Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Social Anxiety Disorder
by Timothy Bruce & Arthur Jongsma, Jr.
Social anxiety disorder is the most common anxiety disorder and one of the most prevalent psychiatric disorders today, so you’re very likely to encounter clients in need of skilled, thorough treatment planning for their isolating symptoms. Learn how to build an effective, evidence-based plan in this video.
Part of the 12-video series: Evidence-Based Treatment Planning
Clients suffering from social anxiety disorder (SAD) need empathic, targeted treatment that addresses a wide range of symptoms and concerns. As its acronym suggests, SAD slowly saps the joy from life, leaving clients at the mercy of unreasonable, yet deeply convincing, negative beliefs about interpersonal connection and their own relational capabilities. Well-conceived treatment planning, along with an understanding of SAD’s particular features, are essential for successful outcomes. In this video, Drs. Arthur Jongsma and Timothy Bruce offer a wealth of information you can apply immediately, grounded in an evidence-based framework supported by the latest empirically supported research.

Bruce and Jongsma begin with a clinical review of social anxiety disorder’s features as outlined in the DSM, along with the main performance and interactional situations that trigger symptoms. Their brief survey of the EST movement covers historical benchmarks as well as the development of the latest empirically supported treatments (ESTs) for SAD. They also provide a detailed description of their six-step treatment planning process, with the goal of helping you create a plan consistent with these approaches.

In addition to sample treatment plans, you’ll find a series of live demonstrations highlighting key elements of several well-established ESTs. You’ll observe interventions from cognitive restructuring, anxiety management, psychoeducation, and other proven approaches, along with expert commentary from Bruce and Jongsma, who compare and contrast methods as they evaluate what you’ve just seen. Definitions, goals, and relapse prevention are covered too, for a well-rounded set of tools you can use to maximize success while meeting professional requirements.

Packed with useful information, this video is a comprehensive guide to evidence-based social anxiety treatment. Look no further if you want to inform your casework with the latest approaches or build empirically sound treatment plans with confidence.

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According to a 2007 ADAA survey, 36% of people with social anxiety disorder report experiencing symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help. So chances are by the time they reach your office, they’ll exhibit entrenched symptoms that require capable, focused support. If you’ve been wondering what, exactly, comprises an effective social anxiety treatment plan or have searched for resources on the empirically supported treatments on which these plans are based, you’ll find answers in this video with Drs. Timothy Bruce and Arthur Jongsma. Here, the two experts tell you everything you need to know about building treatment plans that pass muster with funding sources and serve as your own resource for supporting clients with this isolating condition.

After giving an overview of the DSM criteria for social anxiety disorder, its clinical features, including typically feared performance and interactional situations, and the history of the empirically supported treatment (EST) movement, Bruce and Jongsma outline several ways to integrate ESTs into social anxiety disorder treatment. With a thorough rundown of approaches that includes overview, commentary, and a live demonstration with a client needing support with public speaking, you’ll learn how to compose a six-step treatment plan based on cognitive restructuring, staged and in vivo exposure, social skills training, anxiety management, and psychoeducation. You’ll know how to integrate these approaches into treatment, as well as address relapse prevention.

If you’re looking to deepen your understanding of evidence-based treatment planning and the empirically supported treatments on which they’re based, be sure to add this information-packed video to your library.

By watching this video, you will:
  • Refresh your knowledge of the DSM criteria for social anxiety disorder and its situational features.
  • Understand the history of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) and those designated for social anxiety disorder.
  • Learn to create a six-step treatment plan based on well-established evidence-based ESTs.

Length of video: 00:56:21

Number of Discs: 0

English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD

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Timothy 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.

See all Timothy Bruce videos. 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:

  • Refresh your knowledge of the DSM criteria for social anxiety disorder and its situational features.
  • Understand the history of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) and those designated for social anxiety disorder.
  • Learn to create a six-step treatment plan based on well-established evidence-based ESTs.
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