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Recorded Webinar Presented by Larry Cohen, LICSW on February 10, 2017

How to Help Clients Overcome Social Anxiety, Part 2:  Using Exposures as Experiments to Build Self-Confidence

Featuring: Larry Cohen, LICSW

Mr. Larry Cohen received his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Michigan in 1987. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the District of Columbia. He is also licensed in Maryland and Virginia, so he can have sessions with his clients by video or phone call.. 

Mr. Cohen has been extensively trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), group psychotherapy, and crisis intervention. He is a Certified Diplomate in Cognitive Therapy through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is also a Diplomate in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, the highest credential offered by the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. Mr. Cohen is certified in Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy, which utilizes role-playing exercises to facilitate attitude change. He is a Certified Group Psychotherapist, and is a founder of the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists.    


Webinar Description

This webinar provides a more in-depth presentation on using exposures as experiments to test and modify automatic thoughts, underlying assumptions and core beliefs for the purpose of decreasing social anxiety and building self-confidence.  Discussion of how to choose experiments that will most benefit your socially anxious clients, how to motivate clients to carry out these experiments, and how to help clients learn constructive lessons from these experiments, rather than ruminate in self-evaluation. Example client worksheets and instructional handouts will be provided. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to

  • help socially anxious clients choose and carry out behavioral experiments to test their automatic thoughts and underlying beliefs
  • help socially anxious clients increase their motivation to do experiments as homework
  • help socially anxious clients learn constructive lessons from their experiments aimed at decreasing their anxiety and increasing their self-confidence

Learning Level

Intermediate. Prior education or training in the basics of cognitive-behavioral therapy is required. Prior education, training or experience in treating social anxiety is not necessary. Attendance of part 1 of this webinar is recommended, but not required.