2.25 CE Credits Available
Treating Anxiety Disorders: A Unified Protocol
by David Barlow
It can be overwhelming trying to master all the single-diagnosis techniques out there for the treatment of anxiety and related emotional disorders. Renowned researcher and clinician Dr. David Barlow pulls them all together into a Unified Protocol, and teaches you through live clinical demonstration how to make your therapy more efficient and effective.
OCD, GAD, PTSD, SAD, MDD! It would take a professional lifetime to learn let alone become proficient in the treatments for all these anxiety and related mood disorders. And it is so easy to get lost chasing down the myriad and often overlapping symptoms of these typically comorbid conditions. Well, you may finally breathe easy because Dr. David Barlow has dedicated his entire career to developing the Unified Protocol--a straightforward, step-by-step approach to understanding and treating anxiety and related emotional disorders. By watching powerful clinical demonstrations with Dr. Barlow and his team, you will learn to better help clients connect with and resolve painful emotions, disturbing thoughts, and destructive behaviors. In turn, your clients will gain a deeper understanding of their problems and develop skills to resolve them.

Compassionate, concise and clinically astute, Dr. Barlow has a gift for translating theoretical complexity into simple, engaging discussion, and the morass of decades of often confusing and conflicting treatment literature into clear clinical guidelines. Watch and learn as he and his talented team go to work with real-life clients besieged by anxiety and related symptoms.

Struggling with panic disorder which undermines the quality of her life, Cheryl learns about the nature of her emotions so she may once again reconnect with life…and concerts.
  • Disturbed by ruminations about killing her husband, Sarah works hard to understand the ABC’s of her impulses so she may make healthy life choices.
  • Finding it impossible to tolerate the anxiety that comes with uncertainty, Tara seeks relief through exposure treatment that just may free her to live in the world.
  • Still reeling from a near-drowning scuba-diving experience, Liz willingly dons the snorkel mask in treatment so she can once again swim freely through her life.
  • Deathly afraid of speaking in public, Steve subjects himself to a mock lecture so that he may overcome the harsh critics of his imaginary audience.

What therapists are saying…

“In this video, viewers are granted the unprecedented opportunity to see Unified Protocol techniques in action. After highlighting the holistic similarities at the root of many emotional disorders, Dr. Barlow and his colleagues skillfully engage clients using a range of experiential techniques to illustrate the importance of recognizing connections between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and the role that fully experiencing emotions plays in achieving treatment success. This video represents an invaluable resource for practitioners, counselor educators, and students desiring to learn more about and practice exposure-driven CBT techniques!”

--Brittany L. Pollard, PhD, Coordinator, Graduate Counseling Programs, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
"I have found this video to be an excellent resource. I have referred back to the demonstrations and explanations countless times and each time I learn something new."

--Susan Longley, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Roosevelt University 
“This video was extremely helpful. It helped make the theory more relatable and easier to understand, especially for those who were new to the UP and CBT in general. I particularly liked how the DVD involved practical role plays making the theory come alive for the students and me.”

--Tyrone Edgar, Clinical Psychologist, South Africa
In Depth
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By its nature, the sheer pervasiveness of anxiety and related mood disorders leaves clients feeling uncertain, fragmented and distressed, with clinicians similarly trying to keep up in a game of therapeutic whack-a-mole. Masterful at organizing and simplifying complex theory and techniques, Dr. Barlow has identified and will teach you the five core skills for helping clients reduce their distress; mindful emotional awareness, challenging automatic thoughts, overcoming avoidance tactics, increasing distress tolerance, and safe emotional exposure. And he does so by walking you step-by-step through eight scientifically-grounded modules of treatment which include setting goals, understanding emotions, cognitive flexibility, emotional exposure and recognizing accomplishment.

Honed over decades of tested clinical research with thousands of patients, the beauty of the Unified Protocol is its simplicity, both in theory and practice. It is ready right out of the box to help you work efficiently and effectively with your clients struggling with anxiety and related emotional disorders.

By watching this interview, you will be able to:
  • Describe the core features of the anxiety disorders
  • Utilize the therapeutic principles of the Unified Protocol in your treatment
  • Organize your treatment techniques into a coherent and effective system of treatment

Length of video: 2:25:41

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-556-4

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-556-4

Dr. Barlow received his PhD from the University of Vermont in 1969 and has published over 500 articles and chapters and over 60 books and clinical manuals, mostly in the areas of anxiety and related emotional disorders, sexual problems, and clinical research methodology. He is formerly Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Brown University, and founded clinical psychology internships in both settings.He was also Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York and Director of the Phobia and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University at Albany, SUNY.

He joined Boston University in 1996 where he currently teaches.

He is Past-President of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, Past-President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and was Chair of the American Psychological Association Task Force on Psychological Intervention Guidelines, as well as a member of the DSM-IV Task Force of the American Psychiatric Association.

CE credits: 2.25

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the core features of the anxiety disorders
  • Utilize the therapeutic principles of the Unified Protocol in your treatment
  • Devise treatment plans based on coherent and effective system of treatment

Bibliography available upon request

This course is offered for ASWB ACE credit for social workers. See complete list of CE approvals here

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Course Reviewed January 2024

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