Anxiety disorders are estimated to affect 28% of the population over a lifetime. Approximately 75% of individuals who receive exposure therapy experience a significant improvement in anxiety. Only about 25% of clinicians have received training in exposure therapy for anxiety disorders.
35 Simulated Client Sessions for 8 hours of hands-on practice
49 Videos of Exposure Experts
4 Interactive eBooks* (224 page clinical guide)
33 PDF Summaries
Expand Your Practice
Clinicians can expand their practice by developing the foundational skills necessary to treat panic disorder, social anxiety, PTSD, OCD, compulsive hoarding, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and agoraphobia.
Enter an interactive therapy environment and learn by doing as you treat six virtual clients with a range of anxiety disorders. Help them overcome their fears at an airport, restaurant, mall, home, and even a motorcycle store!
Harness the power of exposure therapy to significantly enhance your clinical practice. Apply these principles to deliver a diagnosis-specific treatment protocol or effectively treat problems caused by emotional avoidance.
The course is designed for a diverse audience, from B.A.-level providers with limited clinical training to M.D.s and Ph.D.s with extensive training and supervision. This course will translate well for anyone who treats clients with anxiety, including psychiatrists and psychologists, as well as master’s level social workers and counselors. In addition, primary care physicians and nurses will find the course helpful in their clinical work.
*The term "eBooks" refers to interactive resources embedded in the course that provide an overview of the principles and procedures of exposure therapy. The eBooks are only accessible within the course and cannot be saved or printed.
- Describe the research data supporting the efficacy of Exposure Therapies (ET)
- Orient a client to the rationale for ETs
- Address common inaccurate beliefs and myths about ET (e.g., that ET will make clients get worse and drop out)
- Describe the theory of fear maintenance
- Orient a client to the rationale and procedures of and conduct in vivo exposure, interoceptive exposure, and imaginal exposure
- Address common client objections to ET (e.g., low motivation, excessive anxiety)
- Describe the goals of ET (e.g., corrective learning, fear toleration)
- Help a client decide when is the appropriate time to end an exposure task
- Orient a client to the Subjective Units of Distress (SUDs) scale
- Assess and understand a client’s fears, including cues for anxiety, feared outcomes, and safety behaviors
- Create an effective exposure hierarchy
- Determine when to ‘push the envelope’ and when to assess that exposure tasks are excessively risky
- Plan an effective exposure task
- Address and troubleshoot common problems during exposure, such as over-engagement, under-engagement, and avoidance
- Describe the principles for debriefing exposure tasks with clients
- Assign and review exposure homework with clients
“This is an absolute must for therapists wanting to learn the method of exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. The program doesn't just give information but it actually teaches therapists how to structure and implement this highly effective treatment strategy. The presentation of the material is exceptionally clear, the interactive nature of the program keeps the learner fully engaged, and the information is up to date and comprehensive. This is an exceptional training tool for learning exposure therapy."
Michelle Craske, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Biobehavioral Sciences
Director, Anxiety Disorders Research Center | University of California, Los Angeles
Author of Mastering Your Fears and Phobias, Mastery of Your Anxiety and Worry, and Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic
“This comprehensive and interactive training tool goes far beyond textbooks and treatment manuals. Using a series of realistic case vignettes and superb computer graphics, clinicians are provided with clear, scientifically accurate, and clinically useful feedback in the delivery of exposure tasks. The full range of anxiety disorders and therapeutic tasks is represented. By the end of this course, therapists should possess the theoretical knowledge necessary for the optimal delivery of exposure therapy with their clients.”
Brett Deacon, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, Anxiety Disorders Research Laboratory | University of Wyoming
Author of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Panic Disorder: A Clinician’s Guide to Theory and Practice and Exposure Therapy for Anxiety: Principles and Practice
“We know that exposure therapy is one of the most effective therapies in the treatment of anxiety disorders. This tool helps clinicians understand and apply both the science and the art of doing exposure therapy well. What an excellent resource for therapists. The practice scenarios let you gain first-hand experience with a multitude of clients, allowing you to make common mistakes, showing you how to fix them, and rewarding you when you have done a task well. I know of no other resource that allows therapists this type of in-depth knowledge and skills-building before treating actual clients using exposure therapy."
Lori Zoellner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress | University of Washington
Scientific Council Member, Anxiety and Depression Association of America and Expert in Prolonged Exposure therapy for PTSD
“This is the most comprehensive web-based training program for exposure therapy that I have ever seen. Using case examples and a professional-looking and highly intuitive interface, you will learn step-by-step how to implement the most effective treatment for anxiety disorders. The course also provides outstanding feedback about your progress, which will keep you on track. This is sure to be of help to any clinician wanting to learn more about working with anxious and fearful patients."
Jonathan Abramowitz, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology
Director, UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic | University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Author of Understanding and Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach and Exposure Therapy for Anxiety: Principles and Practice
“The Foundations of Exposure Therapies Online Training Course is marvelous. It lays out all the aspects of exposure therapy in a step-by-step, user-friendly, and accessible way so that the therapist new to exposure therapies learns how the many pieces fit together and does so in a manner that should reduce the many and often misplaced concerns that new therapists have about exposure. It is exceptional preparation for starting a course of exposure therapy with an anxious client. In fact, it is good exposure therapy for the activity of doing exposure therapy."
Richard Heimberg, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology
Director, Adult Anxiety Clinic | Temple University
Author of Managing Social Anxiety: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach and Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Advances in Research and Practice
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About the Developers
Melanie Harned, Ph.D. from Behavioral Tech Research
Linda Dimeff, Ph.D., Jake Zavertnik, and Kelly Chrestman, Ph.D., from Behavioral Tech Research
Jonathan Abramowitz, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
John Baer, Ph.D., University of Washington
Shawn Cahill, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Michelle Craske, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Kristin Ellard, Ph.D., Boston University
Richard Heimberg, Ph.D., Temple University
Michael Otto, Ph.D., Boston University
Peter Roy-Byrne, M.D., University of Washington
Lori Zoellner, Ph.D., University of Washington