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Workshop: Treating Arachnophobia
Sat. 25 March 2017, 9:45 am – 1:00 pm AEDT
Calling all arachnophobes! Take part in a half-day workshop with clinical psychologist Dr Sophie Li to start putting your fear of spiders behind you. Using cognitive behavioural therapy, including controlled exposure, and live demonstrations, the workshop will lead you through the process of confronting and overcoming your fears.
Imagine encountering a spider without feeling the urge to escape, even feeling calm and confident?
If this seems impossible for you, you’re not alone. Millions of otherwise rational people are terrified of spiders. Spiders can inspire panic, sweating, nausea, rapid heartbeat and more.
Arachnophobes are invited to participate in this specially-designed workshop run in conjunction with Australian Museum’s hugely popular Spiders exhibition.
Step through a series of simple and effective exercises in a safe and supportive environment. Participate in group activities, observe demonstrations and finally move to small-group “spider stations” for controlled exposure designed to help you face and conquer your phobia once and for all.
In this workshop you will:
- be introduced to the rationale behind cognitive behavioural and exposure therapies;
- identify your own thoughts and beliefs about spiders;
- learn factual information about spiders and their safe handling;
- observe their simple, safe handling;
- complete exposure tasks yourself in a nurturing and supportive environment; and
- leave with a maintenance plan for any future spider interactions and for managing your own anxiety.
Tickets include free entry to the Night Talk on Thursday 23 March, “Should we fear spiders?”
COST $129 general public, $119 concession, $109 members, includes free ticket to “Should We Fear Spiders?” night talk on March 23.
A member of the workshop’s psychology-research team will contact you before the event to invite you to partiipate in a research study – participation is entirely voluntary.
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