This webinar will examine the latest evidence for treating young people with social anxiety disorder, focusing on psychological treatments. The webinar will explore the prevalence and characteristics of social anxiety in young people, how social anxiety presents in young people and the common comorbid conditions. In reviewing the latest evidence for psychological treatments, the webinar will also describe and explore the components of these treatments with specific focus on cognitive and cognitive behavioural therapies. Any differences in treatment outcomes depending on whether the psychological interventions are delivered in group-based or individual formats will also be considered. This webinar will provide a useful summary of the most effective psychological interventions for treating social anxiety disorder in young people.
The information in this webinar is current as at March, 2017.
Who is this webinar for?
Clinicians who work with young people in mental health services, private practice and primary care settings.
What will you learn in this webinar?
- Understand the prevalence and characteristics of social anxiety in young people
- Review the latest evidence for psychological treatments of social anxiety
- Describe the nature of the psychological treatments for social anxiety, including a focus on cognitive therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy and mindfulness strategies
- Consider any differences in treatment outcomes of group-based versus individual cognitive or cognitive-behavioural therapy
Prior knowledge or reading
It is recommended participants view the free introductory online training module, An introduction to Anxiety Disorders and young people.
Dr Alex Parker, Associate Director Knowledge Transfer, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Dr. Alex Parker is a Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. Alex has been involved in early intervention research and worked as a clinician in youth mental health services for the past 10 years. She leads the knowledge transfer activities to support evidence-informed practice and also leads the headspace Centre of Excellence, operated by Orygen. Alex is leading a major Australia-wide investigation, funded by the NHMRC, into the effects of incorporating physical activity into routine clinical care for young people with depression.
Dr Stefanie De Silva, Research Coordinator, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Dr Stefanie De Silva is a Research Coordinator with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. She has expertise in evidence mapping and evidence synthesis, and coordinates an open-access online database that consolidates all controlled trials and systematic reviews published in youth mental health since 1980. Stefanie has clinical experience in working with young people with psychosis and with borderline personality disorder, in chronic medical conditions and cancers, and in perinatal mental health. She is currently working in psycho-oncology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital with both young people and adults, and their families.