, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events are generally considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

GoodTherapy 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.

GoodTherapy is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 3/30/2019 – 3/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.

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To receive CE credit hours for an archived event, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 12 or 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events generally are considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

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Meet the Presenter

David Carbonell, PhD

David Carbonell, PhD

David Carbonell, PhD is a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating anxiety. He is the author of
four self-help books:

Dr. Carbonell is also the “coach” of the popular self-help website: anxietycoach.com. He has taught workshops on the treatment of anxiety disorders to more than 10,000 therapists in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Carbonell received his doctorate in clinical psychology from DePaul University in 1985 and has maintained a practice devoted to the treatment of anxiety disorders in Chicago since 1990. He lives in Chicago with his wife and a pair of rescue dogs. In his spare time, he is the founding member of The Therapy Players, an improvisational comedy troupe of professional psychotherapists in the Chicago area.

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Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
  • Logo 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.
  • Logo 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.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC 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 #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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