Social Anxiety Disorder: Spotting, differentiating and using Anxiety
Disorder Specific Measures for Low Intensity CBT Assessments

Jynna Yarrum

Wednesday, 22 September 2021


Identifying Social Anxiety Disorder correctly means that patients receive the correct NICE recommended treatment. However, when conducting brief low intensity assessments it is not always easy to identify the person’s primary presenting complaint. For instance, it is very common for people experiencing depression to also have a co-occurring anxiety disorder. In clinical practice it can be tempting to identify cases with more than one presentation as ‘mixed anxiety and depression’ but this should be avoided wherever possible. It is through careful questioning that the primary problem can be identified.

The event will be equivalent to 1.1/2hrs of CPD.


This webinar focuses on how to spot Social Anxiety Disorder symptoms, and looks at what
differentiates it from other anxiety disorders and depression. The IAPT screening prompts
tool that is recommended for use in LICBT assessments will be discussed. The Anxiety
Disorder Specific Measures recommended by IAPT for Social Anxiety Disorder will also be
discussed in terms of how to use them, cut offs for caseness, and how to interpret scores.
Recommendations for CYP measures will also be briefly introduced.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:
1. Identify Social Anxiety Disorder.
2. Identify distinguishing symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder.
3. Understand the questions to ask to identify the primary presenting problem.
4. Use relevant Anxiety Disorder Specific Measures and interpret scores

Training Modalities

The presenter will use case illustrations, experiential exercises and Q&A.

Key References

Connor, K.M., Davidson, J.R.T., Churchill, L.E., Sherwood, A., Foa, E.B. & Weisler, R.H. (2000).
Psychometric properties of the Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN): a new self-rating scale. British Journal
of Psychiatry, 176:379–386.
National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (2020). The IAPT Manual (Version 4).
London: NHS England.
National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (2020). The Improving Access to
Psychological Therapies Manual Appendices and helpful resource. London: NHS England.

About the presenter

Jynna Yarrum is Senior Lecturer at Northampton University for the Children and Young
People’s Mental Health project’s low intensity programmes, programme leading EMHP
(Educational Mental Health Practitioners). She completed training as an adult psychological
wellbeing practitioner in 2013 at the University of Reading, and trained as a CBT therapist
for CYP with King College London in 2018. Jynna is particularly interested in CBT based
anxiety interventions for GAD, separation anxiety, and social anxiety.

Who should attend

This event is designed for practitioners delivering low intensity interventions including
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Enhanced Psychological Practitioners.