SDS Seminars Online

NEW/Updated: Working with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) with Paul Grantham



This two-day course covers issues of definition of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), its co-morbidity, how GAD develops, three theories of GAD (Borkovec, Ladouceur and Wells) assessment and formulation, along with a range of CBT interventions as they apply to working with GAD.

The course addresses all the essentials of this work and outlines the new developments and approaches in the field.

At present 40% of disability worldwide is due to depression and anxiety.

The most recent Psychiatric Morbidity Survey reports that there are 6 million people in the UK suffering with these problems: approximately 3 million with depression as their primary problem and 3 million with an anxiety disorder. Generalised anxiety disorder was the most commonly identified common mental health disorder in 2014, followed by depressive episodes. The absolute numbers of both have been increasing exponentially in the last years.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a most common anxiety condition, estimated to affect up to 5% of the UK population. Slightly more women are affected than men, and the condition is more prevalent in people from the ages of 35 to 59.

NICE guidelines for Generalized anxiety disorder(Last revised in October 2017) recommend low- and high-intensity CBT as a treatment of choice for GAD.

Issues covered include:

  • Definition of GAD, associated problems and differentiation from OCD and phobic reactions
  • Introduction to 3 models of GAD
  • Cognitive Avoidance Model (Borkevec)
  • Uncertainty Intolerance Model (Ladouceur)
  • Metacognitive theory (Wells)
  • Common pitfalls in working with GAD
  • Addressing issues of affect avoidance
  • Increasing curiosity and cognitive flexibility
  • The use of Socratic Questioning and Behavioural Experiments to address clients’ beliefs in “the need to worry”
  • The use of “Attentional Training” with GAD
  • Helping clients to distinguish between soluble and insoluble problems
  • New Developments

If you’ve done this course with us in the past and want to attend it again as a refresher – you might be entitled to a 50% discount. Contact the office to check the records we hold for you and whether this discount is available to you.

This course is part of the training programme that enables you to complete the BPS Approved Master Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

You can build up gradually your CBT training portfolio by attending all the courses within the programme at the pace that suits you. All your training hours will be calculated, recorded in an individual validated log and accumulated towards your full Diploma.

Course tutor

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine, Accredited CBT Therapist. With over 40 years of clinical experience, Paul is the Founder and Director of SDS, a bestselling author, an international presenter, and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

Course structure

  • Full course video
  • Full course materials as a PDF (downloadable)
  • Personalised Certificate for 14 CPD Hours