The Mindful Way through Anxiety: An Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapy for GAD
Lizabeth Roemer, Ph.D.
1.5 CE credits earned with successful completion of the Post Webinar Quiz
Title: The Mindful Way through Anxiety: An Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapy for GAD
Level: Intermediate (working knowledge of topic area e.g., treated a few cases)
Presenter(s) and Affiliation(s): Lizabeth Roemer, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston
Abstract: Acceptance-based behavioral therapies (e.g., Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) have demonstrated efficacy in both reducing symptoms and promoting quality of life in a wide range of clinical disorders. Principles and strategies from these approaches have been adapted to develop an acceptance-based behavior therapy (ABBT) for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), which has demonstrated efficacy in reducing GAD, worry, depressive symptoms, and comorbid diagnoses, while also increasing quality of life. This treatment approach is grounded in behavioral principles and draws on traditional cognitive behavioral, as well as acceptance-based, strategies. This webinar will begin with presentation of an evidence-based conceptual model that can be used to understand GAD and comorbid disorders and to guide the flexible delivery of treatment. A range of clinical strategies that can be used to target the central elements of this model (a critical, entangled relationship with internal experiences, experiential avoidance, and restricted engagement in meaningful aspects of one’s life) will be described. This will include a progression of mindfulness exercises that help clients learn to pay attention in the present moment with compassion toward their internal experiences. Methods to help clients clarify what matters to them and more fully engage in their lives will also be presented. The webinar will also present relapse prevention strategies to help clients maintain their newly learned habitual patterns of responding and revisit these skills as they face new challenges in their lives.
You will learn how to:
Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S. M. (2014). An acceptance-based behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. In D. H. Barlow (Ed). Clinical handbook of psychological disorders: A step-by-step treatment manual, 5th edition (pp. 206-236). New York: Guilford Press.
Orsillo, S.M. & Roemer, L. (2011). The mindful way through anxiety. New York: Guilford Press.
Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S.M. (2009). Mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioral therapy in practice. New York: Guilford Press.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Lizabeth Roemer is Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston in Boston, MA. She has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and co-edited two books on the role of emotion regulation, mindfulness, and experiential avoidance in a range of clinical presentations, and the use of acceptance-based behavioral therapies. Together, she and Dr. Susan Orsillo have developed an acceptance-based behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety and comorbid disorders and examined its efficacy and mediators and moderators of change in studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. They are co-authors of Mindfulness- and acceptance-based behavioral therapies in practice and The mindful way through anxiety, both published by Guilford Press. Drs. Orsillo and Roemer regularly conduct training workshops around the country and throughout the world.