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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

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Sarah Edelman, PhD
6.5 hours
Nov 24, 2022
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"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."
 – Dr Sarah Edelman

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is the hardest type of anxiety to treat because the client believes their worry is helpful… That it will prepare them for the worst-case scenario, or somehow deter future unwanted events. 

It never works. But still… They just can’t let it go.  

So, you—and your client—end up stuck. Unable to move forward in treatment until you can find a way to help them overcome their fierce resistance to change.  

Fortunately, the last 15 years of research have expanded our understanding of GAD…

Including the processes that underlie it and how to use a range of contemporary CBT treatment strategies to get to the factors that underlie the disorder.

Now, in Dr Sarah Edelman’s FINAL live training event, you’ll discover strategies to successfully challenge client’s worry so they can finally release their iron grip on anxiety.

Dr Edelman will reveal psychoeducational tools, behavioral experiments, worry awareness strategies, mindfulness approaches, worry exposure techniques, and more…

All of which you can use with clients immediately!

Register today for this live training to develop a deeper understanding of GAD and the confidence to use a range of contemporary CBT treatment strategies to address the root of this disorder.


Praise for Dr Edelman’s recent presentations of this training

“Sarah is a very experienced and competent facilitator who knows her material well. She can 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 practice. 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!



This online program is worth 5.0 hours CPD.



Sarah Edelman, 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.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Sarah Edelman maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Black Dog Institute. She receives royalties as a published author. Sarah Edelman receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Sarah Edelman is a member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists, the Division of Independent Professional Practice, and the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.


  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. 



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