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COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY (CBT) FOR GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER (GAD) - A full day workshop of theory, skills and resources for immediate application. (Sydney)

Sarah Edelman PhD, PhD
6.5 hours
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Face-to-Face Training
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Chatswood, NSW
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Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a chronic disorder characterised by excessive worry, accompanied by somatic symptoms such as restlessness, sleep disturbance, muscle tension and fatigue. It is one of the most common co-morbid disorders, particularly with major depression and other anxiety disorders. GAD is also frequently associated with chronic pain conditions, medically unexplained symptoms and sleep disorders. Estimates of lifetime prevalence range between 4.0% and 7.0%.    Because of its frequently chronic course, GAD has the potential to create greater disruption in peoples' lives than other anxiety disorders. Historically, it has been less responsive to psychological treatment than other anxiety disorders, and until around 2000, studies reviewing treatment outcomes based on standard CBT interventions found limited improvements.

In the last 15 years a number of conceptual models explaining the underlying processes in GAD have emerged, based on research with GAD patients. As a result, our understanding of the disorder and the processes that underlie it has expanded.  Consequently, there has been a significant transformation in CBT treatments for GAD.  Many conventional therapies (including deep relaxation, cognitive disputing and problem solving) have given way to new, more innovative treatments. Many of these involve addressing cognitive processes rather than challenging the content of threat focused thoughts.  There is strong evidence suggesting that worry represents a coping strategy designed to avoid future unwanted events or serves to prepare the person for the worst-case scenario. A common thread linking the conceptual models is that people believe worry is a helpful process. For this reason, challenging such ‘metacognitive beliefs’ about the benefits of worry is an important component of treatment.

This workshop focuses on practical skills development, including the ability to recognise, assess and diagnose GAD, and to provide treatment based on problem formulation for specific clients.    Teaching modalities will include case studies, role-play and video demonstrations. A range of contemporary CBT strategies will be demonstrated, and participants will have the opportunity to raise examples from their own experience. In addition to workshop slides, participants will receive a number of prepared handouts for use with clients who have GAD.


Feedback from Sarah's recent presentations of this training:

“Sarah is a very experienced and competent facilitator who knows her material well. She is able to clearly convey this and I greatly valued her clear communication, knowledge, experience and professionalism. I got so much from today including amazing resources to use right away.”

“I really appreciated the mini summaries Sarah did throughout the day – helpful for consolidating learning. Loved the perfect mix of theory and prac. A perfect training day really!”

“The demonstrations are great – so much more engaging than didactic presentation of material. Also really liked use of real worries of our own rather than examples – made it more experiential and engaging. Sarah is friendly, professional, and well prepared. Thank you Sarah!

"Thank you. Sarah's presentation was very helpful. Lots of clear information, great resources and good demonstrations of how to apply techniques."

"Yet another highly professional PD from PDP. Sarah is so experienced and imparted knowledge, skill and resources. I gained so much for my practice. Please have her present more topics for PDP!"

"I learned great practical skills to apply in my practice!”

"Very informative, very useful, excellent."

"A very professional presentation - plain language, useful, up to date. Talented and knowledgeable presenter."

"Sarah gave clear examples to relate to the topic, engaged the audience well. Great day and great venue."

"Sarah is a wonderfully engaging and knowledgeable presenter and the topic CBT for GAD was a great update for me."

"Relevant and skill enhancing! Thank you!"

"Great course, great presenter, good food and over-all an enjoyable day."

"Engaging, informative and very well presenter. I feel empowered!"

" Well rounded presentation like a 3-course meal! Good balance of theory and practice."

"Another excellent PDP presentation! Many thanks for having Sarah as a presenter. Is it possible for Sarah to present other topics as she is such a brilliant and clever presenter!"


Sarah Edelman PhD, PhD's Profile

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Dr Sarah Edelman is a clinical psychologist, author and trainer. She has worked in psychology for over 25 years, originally as researcher in health psychology, and subsequently as a lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney.

Sarah now works as a psychologist in private practice, dealing mainly with anxiety disorders. She also conducts training programs for mental health professionals, government and business organisations. Sarah ran a program on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) at Sydney University Centre for Continuing Education for over 20 years, and has been facilitating programs for the Black Dog institute since 2006.

She has published many articles in professional and mainstream journals, and is a regular guest on ABC radio. She has authored three books, including ‘Change your Thinking’, which is a best seller in the self-help genre. Her most recent book ‘No Worries’ is a self-help book for overcoming worry and generalised anxiety disorder.

Additional Info

Program Information

Event Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 10:30am)

Lunch Break
  12:30pm - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session
  1:00pm - 4:150pm (includes 15 minute break at 2:30pm)

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $249
         $29 to purchase and keep the recording of this event. 

  • Tea and coffee are included and food may be purchased from the many surrounding cafes or you can order a fresh lunch as part of your registration.
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 6.5 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A soft (digital) copy of notes and resources will be available in your account indefinitely and you may also purchase a hard (print copy) as part of your registration.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this face-to-face event on the day, your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 

We operate from registered Covid-Safe venues and are committed to your safety. 
Our operations and procedures are continually updated to ensure we comply with all relevant health orders. 
We will communicate any changes to health orders to you as soon as they are available to us. 
We ask for and appreciate your cooperation in complying with the orders.

In the interests of everyone's safety, we ask that you notify our team if you are unable to comply with the current orders. We can then offer you a transfer to an option to ensure you are can complete your training. 


  1. Screen clients for the presence of GAD, apply diagnostic tests when appropriate and make accurate diagnosis in relation to the disorder.
  2. Describe the basic models that seek to explain the underlying processes that contribute to the onset and maintenance of GAD (based on research evidence), as well as the implications for treatment.
  3. Develop a case formulation for individual clients who meet criteria for GAD diagnosis, including the factors that contribute to the maintenance of GAD for these clients.
  4. Differentiate between challenging the content of threat focused cognitions (using traditional cognitive strategies) and addressing the processes that maintain worry and threat monitoring, using more contemporary CBT techniques.
  5. Utilise a range of evidence-based strategies to help clients with GAD address their urge to worry, and to reduce threat focused cognitions. These strategies include case formulation, psychoeducation, use of imagery and metaphor, behavioural experiments, worry awareness strategies, detached mindfulness, metacognitive techniques and worry exposure.

"This workshop will increase your understanding of GAD, and provide a range of practical tools and strategies to enable you to recognise and treat the disorder among your clients."    Sarah Edelman


How will you benefit from this training?

  • Develop a greater understanding of GAD, and the underlying processes that contribute to and maintain the disorder.
  • Improved ability to recognise GAD amongst clients who present with other issues.
  • Develop confidence in using a range of contemporary CBT treatment strategies that address the factors that underlie the disorder.


Morning Session (includes a short morning tea break)

  • Introduction to Generalised Anxiety Disorder and contemporary models of underlying the processes in GAD.
  • Use of imagery, cognitive exposure, worries log, and mindfulness strategies.

Afternoon Session (includes a short afternoon tea break)

  • Building metacognitive awareness and challenging metacognitive beliefs in relation to the benefits of worrying.
  • Behavioural experiments, use of imagery and metaphors, ACT techniques.
  • Evaluation and closing.

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists. 

Venue information

Our venue is registered with Service NSW as a 'Covid Safe' venue. 
You will be required to checkin via our QR code and to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, PDP reserves the right to deny entry to any participant who is unable to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the Brown Street entrance.  

4 minute walk from Chatswood train/metro/bus interchange

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and chilled water are provided.
If you have not ordered lunch with your registration, we have a fridge and two microwave ovens should you wish to bring your own food. 
The venue has a cafe on the ground floor and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants including an extensive food hall above the Chatswood Interchange.

Mantra Hotel is next door to the venue: website here
Meriton Suites is a 4 minute walk from the venue: website here



PDP Sydney Training Room

Level 1, 10 Help Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Australia
+61 1300 887 622

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