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Practical Strategies to Help Clients with Panic, Generalized Anxiety, Phobias and OCD

Presented by Reid Wilson, Ph.D.,

Thursday, December 3, 2020 – Friday, December 4, 2020  |  Richmond, bc

!  Important Notice:

This event will be rescheduled. More Information TBA once COVID-19 social isolation measures have been lifted.

Date & Location

Thursday, December 3, 2020 – Friday, December 4, 2020

8:30am – 4:00pm

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport

7311 Westminster Hwy

Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

phone:  604.278.5555

website:  www.executivehotels.net/vancouver-airport-hotel/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Important Notice

This event will be rescheduled. More Information TBA once COVID-19 social isolation measures have been lifted.

For all current and upcoming online courses, please visit our website webinars.jackhirose.com.

If you are currently registered for this event and would like to switch to an online course please email registration@jackhirose.com to be transferred.


In this fast-paced workshop, we will begin by addressing the common features and treatment approaches for panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety, generalized anxiety and worry, specific phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Some anxiety disorder treatment approaches rely on relaxation techniques and cognitive strategies to help palliate symptoms even before gradually exposing clients to the feared stimuli. But this can be a slow process that leaves some clients still preoccupied with avoiding the symptoms of their anxiety, dependent on safety behaviours, and vulnerable to anxiety-provoking circumstances that are strong enough to overcome their learned skills. This skill-based treatment helps clients find the courage and motivation to challenge their old beliefs and attitudes.  It permits them to embrace the symptoms of their anxiety and reduce the power of symptoms to arouse fear and avoidance.  Practical methods enable clients to ignore the content of their obsessive worries and to explore the feeling of uncertainty rather than fleeing from it.  Cutting-edge anxiety treatment is now pushing further into the confrontational.  Participants will learn how to help clients purposely to seek out anxiety as their ticket to freedom from crippling fear. During the workshop they will also learn a new broad strategic intervention that modifies the habituation model by teaching clients to win at the anxiety disorder game.

For panic disorder and its phobias, we will explore the world of provocative therapy, placing significant attention on shifting the patient’s orientation toward panic.  Participants will learn how to divide and conquer: to interrupt anticipatory anxiety and then to manage physical symptoms using cognitive strategies, paradox, pattern disruption, exposure and interoceptive exposure, and peeling away their ever-present “safety crutches.”

For obsessive-compulsive disorder, we will address the four guidelines that direct all treatment approaches Dr. Wilson will demonstrate how the therapist confronts erroneous beliefs and how he/she develops, assigns and follows up on homework.  This homework will include several pattern-interruption techniques that enable clients to engage in modified versions of their obsessions and rituals that, paradoxically, aim at helping them to let go of their symptoms for good. These skills can be applied to the treatment of washers and cleaners, checkers, repeaters, hoarders, orderers, cognitive-ritualizers and pure obsessionals.

For generalized anxiety, we will explore the common thinking errors of chronic worriers.  We will then identify a set of interventions to help clients with generalized anxiety disorder face unneeded worries head-on and dispatch with them.   Participants will learn the skills of confronting perceived cost, imminence and likelihood of threat, specialized relaxation and imagery skills, addressing insomnia, disputing cognitive distortions, treating worries when they are “signals” or “noise,” and helping clients to seek out uncertainty.

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Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Get Things Done Briefly

  • The new data on rapid change in treatment
  • The Key: Promote change by transforming beliefs
  • How to challenge resistance and the “getting rid of” pendulum problem
  • Why provoking symptoms is better therapy than tolerating them


The Four Paradoxical Strategies

  1. Step Back – Detachment and the Stepping Back Process
  • Detach from the anxiety-provoking topic
  • Change signals into noise
  • Step back to gain perspective in the moment
  • Generalized anxiety: “Maybe it’s this and not that”


  1. Want It – Voluntarily Choosing the Experience
  • Use the power of paradox to train the amygdala
  • Use interoceptive exposure to modify beliefs
  • Elevate a competing emotional attitude
  • Choose awkward, clumsy, embarrassed, and insecure


  1. Step Forward – Stepping Toward the Threat
  • Move clients from defence to offence
  • Persuade clients to provoke doubt and distress
  • The “seeking out” strategy
  • The “only do what you want to do” stance


  1. Be Cunning – Talk to Anxiety
  • The 3-step formula: Personify, Externalize, and Simplify
  • Welcome doubt and distress through the front door
  • The “act as though” principle


Doing the Work

  • The logic and power of self-talk cues during performance
  • Two forms of self-talk: Motivation & commands
  • The benefits of moment-by-moment goals
  • Generating and debriefing behavioural experiments
  • Play with anxiety: How to score points

Learning Objectives

  1. Teach clients a set of techniques for controlling anxiety-provoking worries.
  2. List four methods for generating alternative perspectives.
  3. Detail how to modify the habituation model to accelerate progress.
  4. Explain how to shift clients’ orientation from defence to offence.
  5. List five types of interceptive exposure that can be conducted in the treatment office.
  6. Illustrate the flawed goals of those with social anxiety and the underlying beliefs that drive them.
  7. Identify how to persuade OCD clients to engage in provocative homework assignments.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

This workshop may be may be eligible for CEUs from the following associations:  Show more
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)
  • Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellor & Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT)
  • Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
  • Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP)

* Please contact your accrediting body for more information on individual association requirements.

Your Presenter(s)

Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

Reid Wilson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who directs the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Centre in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC. He is author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry and the classic self-help book Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. He is co-author of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions, and Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, as well as Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. He designed American Airlines’ first national program for the fearful flier and currently serves as the expert on anxiety for WebMD’s Mental Health Community. He blogs for Psychology Today at “All about Anxiety.” He is a Founding Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and Fellow of the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). In 2014 he received ADAA’s highest award, and received the 2019 Service Award by the International OCD Foundation.


More information: anxieties.com

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport

7311 Westminster Hwy

Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

phone:  604.278.5555

website:  www.executivehotels.net/vancouver-airport-hotel/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

For reservations, guests may call locally at 604-278-5555 or toll free at 1-800-663-2878 by mentioning the group name “Jack Hirose & Associates”

Room Type & Prices
Plaza / Courtyard Room- a queen bed or 2 double beds, mini-fridge
One-bedroom Condo Suite – a queen bed in master bedroom and a pullout sofa bed in living room, with full kitchen and in-room washer/dryer

April 22 – 24, 2020
Plaza/Courtyard – $159.00
One Bedroom – $179.00

April 29 – May 1, May 3 – May 5, May 19 – 20, May 31 – June 2, June 2 – June 4, 2020
Plaza/Courtyard – $199.00
One Bedroom – $219.00
Two Bedroom – $259.00


*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

Please keep in mind when booking Jack Hirose and Associates corporate guest rooms, reservations booked for most hotels can be cancelled within 48 hours . If you are booking guest rooms through third party websites in many instances the reservations booked cannot not be cancelled.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $449 $469
Group 3-7 $429 $449
Group 8-14 $409 $429
Group 15+ $389 $409
Full-Time Student $389 $409

All fees are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: November 19, 2020
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Thursday, November 19, 2020.

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