Social Anxiety: An Integrative-Expressive CBT Approach for Cultivation of Social Efficacy & Self-Confidence



Social Anxiety: An Integrative-Expressive CBT Approach for Cultivation of Social Efficacy & Self-Confidence  

Thursday, November 7th, 2024

6:00pm to 8:00pm ET


Presenter: Reji Mathew, PhD, LCSW, REAT

NASW-NYS Members: $45

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $75

Non-Members: $90

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description

Social Anxiety is a significantly limiting anxiety disorder that impacts social functioning and social growth over the lifespan. For people with social anxiety disorder, daily social interactions trigger anxiety, fear, and self-consciousness. Like most anxiety disorders, persons with social anxiety disorder may be trapped in a cycle of anxiety and avoidance. 
Most progress over one’s life requires skillful social engagement – interviewing, networking, dating, or attending college. This unique course will offer an integrative – expressive approach to working through social fears through CBT Exposure therapy integrated with expressive techniques to help cultivate an authentic social style to engage with the world in a way that honors temperament and personal needs for solitude.

*PLEASE NOTE: Since this session is about social connection & social engagement with expressive exercises, attendees are requested to be on-camera for maximum benefit.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1.    Describe Social Anxiety Disorder within a cognitive behavioral framework.
2.    Explain individualized exposure hierarchies for clients specific to needs, temperament, and cultural/social context.
3.    Describe ways to apply cognitive, somatic, and expressive techniques in helping clients cultivate authentic social styles.

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Reji Mathew, PhD, LCSW, REAT is a N.Y. Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of direct clinical treatment experience. Reji is a clinical instructor of continuing education courses; she specializes in teaching evidence-based treatment approaches – DBT, CBT, ACT, CFT, Positive Psychology, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness. Reji is a frequent instructor at NYU - SSW, and NASW. They have also taught at Hunter College and Brooklyn OHEL Institute for Training. Reji is an Integrative cognitive behavioral therapist. She incorporates many strategies within a skill-oriented therapeutic approach. Reji is both Neuroscience and Trauma-Informed. Reji also has a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. Supervision sessions will include training & teaching on a wide variety of current evidence-based strategies. She offers affordable supervision & mental health training for individuals, educational, and clinical settings. I am also an ARTS advocate. Reji arts advocacy work includes freelance health journalism and graphic design artistry. Reji is currently completing certification to be a REAT (Registered Expressive Arts Therapist) Please see Reji's website for her visual arts project on “Positivity, Hope & The Art of Pause.” (Website:  


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November 7th, 2024 from  6:00 PM to  9:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $45.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $75.00
Non-Member $90.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00
Information for Certificates
Presenter(s) Reji Mathew, PhD, LCSW, REAT
Instruction Method Live Webinar
Total Contact Hours/CEUs Awarded 3.0