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An Integrative Approach to CBT for Panic Disorder

San Francisco Psychological Association is Co-Sponsoring with CPA


An Integrative Approach to CBT for Panic Disorder
Presented by Elizabeth McMahon, PhD
2 CE Credits


Saturday, March 6th @ 10 AM - 12 PM
-Via Live Zoom-

STEP 1- Register for the Workshop
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Registration Fees

SFPA Members – No Fee

Non-Member Student $25, Non-Members $40



STEP 2- Also, please register in advance for the video portion of this meeting
After registering on this website, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to register for the video portion of this workshop.  Please register for the video portion.




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.




At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  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



  1. Benbow, A. A., & Anderson, P. L. (2018). A meta-analytic examination of attrition in virtual reality exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. Elsevier Ltd.
  2. Cuijpers, P., Cristea, I. A., Karyotaki, E., Reijnders, M., & Huibers, M. J. H. (2016). How effective are cognitive behavior therapies for major depression and anxiety disorders? A meta-analytic update of the evidence. World Psychiatry15(3), 245–258.
  3. Davies, C. D., Niles, A. N., Pittig, A., Arch, J. J., & Craske, M. G. (2015). Physiological and behavioral indices of emotion dysregulation as predictors of outcome from cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy for anxiety.Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry,46, 35–43.
  4. Gallagher, M. W., Payne, L. A., White, K. S., Shear, K. M., Woods, S. W., Gorman, J. M., & Barlow, D. H. (2013). Mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral therapy for panic disorder: The unique effects of self-efficacy and anxiety sensitivity.Behaviour Research and Therapy,51(11), 767–777.
  5. Maples-Keller, J., Bunnell, B., Kim, S.-J., & Rothbaum, B. (2017). The Use of Virtual Reality Technology in the Treatment of Anxiety and Other Psychiatric Disorders. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 25(3), 103–113.
  6. McMahon, E. (2017). Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy: Bringing ‘in vivo’ into the Office.J of Health Service Psychology, (Spring) 43, 46-49.'in_vivo'_into_the_Office
  7. Milrod, B., Chambless, D., Gallop, R., Busch, F., Schwalberg, M., McCarthy, K., Gross, C., Sharpless, B., Leon, A., & Barber, J. (2016). Psychotherapies for Panic Disorder: A Tale of Two Sites. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 77(7), 927-935.
  8. Mitsopoulou, T., Kasvikis, Y., Koumantanou, L., Giaglis, G., Skapinakis, P., & Mavreas, V. (2019)Manualized single-session behavior treatment with self-help manual for panic disorder with or without agoraphobia,Psychotherapy Research, published online September 11.
  9. Porter, E., & Chambless, D. L. (2015, December 1). A systematic review of predictors and moderators of improvement in cognitive-behavioral therapy for panic disorder and agoraphobia.Clinical Psychology Review. Elsevier Inc.
  10. Sandin, B., Sánchez-Arribas, C., Chorot, P., & Valiente, R. M. (2015). Anxiety sensitivity, catastrophic misinterpretations and panic self-efficacy in the prediction of panic disorder severity: Towards a tripartite cognitive model of panic disorder.Behaviour Research and Therapy,67, 30–40.


CPA is co-sponsoring with SFPA. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 


Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 2 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.



Saturday, March 6, 2021, 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Additional Info:
Saara Muscat
CE Programs Chair
Annette Taylor, Administrator
408-757-7720 (p)
408-757-7720 (c)
CE Workshops
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