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Thesis

Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Anxiety Disorders in a Graduate Level Training Clinic

25 July 2011

Abstract

Anxiety Disorders rank among the most common and debilitating mental health diagnoses. Furthermore, the prevalence of presenting anxiety disorders has been found to be high in training clinics. While cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be the gold standard of treatments for anxiety disorders, little research has been done examining the effectiveness of CBT for anxiety disorders in a university training clinic. Even though training clinics are an excellent resource for collecting effectiveness research data, they are often underutilized for this purpose. The current study used a paired-samples t-test of pre- and posttest scores on a popular outcome measure to examine the effectiveness of CBT treatment for anxiety disorders in a training clinic. Results were significant and indicated that student clinicians are effective in treating anxiety disorders using CBT. A discussion of clinical implications of the research, limitations of the study, and future research is included.


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