Michel Dugas Recorded Webinar: Intolerance of Uncertainty in GAD: Facing the Unknown to Promote New Learning (March 2, 2023)
Thursday, March 2, 2023
11:00 am- 12:30 pm Eastern/ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Central/ 9:00 am – 10:30 am Mountain/ 8:00 am – 9:30 am Pacific
$15 Student ABCT Members / $25 ABCT Members / $35 Non-Members
Intolerance of uncertainty (IU), a negative dispositional characteristic that results from catastrophic beliefs about uncertainty, is a key vulnerability factor for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Research has shown that IU is highly related to the symptoms of GAD, that the relationship between IU and GAD is not accounted for by other vulnerability factors, and that changes in IU precede and predict corresponding changes in the symptoms of GAD. In this webinar, I will present a new, highly focused treatment for GAD: Behavioural Experiments for Intolerance of Uncertainty. The treatment draws upon 30 years of research on the role of intolerance of uncertainty in GAD, as well as on recent theorizing on the mechanisms of fear reduction. In brief, the new treatment uses the structure of behavioural experiments to explicitly test client hypotheses and thus enhance new learning during exposure to uncertainty. The treatment has now been tested in two clinical trials, with results showing that it promotes impressive change in negative beliefs about uncertainty, the symptoms of GAD and general psychopathology. The goal of this workshop is to present the new treatment’s underlying theory and to illustrate its strategies and procedures.
Dr. Michel Dugas is Professor of Psychology at the University of Quebec in Outaouais, Quebec, Canada. Over the past 30 years, he has conducted research on the role of intolerance of uncertainty in the aetiology and treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). His research program has led to the development and validation of cognitive-behavioural treatments for GAD that are now being used in numerous countries. He has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles, made over 300 scientific conference presentations, and given numerous clinical workshops around the world. Dr. Dugas is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. In 2017, he received the Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science from the Canadian Psychological Association.
1. To become familiar with the literature on intolerance of uncertainty and GAD.
2. To clearly understand the treatment’s underlying model and how the model relates to general cognitive-behavioural theory.
3. To learn how to adjust one’s therapeutic attitudes to promote exposure to uncertainty in session.
4. To learn how to use behavioural experiments to promote new learning about uncertainty and its sequelae.
1. Dugas, M. J., Sexton, K. A., Hebert, E. A., Bouchard, S., Gouin, J.-P., & Shafran, R. (2022-10). Behavioral experiments for intolerance of uncertainty: A randomized clinical trial for adults with generalized anxiety disorder. Behavior Therapy, 53(6), 1147-1160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2022.05.003
2. Hebert, E. A., & Dugas, M. J. (2019). Behavioral experiments for intolerance of uncertainty: Challenging the unknown in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 26(2), 421-436. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2018.07.007
3. Robichaud, M., Koerner, N., & Dugas, M. J. (2019). Cognitive-behavioral treatment for generalized anxiety disorder: From science to practice (Second edition). New York, NY: Routledge.
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