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Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

by Timothy Bruce, Arthur Jongsma, Jr.
Improve your grasp of evidence-based treatment planning in this video with Drs. Timothy Bruce and Arthur Jongsma, who present a comprehensive overview of GAD along with step-by-step planning outlines, live clinical vignettes, and detailed commentary.

Part of the 12-video series: Evidence-Based Treatment Planning


Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) presents a variety of challenges for therapists, who must support clients through extreme worry while guiding them through a progressive, collaborative course of treatment. Well-informed clinical planning, along with a thorough understanding of GAD’s specific features, is essential for maintaining a strong therapeutic alliance and keeping your work from losing focus and momentum. In this video, Drs. Arthur Jongsma and Timothy Bruce offer a wealth of information you can bring to clients immediately, with the added value of an evidence-based framework to ground your efforts.

The video is broken into a number of modules that provide structure and pacing to the material. Bruce and Jongsma start by offering a detailed review of Generalized Anxiety Disorder’s features as outlined in the DSM, including definitions, symptoms, and diagnosis criteria. A brief survey of the empirically supported treatment (EST) movement highlights historical benchmarks and tracks the development of the latest ESTs for GAD. The two clinicians also describe their six-step treatment planning process, with the goal of helping you design plans consistent with ESTs and the often-stringent documentation requirements of the field.

In addition to sample treatment plans, you’ll find a series of clinical vignettes that bring the methods to life. Watch and learn as a therapist demonstrates interventions including relaxation training, cognitive restructuring, and psychoeducation, accompanied by expert commentary from Bruce and Jongsma, who compare and contrast approaches as they evaluate what you’ve just seen. A section on relapse prevention rounds out the video, for a hefty set of tools that will help you optimize treatment.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to evidence-based treatment planning or a clear review of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, look no further. With this video, Bruce and Jongsma provide a reassuring foundation for building empirically sound treatment plans with confidence.

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"...An excellent resource for practitioners counseling clients presenting with anxiety. It is a hands-on resource and provides a comprehensive guide to treating generalized anxiety disorder while also using empirically supported treatments. Both beginning and veteran clinicians are sure to benefit from this video."
-- Mary-Catherine McClain, The University of Georgia Counseling and Psychiatric Services Center, as reviewed in The Professional Counselor
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is an insidious condition marked by excessive, near-constant worry, muscle tension, sleep disturbances, and a host of other nuisances that can greatly diminish one’s quality of life. Anxious clients need support managing their experience, and loose treatment planning can threaten the therapy’s success. If you’ve been wondering what, exactly, comprises an effective generalized anxiety treatment plan or have been digging for resources on the empirically supported treatments on which these plans are based, you’ll strike gold with this video from Drs. Timothy Bruce and Arthur Jongsma. Here, the two experts tell you everything you need to know about building treatment plans that not only comply with professional requirements, but also serve as your own playbook for supporting clients with this aggravating condition.

After giving an overview of the DSM criteria for GAD, its clinical features, and a brief history of the empirically supported treatment (EST) movement (including North American and European benchmarks), Bruce and Jongsma outline several ways to fold ESTs into treatment for GAD. With a thorough rundown of approaches that includes overview and rationale, live demonstration, and interactive commentary on each vignette, this video shows you how to compose a six-step treatment plan based on Comprehensive Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for GAD—but the method itself is applicable to a range of diagnoses and is a useful framework regardless of theoretical orientation. You’ll also observe a client receiving instruction in relaxation and cognitive techniques, and you’ll discover ways to incorporate this and other interventions, as well as relapse prevention, into treatment.

If you’re looking to deepen your understanding of evidence-based treatment planning and the particulars of generalized anxiety, you’re sure to be satisfied with this information-packed video.

By watching this video, you will:
  • Understand the DSM criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and its epidemiology.
  • Learn about the history of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) and those designated for Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
  • Know how to create a six-step treatment plan based on well-established evidence-based ESTs.
Length of video: 01:07:07
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Timothy BruceTimothy Bruce, PhD, is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. A summa cum laude graduate of the honors program curriculum at Indiana State University, Bruce received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University at Albany-State University of New York under the mentorship of Dr. David Barlow. He completed his residency training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Robert Klepac.

Bruce is active in the clinical, educational, and scholarship missions of the department. He serves several administrative positions in the department including Associate Chair, Director of Medical Student Education, and Director of the Psychiatry Residency Scholarship Program. Bruce's contributions to the literature include over 30 books and training manuals, as well as numerous professional journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, and other works. His areas of interests include education and training, the evidence-based practice of clinical psychology, and cognitive behavioral therapies. In addition to maintaining his own clinical practice, Bruce supervises the psychotherapy training of residents. Recognized for his work in academic administration as well as classroom and clinical teaching, Bruce has received over three dozen awards for his efforts in these areas to date.

Most recently, Bruce has been contributing editor and co-author of Arthur Jongsma’s widely used PracticePlanners© Series, empirically informing it with results from the psychotherapy outcome literature.

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Arthur Jongsma, Jr.ARTHUR E. JONGSMA, Jr., PhD, is Series Editor for the bestselling PracticePlanners® . Since 1971, he has provided professional mental health services to both inpatient and outpatient clients. He managed a group private practice for twenty-five years and is now the Executive Director of Life Guidance Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Learning objectives:

  • Understand the DSM criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and its epidemiology.
  • Learn about the history of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) and those designated for Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
  • Know how to create a six-step treatment plan based on well-established evidence-based ESTs.