Scared Stiff: Fast, Effective Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

June 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am – June 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Viscount Gort Hotel (1670 Portage Ave)

Presenter: David Burns, M.D.

Event is on June 6th from 8:30am-4:30pm; Evening 6pm-8:30pm, and June 7th 8:30am-2pm

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Wednesday, June 6 – DAY 1

Anxiety Hypnosis

  • How Your Anxious Patients Cast a Spell on You and Sabotage the Treatment

Four Powerful Treatment Models for Anxiety Disorders:

  • The Cognitive Model: I THINK therefore I FEAR
  • The Exposure Model: Taking a Page from the Tibetan Book of the Dead
  • The Hidden Emotion Model: Cycling Back to Freud?
  • The Motivational Model: Heading Off the Resistance at the Pass

Optional Lunch Presentation (Lunch not provided)

  • Measurement: A Boring Topic with Exciting Implications

Overcoming Outcome and Process Resistance: The KEY to Successful Treatment

  • Magic Button
  • Acid Test
  • Magic Dial
  • Gentle Ultimatum
  • Dangling the Carrot
  • Sitting with Open Hands

Evening Session (6pm-8:30pm): Live Role Plays


Thursday, June 7 – DAY 2

The Cognitive Model

  • Truth-Based Techniques, Compassion- Based Techniques, Uncovering Techniques, Motivational Techniques, Quantitative Techniques, Visual Imaging Techniques, Humor-Based Techniques, Role-Playing Techniques, Spiritual Techniques

Optional Lunch Presentation (Lunch not provided)

  • Controversies in Biological Psychiatry: Facts vs. Fiction

The Hidden Emotion Model

  • The Niceness Dynamic that Causes (almost) All Anxiety
  • Detective Work: Bringing Hidden Feelings to Conscious Awareness

Innovations in Exposure Therapy

  • Classic Exposure
  • Cognitive Exposure
  • Interpersonal Exposure

Treatment Algorithms

  • What are the Most Effective Techniques for Each Anxiety Disorder


  1. Track therapeutic progress
  2. Why therapists and patients avoid exposure
  3. Learn ultra-high speed techniques for treating Panic Disorder
  4. Develop a creative, individualized treatment plan for each patient
  5. Distinguish Outcome from Process Resistance
  6. Learn to melt away therapeutic resistance
  7. Integrate Four powerful treatment models
  8. Select the most effective interventions for each anxiety disorder
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