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Psychodynamic Taxonomies of Anxiety with Matthew Bennett, PhD

  • 11 Dec 2015
  • 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The Home of Dr. Jordan Witt
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The psychodynamic tradition describes anxiety as a meaningful experience rather than just a “symptom.”  The tradition has a rich history of describing different kinds of anxiety, including how anxieties evolve developmentally and how they make sense.  Different kinds of anxieties arise for different reasons and play important roles in the life of the psyche.  As a person matures emotionally, some kinds of anxieties become more relevant than others.  The types of anxiety a person experiences, and how that person's attempts to control that anxiety, are some of the most important things there are to know about a psychotherapy client.  This seminar will explore different kinds of anxieties, their dynamic roots in meaningful emotional experience, and strategies for addressing each kind of anxiety.


At the completion of this continuing education program, participants will be able to:

1)      Describe characteristics of different types of anxiety as described in the psychodynamic literature, including annihilation anxiety, abandonment anxiety, and moral anxiety;

2)      Identify and critique clinical and culture-based lay perspectives on anxiety which ignore subjective experience of anxiety in favor of discrete disease categories;

3)      Develop strategies for addressing and resolving anxiety states in psychotherapy.

Timed Outline:

5:15-5:30 pm: Greet, sign in and socialize

5:30-5:35 pm: Introduction of speaker and opening remarks

5:35–6:45 pm: Presentation focusing on the above objectives

6:45-7:00 pm: Q&A and Evaluations

Directions to venue will be emailed with Registration.

1.5 CE's available for California-licensed Psychologists

CPA is co-sponsoring with the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 

Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 1.5 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.


SBCPA Continuing Education Committee

Attendees will be able to:

  • 1.   Identify ways to be active participants in their patients’ primary health care teams, being attuned to key preventive health strategies and learning ways to legally and ethically communicate with other healthcare professionals with this goal in mind.  
  • 2.   Become familiar with the biopsychosocial model of medical illness and develop a working understanding of the impact illness/injury can have on the individual and family.
  • 3.   Demonstrate specific ways in which inner strengths, resilience, and acceptance can be fostered in patients facing life-altering physical diagnoses through evidence-based psychotherapy.
  • 4.   Consider personal countertransference issues with respect to end of life issues and explore how these can be recognized and used in individual and family therapy.

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