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An Integrative Approach to CBT for Panic Disorder

Marin County Psychological Association Presents:

 Dr. Elizabeth McMahon

An Integrative Approach to CBT for Panic Disorder


The course will focus on cognitive-behavioral, empirically validated treatment of panic disorder. Recent clinically relevant research findings will be presented. 

A model of understanding and treating panic disorder will be presented. This model is helps clients understand panic and its treatment, is easily understood, is compatible with multiple therapeutic approaches, and has been used successfully with hundreds of clients.

Attendees will learn the five most common triggers for panic attacks and ways to reduce those triggers. They will learn four evidence-based interventions to help clients manage panic sensations.

Common fears about panic will be reviewed along with specific facts that can help relieve and refute those fears. Attendees will learn about interoceptive exposure, a proven technique to help clients lose their fear of panic sensations. In vivo exposure will also be described, including two ways of creating an exposure hierarchy. The use of virtual reality (VR) in treating panic disorder, especially panic disorder with agoraphobia, will be discussed.

Finally, composite case examples will be presented and there will be time for question and answer discussion with the audience. Informal case consultation will be available as time allows. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. List two or more diagnostic criteria for panic disorder 
  2. Identify at least one research-supported treatment intervention for panic disorder 
  3. Describe interoceptive exposure and its purpose
  4. Name the four components of the cycle of panic and anxiety


Saturday, October 3rd

10:00am to 12:00 pm   2 CE credits


MCPA Members: $25. Non-Members: $35.  Students $10. 2 Continuing Ed credits $15.


Login: 9:45-10:00 

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zoom platform - laptop or desktop with webcam and internet connection required. Smart phone can also be used.  Zoom program download or app required.


Questions?  Rick Pomfret, PsyD, at (415) 963-3536


The California Psychological Association (CPA) is co-sponsoring with the Marin County Psychological Association.  CPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and recognized by the BBS to offer CE credit for its licensees. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 

Saturday, October 3, 2020, 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Zoom Online Platform - zoom meeting location details emailed automatically upon registration
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Rick Pomfret
(415)963-3536 (p)
Continuing Education
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Cancellation Policy:
The fee for the event is non-refundable.