This 18-week course helps to prepare mental health professionals to work with clients experiencing Illness Anxiety Disorder. Using the Cognitive-Behavioural Model, Participants will examine and understand the current DSM-V diagnostic criteria for Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders and how it differs from the DSM-IV criteria and the rationale for changes.
Participants will learn to reflect on their personal responses to clients who, despite frequent use of health care services, are rarely reassured and often feel that their treatment is inadequate. They will examine on the degree of distress experienced by IAD clients and the amount of dysfunction in their lives due to their symptoms, and the common responses they often receive from the health care community. They will understand the Cognitive Model of Health Anxiety, including the following factors: Beliefs about being ill (probability, cost, coping, and rescue); Bodily variations and medical information; Physiological arousal; Mood changes (anxiety/depression); and Reassurance Seeking (checking, and other specific safety seeking behaviours). They will engage in the goals of the course and meet criteria for successful outcomes.