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Note: This research trial has now concluded however we are continuing to offer the program through our private psychologists and training program - the details of this option will be available in the new year.  Please contact the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic on (02) 9850-8711 to find out more.

What does the program involve?

This is a highly effective 12 week group treatment program. This program has been developed through our research unit over the past decade and includes innovative treatment techniques that have been shown to be superior to commonly used treatment approaches. You will also complete three individual sessions prior to commencing the group treatment program. The total time commitment for the group program is 15 weeks.

Each group consists of between six and eight participants, and is led by a therapist with specialist skills in clinical psychology and the treatment of social phobia. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a program that continues to research ground-breaking methods for maximising people’s success in overcoming their social anxiety.

How do I get involved?

Step 1:  Before you come in to our clinic an intake officer will conduct a short telephone interview with you to briefly discuss your current concerns.

Step 2: If we feel that one of our programs may be able to help you we will arrange an initial assessment interview with one of our clinicians. The assessment session will take approximately 2.5 hours and will be held in our clinic rooms at Macquarie University. This assessment will involve discussing your current concerns as well as related emotional and physical health problems. At the end of the assessment you and the clinician will make a decision about whether you will participate in the program. If it is decided that our treatments will not provide you with the required help we will arrange a suitable referral for you.

Step 3: If you decide to join our programs, you will be contacted by someone from our research team who will inform you of the start dates for treatment. Please be aware that there may be a wait of 3-6 weeks before your program commences. The social anxiety group program runs over 15 weeks. This includes 3, 1-hour individual sessions one evening a week, followed by 12 group sessions on the same evening (6-8:30pm). 

What follow-up is involved after the program?

You are asked to attend 2 individual follow-up sessions after the end of the program so that we can assess how you are going. We will also ask you to complete some more questionnaires at these times. The follow-up sessions are free of charge and are completed in the month after following the group and 6 months after treatment.

Who do I talk to if I want to know more?

If you have any further questions, please contact the Emotional Health Clinic on (02) 9850 8711, an intake officer will then be in contact to discuss your situation further.

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