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212: Wolves, Werewolves, and War Rooms: Assessing and Treating Various Sources of Anxiety

Clark Campbell, Ph.D.
Biola University
13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90639

Donell Campbell, M.S.
Biola University
13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90639

Anxiety is a common malady in our society, and it is frequently seen in counseling practices. Anxiety expresses itself in different ways in clients, and the symptoms can be both distressing and debilitating. Historically, the sources of anxiety have been identified as realistic, neurotic, and moral. These various sources of anxiety lead to common symptoms that are expressed as disorders. This presentation will focus on the sources of anxiety, with particular attention to moral anxiety. This source of anxiety may be particularly relevant to work with Christian clients, and it may be best understood as moral dissonance. Parallels between cognitive dissonance and moral dissonance will be drawn.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
• Describe the main types of anxiety and the symptoms and subjective experience related to each type
• Identify the primary sources of anxiety to aid in differential diagnosis and treatment for psychologists and licensed mental health professionals
• Identify some parallels between moral dissonance and cognitive dissonance and learn basic intervention skills to assist clients in achieving some mastery over their anxiety

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