Social Anxiety Disorder: Understanding and Assessment at LICBT

Jenny Lam

Wednesday, 16 November 2022


Social Anxiety Disorder is one of the most common anxiety disorders, with a lifetime prevalence of approximately 12% in the adult population (Kessler et al., 2005; NICE 2013). Social Anxiety Disorder frequently leads to significant impairment in an individual’s functioning, poor relationships, impaired work and educational performance and diminished quality of life (Keller, 2003; Mendlowicz & Stein, 2000; Kessler et al., 2005).

Social Anxiety Disorder also has a high comorbidity rate with several other mental health disorders, including depression, and substance use (NICE, 2013). Misidentification and avoidance behaviours result in only 50% of individuals seeking treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder, and treatment is usually only sought after several years of distress (Otto et al., 2001).

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


This webinar will provide information about:
• The prevalence of Social Anxiety Disorder.
• The impact of Social Anxiety Disorder.
• The key features of Social Anxiety Disorder.
• Distinguishing Social Anxiety Disorder symptoms.
• Use of relevant Anxiety Disorder Specific Measures.
• The guidelines for the treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder.

Learning Objectives

To gain knowledge and understanding about Social Anxiety Disorder.
To know the criteria for Social Anxiety Disorder.
To gain knowledge and understanding for the assessment of Social Anxiety Disorder.
To be able to differentiate Social Anxiety Disorder from other disorders.
To gain knowledge and understanding about NICE guidelines and the recommendations for the treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder in line with the Stepped Care model.

Training Modalities

Didactic content, experiential components, Q&A, polls.

Key References

American Psychiatric Association. (2013) The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) 5th ed. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Association.
Clark, D.M. and Wells A. (1995) A Cognitive Model of Social Phobia. In: Heimberg, R.G., Liebowitz, M.R., Hope, D. A. and Schneier, F.R. (eds.) Social Phobia Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment. London: Guildford Press.
Connor K.M., Davidson, J.R., Churchill, L.E., Sherwood, A., Foa, E and Weisler, R.H. (2000) Psychometric properties of the Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN): New self-rating scale. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 176: 379-386.
Keller, M.B. (2003) The lifelong course of social anxiety disorder: a clinical perspective. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 108, 85–94.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (2013) NICE clinical guideline 159. Social anxiety disorder: recognition, assessment and treatment. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health. (2020) The IAPT Manual (Version 4). London: NHS England.

About the presenter

Jenny Lam is a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Clinical Supervisor for CBT Psychotherapists and Trainee Clinical Psychologists. She has worked in IAPT for over 10 years. Jenny is an experienced Clinical Lecturer who has worked for Charlie Waller Institute at the University of Reading. She was part of the team who developed and first delivered the revised National Curriculum for low intensity training. She has trained both trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors. She has also facilitated Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events nationally. Jenny takes a distinct interest in the importance of cultural sensitivity within clinical practice and supervision.

Who should attend

This webinar is suitable for low intensity practitioners working within Primary care.