Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety Among Older Adults

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When: Monday, May 6 to Sunday, June 2, 2024 (4 weeks) ONLINE weekly at your discretion
Cost:    $240 (Students $120) Sufficient Enrolment Decision Deadline: Monday, Apr 29, 2024
This workshop will be offered only if there is sufficient enrolment.

Week 1:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and its usefulness
  • The principles of CBT
  • Expanding CBT to older adults
  • Goals of CBT for anxiety in older adults

Week 2:

  • The importance of behavioural activation for anxiety, e.g. avoidance
  • The connection between mood and physical reactions
  • Panic Disorder
  • Diaphragm breathing
  • Relaxation techniques: the progressive muscle relaxation technique and visualization

Week 3:

  • A closer look at thoughts
    • Automatic thoughts
    • Core beliefs
  • Restructuring thoughts through the thought record
  • Fears associated with older adults, e.g. health conditions, safety, death and dying
  • Case examples

Week 4:

  • Exposure
  • Stressful or traumatic events
  • Adapting to changes in later life and associated fears/expectations
  • Case examples
  • Clinician triggers, burnout and self-care

Instructor: Janany Jayanthikumar, MSW, RSW

Janany is an experienced Social Worker, Psychotherapist, and Educator in the mental health field.  She currently runs a not for profit mental health organization offering quality and culturally responsive mental health services. She also teaches at Seneca College and provides supervision and guidance to MSW students and field instructors at Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. Additionally, she is the founder of Centre for Social Work Education, committing her career to providing intensive and experiential training to therapists.

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