Participants will understand the Cognitive Model of Health Anxiety, including the factors: Beliefs about being ill (probability, cost, coping, and rescue); Bodily variations and medical information; Physiological arousal; Mood changes (anxiety/depression); and Reassurance Seeking (checking, and other specific safety seeking behaviours).
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What will I Learn in This Course?
Program Pre-Approved by the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association for 42 Credit Hours
Event Code 649311041
Pre-Approved by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 51 CORE CEU Hours
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Clients Experiencing Illness Anxiety Disorder
Participants will examine the current diagnostic criteria for Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders and how it differs from the DSM-IV criteria;
Participants will examine their personal responses to clients who, despite frequent use of health care services, are rarely reassured and often feel their treatment is inadequate;
Participants will reflect on the degree of distress these clients experience and the amount of dysfunction in their lives due to their symptoms, and the common responses they often receive from the health care community.
Participants will critically examine factors that maintain health anxiety (how the condition is maintained after it is developed):
Anxiety about health matters and symptoms result in physiological arousal;
Selective attention is paid to illness-related information leading to bias towards noticing information that confirms perceptions;
Client then changes behaviour to avoid, check for or exclude physical illness.
Learn how to work with the rigid belief systems that often accompanies this complicated disorder;
Learn how to use CBT in the face of strong beliefs about disease, health, body and/or physical symptoms;
Learn how to convey to clients that bodily symptoms and discomforts exists in all people (to some degree) but are barely noticed; they 'come and pass' because they do not become focal points of attention;
Learn how to work with people who have 'disease conviction.
To Register: Download, Complete, and Fax your Completed Registration Form to (519) 488-1061,
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January Intake (Registering Now)
June 18, 2018 to Oct 26, 2018
$1075 +HST: Early Bird Discount ($125) for Registration
and payment before May 1
Registration Deadline: May 30, 2018
We specialize in online learning in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for mental (and physical) health professionals. We realize that educating professionals in CBT significantly expands the health and wellness resources available to healthcare clients.
You will work in small collaborative groups within a larger class. In fact, you can register with a group of 6-8 peers and expect to complete the entire program with that same group. Alternately, you can register individually and work with people from across the country and beyond. Your collaborative learning groups will facilitate the development of critical thinking skills, the co-creation of knowledge, meaning, reflection, and transformative learning. Reciprocal scaffolding (Holton and Thomas, 2006) is utilized where collaboratively working groups are provided with opportunities to learn from the experiences and knowledge of each other.
This online program consists of weekly video lectures, weekly discussion, frequent electronic quizzes to keep you on-track, group Case Studies, and meetings with your facilitator via Skype/Adobe Connect.
Holton, D., and Clark, D. (2006). Scaffolding and metacognition. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 37, 127-143.
There are commonalities with health anxiety, but also individual differences. Symptoms of Hypochondria / Health Anxiety vary widely from person to person. One commonality is the fear of having or the belief that one has a serious disease based on the individual's misinterpretation of bodily symptoms or functions.
Learn to Use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to:
Help clients with Illness Anxiety Disorder to reduce numbers of visits to physicians and referral seeking to specialists;
Help them reduce the number of medical tests sought;
Help them talk to family and friends about non-health related topics;
Help them reduce their repetitive checking of the body for symptoms of a serious medical condition;
Help them to reduce internet searches for information about disease conditions related to their symptoms.
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What, previously known a "Hypochondriasis" ' and informally as "Health Anxiety" is now known ( in DSM-5) as "Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders", and includes: Illness Anxiety Disorder; Conversion Disorder; Psychological Factors Affecting Other Medical Conditions, and Factitious Disorders. This course is designed to better prepare mental health professionals for using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with this collection of disorders.
Participants will understand the impact of Illness Anxiety Disorder on families and significant others. Often, the client experiences undue anxiety related to a family member, over-reacting to minor illness or injuries in children, parents or other family members. People with this form of anxiety tend to talk about their health excessively, causing others to avoid them. They generally have great difficulty accepting the diagnosis of Illness Anxiety Disorder because it is a psychological diagnosis; they continue to actively seek a medical diagnosis.
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