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Social Anxiety Disorder: Understanding and Assessment at LICBT

Taf Kunorubwe

16 Nov 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

Taf Kunorubwe is a BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist & Mindfulness Teacher. He has experience working and supervision within IAPT services as a Low Intensity Worker / PWP and High-Intensity Therapist. As well as service development and special projects aiming to improve access and outcomes for clients from diverse backgrounds. He currently works part-time as the Course Lead for the PGCert in CBT Skills at the University of South Wales and a Guest Lecturer on CBT Training Courses. As well as running a small private practice, with a special interest in improving access and outcomes for clients from diverse backgrounds.

Who should attend

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

Low Intensity clinical contact hours survey - BABCP Low Intensity Special Interest Group

Please click below if you are interested in contributing to the survey.


The BACP Low Intensity SIG are interested in the impact of clinical contact hours on Low Intensity/Wellbeing Practitioner wellbeing. This questionnaire contains six multi-choice questions and a free text box for you to share your experiences. The answers to these questions will help the BABCP SIG plan how to meet CPD topics and other developments within the SIG.  The SIG hope to produce a write up of the answers to this questionnaire to be shared with SIG members and to be used in training.

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This FREE conference is for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners working in Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression services and is brought to you by Bespoke Mental Health in collaboration with the NHS England Talking Therapies National PWP Leads Network

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