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Cognitive Therapy Techniques for Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder



Course Overview: 

Amongst anxiety-related disorders, many clinicians find generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) to be particularly difficult to treat effectively, perhaps due to the pervasive avoidant coping tendencies of these clients and the varying focus of their worries.  Importantly, worry can be conceptualized as a cognitive form of avoidance, and this formulation has important clinical implications.  Several cognitive therapy techniques have strong empirical support (as components of CBT for GAD protocols, or standalone interventions) – these techniques involve engaging in reflective processing and/or behavioral experimentation on the content of worries (e.g., the likelihood that specific feared outcomes will occur) or aspects of meta-cognition (i.e., “thinking about thinking”; e.g., views about the utility of worrying).  This workshop will focus on prominent evidence-based cognitive interventions for GAD – in particular, attendees will learn and practice implementing traditional cognitive therapy techniques, tailored cognitive therapy techniques targeting worry thoughts, strategies for evaluating beliefs about worry, and strategies for evaluating personal performance standards.



Dr. Keith Bredemeier, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Director of the Institute for Community Mental Health Clinic at the University of Delaware.  He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Delaware and his Doctoral degree in Clinical/Community Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He completed his predoctoral internship at Brown University, followed by postdoctoral fellowships focused on suicide risk and prevention in the Department of Psychosocial Research at Brown and the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Bredemeier’s research focuses on cognitive traits and difficulties involved in the etiology and treatment of transdiagnostic dimensions of anxiety (e.g., excessive worrying), repetitive negative thinking (e.g., rumination), and related problems (e.g., depression, suicidal behavior).  He previously worked and received training at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, where is remains an adjunct faculty member to support ongoing collaborations.  Dr. Bredemeier specializes in diagnostic assessment and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma and stress-related disorders.  He also has expertise in suicide risk assessment and prevention, as well as cognitive assessment.

Oct 18, 2024: 8:45am-12pm ET | Cognitive Tx for GAD | 3 Cred Hrs

  • Date Fri, Ocotber 18, 2024 - Morning Session
    Time: 8:45am-12:00pm Eastern Time
    Delivery Format: Live Online Interactive Training on Zoom
    Target Audience: Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, other mental health professionals

CE Credit Information

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State-Level Approvals

Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners Authorized Sponsor

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an authorized sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland and maintains full responsibility for this program. To learn more about CE requirements and Category I and II activities please visit the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners Website

District of Columbia Board of Social Work

Maryland CEU Institute has received approval to provide continuing education credit hours through the DC Board of Social Work.


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Course Interaction & System Requirements: 

This live webinar is fully interactive and will take place via Zoom. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions.

Minimum System requirements:

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)

  • A computer or device to watch AND listen to the training as well as type questions or responses into the Zoom chat function (view full list of compatible devices and supported operating systems

Strongly Recommended: 

  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth

  • A webcam or HD webcam – built-in, USB plug-in, or:

​View the FULL LIST of compatible operating systems and system requirements.

Course Completion Requirements:

To earn CE Credit attendees must fulfill the following:

  1. Login to the training (Zoom) on time and ensure that you first and last name are showing in Zoom (message staff if unsure or need help).

  2. Complete a separate Virtual Sign-In Sheet by training start time (link provided in Zoom).

  3. Attend training in full and participate.

  4. Complete separate Virtual Sign-Out Sheet/Evaluation at conclusion (link provided in Zoom with 15 minute timeframe to begin or complete eval).


If all of the above criteria are met your CE certificate will be emailed to you within 7 days of training completion. If above criteria are not yet you may have credits deducted or may be unable to receive any credits. See Terms of Service for full details.

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