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Friday, August 14, 2020
2:15 PM Eastern

Agoraphobia and Germaphobia in COVID-19

Agoraphobia and Germaphobia in COVID-19

Friday, August 14, 2020

2:15 pm ET /  1:15 pm CT / 11:15 am PT


For many healthcare workers, the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken perceptions of relative safety versus danger in their field. The nature of this crisis increases risk for symptoms of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress among healthcare workers.  A variety of problematic coping mechanisms are especially tempting now, including increased substance use, over-eating, and excessive spending through online shopping. Existing methods for managing anxiety about germs and other symptoms of psychological distress can offer guidelines about coping with COVID-19 related anxieties

Join this free, 60-minute webinar where we will discuss anxieties specific to COVID-19 and their treatment including how to:

  • distinguish between useful concerns about COVID-19 and clinically significant concerns

  • design useful exposure-based interventions for people with illness phobias during pandemic condition

  • design useful exposure-based interventions for people with panic attacks and agoraphobia during pandemic conditions


Meet the Presenters:

Karen Lynn Cassiday, PhD, is a lively sought after speaker and commentator on national media such as Nightline, The Today Show, Animal Planet, The Joy Behar Show, Huffington Post, public radio and many more.  She is the Past President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the founder of the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago and Moms Without Worry, a program that helps mothers overcome overwhelm and the cultural pressure to be perfect and to raise perfect kids.  She host the Moms Without Worry Radio Show.  She is a certified trainer in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a Founding Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a winner of the prestigious Clinician of Distinction Award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.  She has numerous scientific publications in the area of anxiety disorders.  She enjoys using her expertise to help patients and therapists overcome anxiety and mood disorders.  She especially enjoys helping people become their better selves with authenticity, joy and good humor.

Keith Bredemeier, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Director of Research Training at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Dr. Bredemeier received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Delaware and his Doctoral degree in Clinical/Community Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  In graduate school, his research focused on risk factors for emotional difficulties, with a particular focus on cognitive factors associated with anxiety and depression.  He completed his predoctoral internship at Brown University, followed by postdoctoral fellowships focused on suicide risk and prevention in the Department of Psychosocial Research at Brown and the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center at Penn.  Dr. Bredemeier’s current research focuses on cognitive traits and difficulties involved in the etiology and treatment of transdiagnostic dimensions of anxiety (e.g., excessive worrying), repetitive negative thinking (e.g., rumination), and related problems (e.g., depression, suicidal behavior).  He specializes in cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders, including Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) for obsessive-compulsive disorder, Prolonged Exposure (PE) for posttraumatic stress disorder, and CBT for generalized anxiety disorder and social phobia.

The recording and a copy of the materials will be available for download within 5 business days