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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Self-Administration of In Vivo Exposure for Treatment of Snake Phobia: A Case Study

One of the most successful treatments for specific phobias in humans is in vivo exposure with response prevention. In this treatment, the phobic person creates a list of exposure levels, from those considered mildly upsetting to those which are extremely upsetting. She is then exposed to these levels (from mild to upsetting) in a series of sessions. The techniques of relaxation, counterconditioning, and/or cognitive restructuring are used to help the person overcome fear experienced at each level, thus preventing escape. The person must be symptom free at one level in order to progress to the next level. A case study will be presented in which a woman successfully overcame a snake phobia using this technique.

Presenters: Jennifer Michels (Undergraduate Student)
Jennifer Michels (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 107 Holmes
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)