This brand new medical conference provides advanced guidance on how to treat and manage patients who have anxiety disorders.

In mental health and primary care practices, patients with anxiety disorders are not only common, they often need more of your time and resources to manage their conditions. There are many evidence-based pharmacologic and behavioral treatment options, yet practice measures show that patient outcomes often do not meet expected or desired levels of improvement.

During this event, our faculty focus on advanced concepts that go far beyond the basics. Their guidance is 100% practical and ready for use in any primary care and mental health setting.

Reenergize your practice and apply new skills to:

  • Enhance how you use cognitive interventions
  • Address many specific comorbidities, such as sleep, cardiac and GI disorders
  • Use advanced psychopharmacology for all anxiety disorders and related conditions
  • Navigate medical conditions affected by anxiety, and vice versa
  • Improve outcomes for patients who have anxiety

This is an ideal event for all clinicians in primary care practices that treat patients who have anxiety. It is also ideal for psychiatrists, psychologists, nursing professionals, and others on their practice teams.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify rational, evidence-based pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies for patients with anxiety disorders.
  • Demonstrate the ability to discuss second- and third-line treatments following an unsuccessful first SSRI trial.
  • Discuss the developmental trajectories of anxiety.
  • Compare the assessment, psychopharmacology, and evidence-based psychotherapies for panic disorder, PTSD, OCD and related disorders, and somatoform disorders.
  • Review the course of medical conditions as they are affected by anxiety.
  • Recognize advanced CBT strategies and when to apply them.


Content and faculty subject to change.



8:00 - 8:10 AM

Introduction and Welcome
David H. Rubin, MD

Module 1: A Very Brief Review of the Basic Science of Anxiety

8:10 - 8:30 AM

The Neuroscience of Anxiety
Robert R. Althoff, MD, PhD

8:30 - 8:50 AM

Anxiety Across the Lifespan
David H. Rubin, MD

8:50 - 9:10 AM

Genetic and Environmental Contributions to Anxiety
Robert R. Althoff, MD, PhD

9:10 - 9:40 AM

Moderator: John B. Herman, MD
Panelists: Robert R. Althoff, MD, PhD, David H. Rubin, MD

9:40 - 10:00 AM


Module 2: Mastering the Core of CBT: Advanced Practice with Exposure and Cognitive Techniques

10:00 - 10:20 AM

Assessment and Phenomenology
Robert R. Althoff, MD, PhD

10:20 - 10:40 AM

Effective Use of Exposure: Novel use of an old tool
Aude Henin, PhD

10:40 - 11:00 AM

Novel Advanced Cognitive Techniques: Third Wave and Beyond
Susan Sprich, PhD

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Moderator: John B. Herman, MD
Panelists: Robert R. Althoff, MD, PhD, Aude Henin, PhD, Susan Sprich, PhD

11:30 - 12:30 PM


Module 3: Medical Comorbidity

12:30 - 12:50 PM

Management of Anxiety in Cardiac Care
Theodore A. Stern, MD

12:50 - 1:10 PM

CBT for Invasive Medical Interventions
Aude Henin, PhD

1:10 - 1:30 PM

Respiratory Illness and Anxiety
Theodore A. Stern, MD

1:30 - 1:50 PM

CBT for Management of Chronic Medical Conditions
Susan Sprich, PhD

1:50 - 2:10 PM

The Intersection of GI disorders and Anxiety _ A Way Forward
Theodore A. Stern, MD

2:10 - 2:50 PM

Moderator: John B. Herman, MD
Panelists: Theodore A. Stern, MD, Susan Sprich, PhD

2:50 - 3:10 PM


Module 4: Advanced Psychopharmacology

3:10 - 3:30 PM

Benzodiazepine: Are they all the same, are they all bad?
Jefferson B. Prince, MD

3:30 - 3:50 PM

Antidepressants: Advancing Past the Single SSRI Trial
David H. Rubin, MD

3:50 - 4:10 PM

Plans C, D, and E: Moving down the treatment algorithm for refractory anxiety
Jefferson B. Prince, MD

4:10 - 4:50 PM

Moderator: Robert R. Althoff, MD, PhD
Panelists: Jefferson B. Prince, MD, David H. Rubin, MD

4:50 PM

Adjourn for Day



8:00 - 8:10 AM

Introduction and Welcome
David H. Rubin, MD

Module 5: PTSD

8:10 - 8:30 AM

Psychopharmacology of PTSD
Robert R. Althoff, MD, PhD

8:30-8:50 AM

Aude Henin, PhD

8:50 - 9:20 AM

Moderator: John B. Herman, MD
Panelists: Robert R. Althoff, MD, PhD, Aude Henin, PhD

Module 6: Panic Disorder

9:20 - 9:40 AM

Psychopharmacology of Panic Disorder
Jefferson B. Prince, MD

9:40 - 10:00 AM

CBT for Panic Disorder
Aude Henin, PhD

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Moderator: John B. Herman, MD
Panelists: Jefferson B. Prince, MD, Aude Henin, PhD

10:30 - 10:50 AM


Module 7: OCD and Related Disorders

10:50 - 11:10 AM

Psychopharmacology of OCD
Lisa M. Zakhary, MD, PhD

11:10 - 11:30 AM

Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Lisa M. Zakhary, MD, PhD

11:30 - 11:50 AM

CBT for OCD and Related Disorders
Susan Sprich, PhD

11:50 - 12:10 PM

Trichotillomania, Skin Picking, Hoarding
Lisa M. Zakhary, MD, PhD

12:10 - 12:40 PM

Moderator: John B. Herman, MD
Panelists: Lisa M. Zakhary, MD, PhD, Susan Sprich, PhD

12:40 - 1:40 PM


Module 8: Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

1:40 - 2:00 PM

Somatic Symptom Disorder & Illness Anxiety Disorder
Theodore A. Stern, MD

2:00 - 2:20 PM

Assessment and Management of Sleep Disorders in the Context of Anxiety
Jefferson B. Prince, MD

2:20 - 2:40 PM

Conversion Disorder
Theodore A. Stern, MD

2:40 - 3:00 PM

CBT for Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
Susan Sprich, PhD

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Moderator: John B. Herman, MD
Panelists: Theodore A. Stern, MD, Jefferson B. Prince, MD, Susan Sprich, PhD

3:30 - 3:50 PM


Module 9: Enhancing Treatment Outcomes: Augmenting CBT

3:50 - 4:10 PM

Motivational Interviewing to Engage the Anxious Patient
Aude Henin, PhD

4:10 - 4:30 PM

Mindfulness and Relaxation
Susan Sprich, PhD

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Moderator: David H. Rubin, MD
Panelists: Aude Henin, PhD, Susan Sprich, PhD

5:00 PM



  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Pediatrics
    Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Psychiatry
    Director, Adirondack Division of Psychiatry
    Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
  • Co-Director, Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Associate Chief
    Trustee's Chair for Medical Psychiatry
    Department of Psychiatry
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Director of Child Psychiatry, North Shore Medical Center
    Staff, Child Psychiatry and Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinics, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Executive Director, Massachusetts General
    Hospital Psychiatry Academy
    Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Residency Training
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Director, Postgraduate Psychology Education, MGH Psychiatry Academy
    Director, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • Chief, Avery D. Weisman Psychiatric Consultation Service,
    Director, Office for Clinical Careers
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Ned H. Cassem Professor of Psychiatry in the field of
    Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation, Harvard Medical School
  • Co-Director of Psychopharmacology, MGH OCD and Related Disorders Program
    Director of Psychopharmacology, MGH Excoriation Clinic and Research Unit
    Massachusetts General Hospital

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Primary care and general practice physicians
  • Registered nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Social workers
  • Allied health professionals


MDs/Doctoral-Level Professionals
Super Early Bird Registration (on or before April 19, 2019): $595.00
Early Bird Registration (on or before July 13, 2019): $645.00
Regular Registration (after July 13, 2019): $745.00

Other Professionals or Trainees
Super Early Bird Registration (on or before April 19, 2019): $495.00
Early Bird Registration (on or before July 13, 2019): $545.00
Regular Registration (after July 13, 2019): $645.00


On or before September 27, 2019: $29.00
After September 27, 2019: $45.00

The conference syllabus is a printed book with all slide presentations and space to take notes adjacent to each slide.

As an alternative to purchasing a conference syllabus, we provide all attendees with completely free access to all slide presentations in digital PDF format prior to the conference. Free wi-fi is also available throughout the conference. This is an environmentally friendly alternative and helps keep costs lower for all attendees.

We may offer a limited supply of the conference syllabus for purchase on-site, however we cannot guarantee the price or availability. We highly recommend purchasing a syllabus in advance if you want one.

Cancellation Policy

A refund minus a $100.00 administrative fee will be issued for refund requests received by September 21, 2019. No refunds will be issued for refund requests made after September 21, 2019. Payments made may not be applied to future conferences or other educational activities. There are no exceptions to these policies.

***The deeply discounted Super Early Bird Registration rate is NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE and will not be refunded under any circumstances.


A limited number of rooms have been reserved at Disney's Contemporary Resort at a discounted rate starting at $299 (plus state and local taxes) per night. The rooms are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To book a room, please call (407) 824-1000 and specify that you are attending the Massachusetts General Hospital Anxiety Meeting 2019.

Attendees must book their stay by September 15, 2019 to receive the group rate.

Additional Live Conferences

We offer other live conferences on various facets of mental health in addition to the conference you are currently viewing.

View a full list of our mental health conferences

CME Information

Live Event Date: October 12, 2019 - October 13, 2019






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.50 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists CE Credit

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This offering meets the criteria for 14.75 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists.

This offering meeting the criteria for 14.50 Continuing Education (CE) credits per presentation for psychologists.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 14.50 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.


Social Workers

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers

This program has been approved for 14.50 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D80289-2.



Other Professions

This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRACategory1 CreditsTMassociated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRACategory1 CreditsTMmay or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of McLean Hospital that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. McLean Hospital has established policies in place that identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest (COI)

McLean Hospital has implemented a process to resolve COI for each CME activity. In order to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public, McLean Hospital has resolved the conflict by External Content Review.

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