Recommended by the National Institute of Mental Health, this book is a complete guide for treating anxiety disorders.
Written especially for therapists and group leaders, this manual presents well-researched, state-of-the-art treatment strategies and action-oriented client activities for a variety of anxiety disorders, including:
• Panic disorder
• Social anxiety and generalized anxiety
• Agoraphobias and specific phobias, such as fear of flying
The sample treatment plans with behavioral goals and objectives make this book a priceless resource for therapists who must develop and document appropriate treatment protocols and strategies for clients served by managed-care organizations. Adapt your presentation for individual or group therapy or for worksite lectures and all-day workshops—the book’s format makes it easy. Support groups will also find this manual helpful.
In the Introduction, Babior and Goldman state:
We wrote this manual as well as our self-help book, Overcoming Panic, Anxiety, & Phobias, to provide therapists and their clients with information about and practical tools for treating panic disorder with or without agoraphobia, specific phobias, social phobia, and general anxiety disorder. The strategies described in this book are also useful for people experiencing high levels of stress. Too often, people are treated by professionals who are not familiar with the most current treatment regimens for these disorders. Fortunately, cognitive-behavior therapy, upon which our manual is based, has been tested by researchers around the world and found to be effective for treatment of people with anxiety disorders.
The authors have included assessments tools, relaxation scripts, and cognitive strategies to challenge overestimates of threat and catastrophic thinking, and exposure techniques to help people face their fears. They also provide support for lifestyle changes, information for family and friends, and skills for relapse prevention.
Sessions in this manual are directly related to the chapters in the self-help book Overcoming Panic, Anxiety, & Phobias, so material presented during therapy sessions can be reinforced by clients' reading and at-home practice. Reproducible worksheets from Working with Groups to Overcome Panic, Anxiety, and Phobias also provide between-session support for your treatment goals.
The Resource section of this book includes valuable time-saving material including sections on:
• Writing Treatment Plans and Measuring Outcomes
• Treatment Plans for Managed Care Programs
• Whole Person Associates Resources
Also available: Reproducible Digital Worksheet Masters (PDF) (only available with purchase of book)