Stefan Hofmann

SPEECHES

 

 

PRE-CONGRESS WORKSHOP (HALF DAY)

Treating Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental problems in the population and in clinical settings. Traditional cognitive-behavioral techniques have only shown moderate effects. More recent research has led to a greater understanding about the maintaining factors of these disorders. Based on this knowledge, novel treatments target emotion regulation skills, which promise to be associated with considerably greater treatment efficacy than earlier formulations. This workshop discusses general strategies for treating anxiety disorders and will also discuss specific techniques to target the most common form, social anxiety disorder. Participants of this workshop will become familiar with the theoretical basis of this intervention and learn the specific therapeutic techniques that are necessary to carry out effective treatment of these pervasive and debilitating disorders.

IN CONGRESS WORKSHOP

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder is one of the most common mental problems in the population and in clinical settings. Traditional cognitive-behavioral techniques have only shown moderate effects. More recent research has led to a greater understanding about the maintaining factors of this disorder. Based on this knowledge, a new treatment model has been developed that is associated with considerably greater treatment efficacy than earlier formulations. This treatment focuses on expectations about social standards, goal setting strategies, self-focused attention, self-perception, and emotional control. Some of the treatment techniques include video feedback, attention modification, mirror exposures, and in vivo social mishap exposures. Participants of this workshop will become familiar with the theoretical basis of this intervention and learn the specific therapeutic techniques that are necessary to carry out effective treatment of this pervasive and debilitating disorder.

KEYNOTE

Targeting Emotions in Clinical Practice

Emotions are critical aspects of mental health. Although conventional psychological treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), are generally effective interventions for many psychological problems, many people still suffer from residual emotional distress, such as anxiety, depression, impulse control, or anger problems. Moreover, contemporary treatments that have focused primarily on negative affect rarely leads to lasting improvements in positive affect, quality of life, and happiness. Recent scientific evidence and theoretical models of emotions can enrich the therapeutic strategies when treating emotional disorders. These strategies range from adaptive and flexible intrapersonal and interpersonal emotion regulation strategies to various mindfulness-based practices, including loving kindness meditation. Although compatible with CBT, the strategies are transdiagnostic and transtheoretical in nature.