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2-Day Anxiety Certification Course: Integrate CBT and Exposure & Response Prevention for Treatment of GAD, Panic Disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety, & Phobias

Kimberly J Morrow, LCSW |  Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, MSW, LCSW-C
12 Hours 32 Minutes
Sep 15, 2022
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Do you feel overwhelmed by the severity of your client’s anxiety symptoms?

Does their need to seek reassurance and perform compulsions prevent them from moving forward in therapy? You are not alone if you find your clients experiencing the same symptoms after several therapy sessions, if they get stuck on the “why’s” of anxiety, or if they are unable to take meaningful action against their anxiety.

Watch award winning experts in anxiety and OCD—Kimberly Morrow, LSCW & Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C—for this intensive 2-Day Anxiety Certification Course to learn the gold standard of care for treating GAD, Panic Disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety, and Phobias.  You’ll learn to skillfully integrate CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to climb over obstacles in therapy and gain confidence in your ability to treat the most symptomatic, anxious clients on your caseload.

In this intensive 2-Day Anxiety Certification Course, experts Morrow and DuPont Spencer make CBT and ERP intervention accessible and within your reach as a clinician.

You’ll start seeing real results with these cutting-edge CBT and ERP interventions, that give you:

  • Ways to help clients face their triggers and change their relationship with fear
  • Strategies to manage your own anxiety about treating your anxious clients
  • Methods to use exposure therapy in meaningful, successful ways
  • Specific strategies for Panic Disorder, phobias, OCD and social anxiety

Packed with videos, case examples, and opportunities to practice and build skills confidently, you’ll walk away with strategies you can use the very next day!

Best of all, upon completion of this training, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) through Evergreen Certifications. Certification lets colleagues, employers, and clients know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of anxiety counseling.  Professional standards apply. Visit for details.

Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your confidence and your practice while helping your clients get their lives back! PURCHASE NOW!


  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99 value)*!
  • Simply complete this seminar and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

Attendees will receive documentation of CCATP certification from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following the program.

*Professional standards apply. Visit for professional requirements.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 12.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Kimberly J Morrow, LCSW's Profile

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Kimberly Morrow, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Graduating from Memphis State University with a Master’s in Psychology and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Master’s in Social Work, Kimberly is a compassionate therapist, an anxiety expert, and a national speaker.  She has been specializing in treating people with anxiety and OCD for over 25 years and teaching other professionals how to treat anxiety for over 15 years. Kimberly has given hundreds of presentations and workshops, including speaking at international conferences, providing a CBT certificate program, speaking to schools, and training thousands of master level clinicians throughout the United States. Kimberly is a graduate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation's Behavior Therapy Institute.  She is a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, chairing several committees. She is the 2012 recipient of the Clinician Outreach Award and the 2015 Member of Distinction Award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.  She is co-owner of, which provides online training and case consultation for therapists to have easy access to quality, evidenced-based training for anxiety and OCD.  Kimberly is the author of Face It and Feel It: 10 Simple But Not Easy Ways to Live Well With Anxiety (Independent Distributors/Heaven-Sent Creative Concepts, 2011) and the co-author of CBT for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Training for the Treatment of Fear, Panic, Worry, and OCD (PESI, 2018).


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kimberly Morrow is the co-owner of and maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as an author with PESI Publishing. Kimberly Morrow receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kimberly Morrow is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, MSW, LCSW-C's Profile

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Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, MSW, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker and board approved supervisor.  Trained as a cognitive behavioral therapist using exposure and response prevention for anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, she has been in private practice for 25 years, working with children, adolescents and adults.  Elizabeth is a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).  She is a Clinical Fellow of the ADAA, and also received the 2012 Clinician Outreach Award and the 2017 Clinician of Distinction Award.  Elizabeth is co-owner of with a mission to train clinician’s nation-wide in evidence-based treatments.  A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore’s School of social work, she completed her clinical training at the National Institutes of Health and the Catholic University of America.  She is the co-author of three books, The Anxiety Cure (2nd Ed., Wiley, 2003), The Anxiety Cure for Kids (2nd Ed., Wiley, 2014)and CBT for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Training Manual for the Treatment of Fear, Panic, Worry, and OCD (PESI, 2018).  Elizabeth works in Rockville, Maryland.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Elizabeth DuPont Spencer maintains a private practice and is co-owner of, LLC. She receives royalties as a published author. Elizabeth DuPont Spencer receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Elizabeth Dupont Spencer is a member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the National Association of Social Workers.


  1. Demonstrate the CBT session structure with anxious clients in order to achieve positive clinical outcomes.
  2. Assess for and diagnose each DSM-5® anxiety disorder, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, PANS/PANDAS, and Panic Disorder.
  3. Integrate Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) techniques to increase your client’s success.
  4. Utilize strategies that help family members become anxiety “coaches” for the client.
  5. Formulate interventions for challenging automatic negative thoughts in clients who have been diagnosed with anxiety.
  6. Plan when it is clinically appropriate to use extreme exposure interventions with clients.
  7. Demonstrate the use of interoceptive therapy for treating panic in clients.
  8. Analyze the purpose of utilizing paradoxical exposures when treating social anxiety.
  9. Apply knowledge about Generalized Anxiety Disorder to learn how to prevent fears about the future from interfering with quality of life.
  10. Utilize play-based exposure interventions for the treatment of anxiety in children.
  11. Employ Exposure and Response Prevention techniques to reduce symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
  12. Formulate treatment termination and relapse prevention plans with clients. 


Getting Started: How to Optimize the Early CBT Sessions

  • Principles of CBT – Establish roles and goals
  • How to socialize your client to the CBT Session structure
  • Get your client to do homework
  • What not to do (reassurance, rabbit hole)
  • Tools for goal setting
  • Begin with the end in mind: Termination considerations

Assessment and Treatment Planning: Set the Stage for Successful Treatment

  • Diagnosis – why it’s important
  • Key questions to ask at intake
  • Assessment forms – where to find them
  • Teach your clients to use a notebook
  • Using a SUDS scale

Anxiety and the Brain: What Every Client Needs to Know

  • Why this is a pivotal point of treatment
  • Simple ways to teach clients about anxiety and the brain
  • The role of avoidance and safety behaviours
  • Medication-what is helpful and what is not

The Art of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

  • The role of the clinician
  • Teach clients to ride the wave of anxiety
  • Create a fear hierarchy using SUD scales
  • How to set up an exposure
  • Working with resistance to exposure
  • What NOT to do and why

Cognitive Therapy: Change the Way Clients Think about Thinking

  • Empower clients to choose how to interpret their thoughts
  • Utilize values clarification to motivate change
  • Challenge distortions and core beliefs that get in the way of change
  • The role of mindfulness in anxiety treatment

Family Involvement: Teach Loved Ones to be a Part of the Solution

  • Help families learn healthier ways to talk back to anxiety
  • Teach how to respond without reassuring
  • Challenge loved ones to face their own fears

Phobias and OCD: Exposure and Response Prevention in Action

  • Identify OCD’s tricks
  • Strategies for the most common phobias (heights, spiders, small spaces and more!)
  • How to get comfortable with extreme exposures
    • Vomit phobia, fear of harm, contamination, obsessive thoughts, sexual obsession
  • Identify your own obstacles to successful ERP
  • Get out of the office!
  • Using scripts
  • Demonstrations and practice

Panic Disorder: Interoceptive Exposure Techniques That Work

  • Why deep breaths aren’t enough
  • Practice breathing to increase CO2
  • Identify the fear in panic
  • How to induce symptoms of panic to build tolerance of discomfort
  • Strategies for choosing a panic behaviour to replicate

Social Anxiety: Paradoxical Treatment Interventions that Get Results

  • Going after embarrassment
  • Tools to practice mindfulness during conversations
  • Build clients’ “I can handle it” muscle
  • Help clients improve insight about their fears
  • How to remove safety behaviours in social situations

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Worry: Helping Our Clients Live in the Present

  • Overcoming the fear that “I won’t be able to handle it”
  • Tools that teach clients how to handle distressing thoughts/feelings
  • Utilize mindfulness/living in the present
  • Write worry scripts, assign time for worry, chase after worry

Kids with Anxiety: Playing with Fear

  • Special considerations when working with children
  • School refusal, contamination, bad thoughts, PANS/PANDAS
  • Add play to your treatment plan
  • Strategies for age appropriate interventions
  • Teach kids to talk back to their fears
  • How to handle parent resistance/therapy interference

Termination and Relapse Prevention

  • Develop a client wellness plan that sticks
  • Help clients identify red flags
  • Teach clients to do ongoing exposures
  • Establish a plan for when to return to therapy
  • Risks and limitations of the research 

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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