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Therapy Association

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The Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is an interdisciplinary organization that promotes the study and practice of scientifically-based cognitive and behavioral treatments in the Philadelphia region. PBTA has a long tradition of providing education, promoting dissemination, and facilitating networking among the local cognitive- and behaviorally-oriented community. PBTA sponsors lectures, workshops, and discussions for the purpose of educating practitioners, clinical scientists, students, and the public on the effective practice of psychological treatments.

Upcoming PBTA Events

PBTA and Children's and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety
are co-sponsoring an upcoming clinical training workshop:

The Social Network

Navigating how today’s youth strive to find their self-identity and self-worth amidst the complicated web of social media, peer relationships and their desire for perfection.

Lynne Siqueland, PhD and Carrie Potoff, LCSW The Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety

Friday, May 17th, 2019 9:30-4:30pm

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

This workshop will focus on the many complex factors influencing children’s and teen’s social lives that clinicians and educators are increasingly concerned about. How can we guide children, teens and their families to create healthy peer relationships and live value driven social lives?

In this training we will address the impact of social media in relation to anxiety and depression.

We will explore ways to think holistically about social media use for its positive components, as well as educate children and families on the negative impacts. We will discuss how to talk to children/teens about their friendships and social lives, so they become more mindful of their choices.

Finally, we will review the nature of the treatment of social anxiety disorder when functioning and interaction can become extremely limited. We will present the CBT and other interventions that are specific to social anxiety. Implementation of exposure strategies and family involvement in meeting these goals will be reviewed. Lastly, we will go over recent work on preparing young adults for transition to college or post-graduation that include both independence and anxiety reduction goals.

CE objectives:

  1. Identify how social media influences children/teenagers mentally (anxiety, depression) and physically (sleep, lack of activity)
  2. Identify the ways in which perfectionism presents in anxiety and depression and list possible contributions from social media, social comparison and social pressure
  3. Describe key cognitive behavioral and other intervention strategies used to treat social anxiety
  4. Plan both independence and anxiety reduction exposure tasks for teens and young adults
  5. Create family-based goals and support of addressing social avoidance

Case examples will be used to illustrate the objectives

Cost: $199, student fee $50, PBTA members $149 for free CE credits

Contact Lynne Siqueland at siqueland@pobox.com for more info and for brochure and registration

Continuing Education Information: The Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association (PBTA) is co-sponsoring this workshop with the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety. PBTA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists The Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participant will earn 6 CE hours for completing this course.

Benefits of Membership

  • Free or reduced-cost admission to PBTA talks. Talks are given by prominent CBT-oriented professionals on topics of interest to members.
  • Discounted admission to half-day and full-day workshops.  
  • Free CE credits (for PBTA sponsored events) for psychologists, Pennsylvania-licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers.
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded professionals.
  • Electronic referral directory. 


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