AACBT Master Clinician Series Webinar – SAD

31 Dec 2024
12:00 pm
- 03:00 pm
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This event was recorded live and is now available for on-demand viewing.


Cognitive therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder in adults and adolescents

Presented by Professor David M Clark

Part of the AACBT Master Clinician webinar series.


This event was recorded live and is available for on-demand viewing.


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This approx. 3hr Master Clinician webinar was recorded in September 2020.


As CT-SAD has been consistently shown to be more effective than a range of other psychological and pharmacological treatments for SAD, familiarity with its key features is likely to enhance a practitioner’s clinical practice.

In the absence of treatment, social anxiety disorder (SAD) is the most persistent of all the anxiety disorders. It prevents people from realising their full potential and holds them back in many areas of life. Cognitive therapy for social anxiety disorder (CT-SAD) is a distinctive treatment approach that focuses on changing the maintenance processes in the Clark & Wells (1995) cognitive model of SAD. Randomised controlled trials in the UK, Germany, Japan, Norway, and Sweden have shown that it is more effective than exposure therapy, group CBT, interpersonal psychotherapy, brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, attention placebo, medication (SSRIs), and placebo medication. This presentation will focus on the distinctive features of the treatment, which will be richly illustrated with video clips. Most of the clinical trials have so far focused on adults. However our recent pilot work suggests that CT-SAD may be at least as effective as a treatment for adolescents. For this reason, the presentation also discusses use with adolescents.


Key Learning Objectives

  1. To understand the key psychological processes that maintain social anxiety disorder, according to the Clark & Wells (1995) model.
  2. To be familiar with the distinctive procedures that are the core of CT-SAD and to know how to sequence them within a course of treatment.
  3. To understand how session by session measures of key process variables are used to guide the course of treatment within CT-SAD.

As CT-SAD has been consistently shown to be more effective than a range of other psychological and pharmacological treatments for SAD, familiarity with its key features is likely to enhance a practitioner’s clinical practice.



Clark, D. M. (2005). A Cognitive Perspective on Social Phobia. In W. R. Crozier & L. E. Alden (Eds.), The essential handbook of social anxiety for clinicians (p. 193–218). John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Clark, D. M., Ehlers, A., Hackmann, A., McManus, F., Fennell, M., Grey, N., Waddington, L., & Wild, J. (2006). Cognitive therapy versus exposure and applied relaxation in social phobia: A randomized controlled trialJournal of consulting and clinical psychology74(3), 568–578.

Free resources for therapists treating social anxiety disorder with cognitive therapy from University of Oxford.

Resources (a mixture of open and closed access items): https://oxcadatresources.com/you-are-now-logged-in/


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