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CBT rapid-gain model in anxiety disorder treatment, presented by Reid Wilson, Ph.D. | printable Handout

When: Monday, January 12, 2015, 12-2 pm, at the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC  with catered meet-and-greet reception at 11:15 am catered by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Café)

Where: UNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

CEUs2 contact hours | 2 CE NBCC  

Registration: online pre-registration    You may pre-register up until the day prior to the program.

Description: This presentation will define a rapid-gain treatment process with individuals with anxiety disorders, and illustrate each stage with videotaped segments—including in-vivo exposure—of a therapy session. Attention will focus on how the clinician presents the paradigm in a manner persuasive enough to counter the dread of symptoms and their feared consequences. Participants will learn ways to confront erroneous beliefs and to develop, assign and follow up on behavioral experiments. (This presentation will not be recorded. Don’t miss it!) This program will be presented at an Intermediate Level, making it appropriate to all clinicians.

 PreseDr. Reid Wilson: preeminent expert on anxieties and their treatmentnter:

Reid Wilson, Ph.D. is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine and directs the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Durham and Chapel Hill. Dr. Wilson has dedicated his 30-year career to developing self-help strategies for the anxiety disorders. He is the author or co-author of four self-help books, including Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks (Harper), Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions(Bantam), the newly-released Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children (HCI Books), and its free companion e-Book, Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. Dr. Wilson volunteers as the expert for WebMD’s Anxiety & Panic Community. His free self-help website – – serves 500,000 visitors per year. He designed and served as lead psychologist for American Airlines’ first national program for the fearful flier.  Dr. Wilson served on the Board of Directors of ADAA for 12 years and served as Program Chair of the National Conferences on Anxiety Disorders from 1988-1991. He has offered trainings throughout the world in the treatment of anxiety. Dr. Wilson has received the Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award for his outstanding advocacy for patient education and care, training, and research.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to

  1. guide a client in logically dismantling the common dysfunctional frame of reference of an anxiety disorder or OCD.
  2. apply 1 technique for constructing with a client a new, internally-consistent paradoxical frame of reference.
  3. teach 2 skills to clients that will allow them to activate that new frame of reference moment-by-moment while approaching and engaging in threatening situations.

3 Part Video of event at UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work


Transportation/Directions: The most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.25/ hour. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with free bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and refund policies:  No refunds. You may transfer your place to a colleague. Please contact Deborah Barrett, Ph.D., LCSW at or (919) 843-5818 to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

CEUThe UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and  may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  

Two Contact Hours per event
National Board for Certified Counselors Credit (NBCC) 2 hours

No partial credit will be given. Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive credit.