Maria do Ceu Salvador




Bridging the gap between CBT and ACT working with adolescents with social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder is one of the most prevalent psychological disorders. Its most probable onset is in adolescence, it tends to follow a chronic course, and it has a high negative impact in an adolescent’s life, including acting as a vulnerability factor to develop other comorbidities and problems across the life spam. Regardless of these facts, only a small percentage of adolescents with social anxiety disorder will come to therapy, and an even lower number will receive an empirically validated treatment. In face of this, the development and dissemination of effective interventions is of outmost value. While trying to address social anxiety problems, some therapists have been trained within a CBT framework – using cognitive restructuring, skills training, problem solving and exposure - and others within an ACT framework – using cognitive defusion, mindulfness, acceptance and work on values. Are we supposed to just stick to the traditional CBT model? Should we learn everything from the start and forget what we have learned before? Or is there a way of moving forward with recent research and integrate past learning in this new framework?

The challenges the presenter will work on with the attendants of this master class is: Is it possible to bridge the gap between CBT and ACT techniques? And is it possible to do it with adolescents with social anxiety disorder? If so, how is it possible? The master class leader will present and discuss several CBT and ACT techniques that can be harmoniously integrated into a coherent framework for the understanding and treatment of adolescents’ social anxiety disorder.

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