Institute for Life Course & Aging Online Workshop: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety Among Older Adults

Event Location

This 4 week online workshop, designed for healthcare and other professionals, is scheduled to run from Monday, May 8 to Sunday, June 4, 2023. This workshop will be offered only if there is sufficient enrolment. The sufficient enrolment decision deadline is Monday, May 1.

Week 1:

• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and its usefulness
• The principles of CBT
• Expanding CBT to older adults
• Goals of CBT for anxiety in older adults

Week 2:
• The importance of behavioural activation for anxiety, e.g. avoidance
• The connection between mood and physical reactions
• Panic Disorder
• Diaphragm breathing
• Relaxation techniques: the progressive muscle relaxation technique and visualization

Week 3:
• A closer look at thoughts 
• Restructuring thoughts through the thought record
• Fears associated with older adults, e.g. health conditions, safety, death and dying
• Case examples

Week 4:
• Exposure
• Stressful or traumatic events
• Adapting to changes in later life and associated fears/expectations
• Case examples
• Clinician triggers, burnout and self-care

Registration and payment is available online at