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Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Disorders: Etiology, Treatment, and Co-Existing Conditions

  • 10/02/2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Denver Housing Authority, Mulroy Neighborhood Center, 3550 W. 13th Ave, Denver 80204
  • 41

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This workshop will explore the etiological and maintain factors that accompany anxiety and panic disorders and the ways the disorders are alike and ways in which they differ. The DSM-5 diagnostic criteria these disorders will be discussed as will psychotropic medications commonly used in their treatment. Non-medication based forms of treatment will also be provided including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and systematic desensitization. At the end of the workshop attendees will have a strong conceptualization of anxiety and panic disorders that can be used in treating their clients or simply expanding their knowledge base of these disorders.

Workshop Goals and Objectives: This workshop will provide attendees with a basic understanding of these disorders for participants who are unfamiliar with them, and a deeper understanding of the disorders for participants who work more closely with them. Regardless of one’s previous knowledge about anxiety, phobias, and panic, all will leave with a greater appreciation of where these disorders come from and what can be done to manage them clinically.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Conceptualize the etiology and maintain factor for anxiety and panic disorder
  • Identify the co-morbid conditions that often accompany panic and anxiety
  • Discuss pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment strategies used to manage anxiety and panic disorders
  • Find and be familiar with the diagnostic criteria for and the diagnostic features of anxiety and panic disorders in the DSM-5 including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder (social phobia), Separation Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Agoraphobia.
  • Describe and identify a specific phobia and the diagnostic features of the disorder.

Presenter: Brian Bagwell, PsyD.  Dr. Bagwell is an associate professor in the Human Services Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver following a 20-year career as a firefighter/paramedic. Dr. Bagwell spent five years in New York City and was part of a team that provided psychological services to members of the New York Police Department for over a year following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He has presented locally and nationally on topics that include workplace violence; Critical Incident Stress Management; trauma; treating clients with anxiety and panic including firefighters and pilots; and perception of threat and de-escalation of violence strategies for first responders, employers, and mental health clinicians. Dr. Bagwell also coordinates MSU Denver’s Fire and Emergency Response Administration degree program and is a member of the University’s CARE (Consultation, Assessment, Referral and Education) Team.

Eligible for 3 CEUs

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