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Social Anxiety - video

Social Anxiety - video

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Christine A. Padesky, PhD
Full Color / Run Time 54 minutes

Protocol & rationale. Practice ďAssertive Defense of Self." Set up behavioral experiments.



Christine A. Padesky, PhD
1 Full Color DVD
Run Time 54 minutes

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Social Anxiety

© Copyright 2008 Christine A. Padesky, PhD /

Dr. Christine Padesky presents her treatment rationale and demonstrates the CBT approach she developed in the 1990’s to treat social anxiety called “Assertive Defense of the Self.

A young woman (Pooh) describes how she avoids certain social events and activities because she fears criticism from others. In the opening minutes of this DVD program, Pooh identifies her anxious thoughts and gives a brief history of her fears.

Via role play practice that Padesky debriefs using Socratic dialogue, Pooh begins to build her "Assertive Defense of the Self" repertoire and skills. Over the course of this single session Pooh gains confidence that she can cope with criticism.

Padesky emphasizes coping with criticism rather than testing out the belief that people are critical. This is because successful CBT protocols help people directly face their fears. If fear of criticism is central to social anxiety then it makes sense that learning to face and cope with criticism should be central to treatment.

Once Pooh gains confidence she can defend herself against criticism, she works with Padesky to devise a behavioral experiment to test her skills in the real world. She devises a challenging experiment that she hopes will elicit criticism from others. This experiment is based on the "Assertive Defense" philosophy that people with social anxiety should court criticism until their fears subside. Viewers will hear how Pooh and Padesky develop the experiment and how Pooh learns to view herself as “lucky” if she received criticism.

The end credits of the program include a photo of Pooh carrying out her behavioral experiment that she emailed to Dr. Padesky several weeks after this session was filmed. Our new Audio CD on Social Anxiety includes more follow-up information on these experiments! (SKU SANX)

DVD Chapters
1.   Fear of Criticism

2.   Relevant History
3.   Treatment Rationale
4.   Assertive Defense Setup
5.   Practice Assertive Defense
6.   Debrief Experiments
7.   Seek Criticism
8.   Practice “Gentle” Defense
9.   Summary & Assignment
10. End Credits

CBT for Social Anxiety DVD

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Program review 02/13/2016
By Andrej Petrusa (spec.)
I am an advanced cognitive therapist with private practice.Through listening and watching the programs I was able to recognize the techniques and approaches I have been using so far. Some new interesting ideas contained in the program I'm going to use in the future. I was impressed by Dr Padesky's huge knowledge and I liked her well balanced, controlled systematic approach connected to worm empathic listening and understanding
of the client.
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I love "Assertive Defense of the Self". 06/14/2015
By Ellen Tobey Klass, PhD
I'm so glad you asked for my review. When I finished this segment (only one so far), I was so happy with what I'd viewed and learned, I wanted to tell people and couldn't figure the venue.

I'm an experienced CBT-er and have taken workshops and consulted with Dr. Padesky.

Things I loved: Seeing a seamless, interactive, and validating approach to in-session behavior rehearsal -- as opposed to the didacticism one often sees (and lapses into). Very notable also, Dr. Padesky's skillfully eliciting the client's naturally-occurring positive viewpoints/self-statements -- great for the client being able to use these and also great in the context of much negativity.
I also loved how Dr. Padesky worked with the "client" - respectful, positive. At times, I could see Dr. Padesky pausing when the client said something not "CBT-correct", such as perhaps a negative self-statement used as reinforcement. In the pause, I thought I saw Dr. Padesky figuring out how to respond to move the comment back to assertive defense of the self without conveying the client had done it wrong. And Dr. P did come up with things that did this. Plus, warmth and humor.

I'm using what I learned with a client who has a very difficult problem. We've been able to move much closer to in vivo practice, identify key issues, and find ways through some of them.

I'm so happy that I went to the source (this video), rather than keeping on relying on what others had told me about assertive defense of the self as a treatment strategy.
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Assertive Defense of Self 11/13/2012
By Tom King
This is a very useful demonstration (with a conference volunteer) -- the production quality, sound etc is high, and Dr. Padesky conducts the interview in a manner that is easy to track and follow the steps of CBT It may have been useful to hear the feedback of the volunteer, and Dr. Padesky's comments on the session. Well worth it!
Our responseSo glad you mentioned the usefulness of feedback and comments. In the end credits of the video, we show a photo that Pooh submitted of her homework assignment. A few weeks after the interview session, Pooh and Dr. Padesky exchanged several emails in which she reported on her behavioral experiment. With Pooh's permission, we posted the feedback and exchange in the Clinical Corner Interviews section on our website. For details, visit and click on "Pooh's Behavioral Experiment."
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