Social Anxiety Course

Course Information

Introduction

People with social anxiety worry excessively about being negatively evaluated by others. They often also display physical symptoms of anxiety, like blushing, sweating, or shaking, in social situations, and worry that other people will judge them for these symptoms. As a result, people with social anxiety tend to avoid (or become incredibly anxious in) social situations or situations where they might be judged by others, such as parties, phone calls, group conversations or public speaking. Social anxiety is more than just shyness; it can be very disabling. Fortunately, internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy (iCBT) has been shown to be effective for social anxiety, in both the short- and long-term.

Who will find this course useful?

People who fear and avoid situations where they might be judged by other people.

Course duration

This course is self-paced, but is designed to be completed within 3 months. We recommend completing one lesson every week to make sure you get the most of your course. Initially you will be granted 90 days access, and upon completion of the course, you will be granted an extra 12 months access for practice purposes. Please note, there is a 5-day lockout period between lessons to encourage the revision of material.

How much will it cost?

The course cost A$59 for three months access. If completed within 90 days, you’ll receive further 12 months access for free to review all materials.

What type of support will I receive?

The amount of support you receive will depend on the way you choose to do this course. If your clinician prescribes it, they will receive updates on your wellbeing and progress. If you do the self-help, there is no external support available, as these delivery methods are designed to enhance motivation and self-reliance. However, provided you complete all six lessons, the results will be as good as with supervision.

What is Social Anxiety

Social anxiety (also called Social Anxiety Disorder) is a persistent, excessive fear of being judged negatively by other people. People with social anxiety worry about showing physical symptoms of anxiety, like blushing or sweating, and worry about acting in a way that will be seen as embarrassing or humiliating. People with social anxiety therefore either avoid social situations, or endure social situations with intense anxiety and distress.



How is the course structured?

Online Questionnaires

Our online questionnaires help to establish how you are feeling. Results from the questionnaires are then relayed back to your clinician after each lesson. If you are undertaking a self-guided course, you will be notified by THIS WAY UP via automatic emails if your scores indicate that you may need additional support.

Comic-Based Stories

Our lessons are in a comic-based format, where you can follow the journey of our characters, Jack and Kat, as they learn practical skills to combat social anxiety. They also learn how to maintain these skills, manage and reduce difficulties, and prevent their social anxiety symptoms from returning.

Coping Strategies

Each lesson is accompanied by a Lesson Summary, which provides more detail on the information presented in the lessons, as well as practice exercises for you to do, to really develop your new coping skills.

Extra Resources

This course also includes extra resources that might be helpful for people with social anxiety, such as conversation skills, how to boost your mood, practice assertiveness, or improve your public speaking abilities.

Online Calendar

Schedule your next lesson using our online calendar and we’ll send you reminders for your next lesson.

Lesson Information

What lessons will the course cover?

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Lesson 1

Social Anxiety Explained – Learn about how social anxiety affects you and how it can be treated.

Lesson 2

Tackling Avoidance – Understand how avoidance keeps anxiety going, and how anxiety can be overcome using exposure therapy.

Lesson 3

Troubleshooting Exposure – Review how exposure therapy is progressing and learn how to do behavioural experiments.

Lesson 4

Unhelpful Thinking Styles – Learn to identify unhelpful thinking styles.

Lesson 5

Thought Challenging and Social Skills – Challenge unhelpful thinking styles and learn about social skills.

Lesson 6

Relapse Prevention – Summarising the course and preventing relapses.

Evidence

Outcome

On average, most people benefit a little from each lesson completed. 80% of people who complete all lessons benefit substantially, 50% to the point of no longer being troubled by their symptoms. 20% do not benefit and will need to seek further assistance.

  • Benefited substantially

    80%
  • No longer troubled

    50%

 

Trial Results

We have done many Randomised Controlled Trials and the results have been replicated by independent scientists. We have also completed a large study of effectiveness in practice. The outcomes of these studies are very good.

References: Titov N et al, Randomized controlled trial of web-based treatment of social phobia without clinician guidance, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2009; Titov N et al, The Shyness Program: Longer Term Benefits, Cost-Effectiveness, and Acceptability, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2009; Titov N et al, An RCT comparing two types of support on severity of symptoms for people completing Internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy for social phobia, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2009; Titov N et al, Internet treatment for social phobia reduces comorbidity, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2009; Williams et al, The effectiveness of internet cognitive behaviour therapy (iCBT) for social anxiety disorder across two routine practice pathways, Internet Interventions, 2014

 

How Can I Study?

Choose to study supervised or unsupervised, on your mobile or desktop web browser.
Please choose carefully, as once you start on one platform, you are unable to change to another.

Supervised

  • Desktop Website
  • Clinician Supervised
  • Clinician Feedback
  • 3 Months Access
  • Available Worldwide
  • $59

Self Help – Web

  • Desktop Website
  • Unsupervised
  • Anonymous
  • 3 Months Access
  • Available in Australia
  • $59