Course Description

The Role of Medicine for Anxiety: Useful Information for Clinicians

This is an advanced level of content, suitable for clinical social workers who have been in the field for several years. 

Webinar – Recorded – Available self-paced, to view at your convenience

CBT therapists need current information about medication for anxiety and OCD so we can help our clients make the best treatment choices.  This webinar, an overview from three psychiatrists,  covers medicine for adults, medicine for kids and adolescents, as well as medicine and addiction.  Learn current information about SSRI and SNRI medicines, including how to help your clients understand what to do about side-effects, the timeframe for establishing an effective dose of medicine, the usual duration of medication treatment for kids and adolescents, effective discontinuation, as well as problems with medication and addiction.   

Continuing Education:, ACE Provider Number 1637, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: (10/17/19 – 10/17/22). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.  Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hours


1. Medicine for Adults

  • Using medicine for Anxiety and OCD
  • Medicine is a first-line treatment for anxiety and OCD
  • CBT may work better with medicine added
  • Medicine may be preferred by a client
  • The medication approval process
  • FDA approval
  • Labeling
  • Off-label use
  • Antidepressants
  • SSIRI’s, SNRI’s
  • Establishing an effective dose
  • Handling side effects
  • How long to stay on medicine?
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Appropriate and inappropriate uses
  • Timeframe for use
  • Red flags for trouble
  • Other medicine categories
  • Buspar
  • Antipsychotics
  • Discontinuing medicine
  • Reasons
  • What to watch for

2. Medicine for Children and Adolescents

  • When to consider medicine
  • Be sure to evaluate a child’s level of suffering
  • Kids may not be meeting social / educational milestones
  • Extracurricular activities may be missing
  • Working with the treatment team
  • Specific FDA and NIH guidelines for choosing medicine for kids

3. Medication and Addiction

  • The biology of addiction
  • What is addiction?
  • What isn’t addiction?
  • Which medicines are addicting?
  • The role of drug testing in treatment
  • Evaluating addiction
  • Educating clients about addiction
  • Connect to 12-step programs

Course Fee:

$39.99 includes 1.5 hours of content, hand-outs, and continuing education credit. To receive CE credit, you must complete the webinar, answer the completion questions correctly, and complete a course evaluation. If you do not answer the questions correctly, review the materials and re-take the test. A CE certificate will be immediately emailed to you once you have completed the requirements. offers a complete, 100% refund if you are not completely satisfied with this course. Contact for refund information or with any other concerns about this course. 

Accommodations:  We are committed to making this course accessible to all.  Contact to request accommodations.  In some cases, documentation is request for review. 

Learning Objectives: After viewing this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain to clients the pros and cons of medication for anxiety
  • Name the different classes of medicines for anxiety
  • Create a treatment team that includes family, client and psychiatrist
  • Describe how parents can help evaluate their child’s need for medicine for anxiety
  • Formulate the potential for addiction in anxious clients

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C, C. DuPont M.D., A. Robb M.D., and R. DuPont M.D.

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker and Board approved supervisor. Trained as a cognitive behavioral therapist using exposure and response prevention for anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression, she has been in private practice for twenty-five years, working with children, adolescents and adults.Caroline DuPont, M.D.  is a psychiatrist specializing in adults with anxiety disorders. She received her psychiatric training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Dr. DuPont is Board-Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.  She conducted clinical research as the principal investigator for six years.  She now specializes in her private psychiatric practice. She is the author of numerous articles and several books on anxiety, and gives presentations about anxiety and depression. Adelaide Robb, M.D. is a child psycho pharmacologist with ongoing research studies in mood disorders, schizophrenia and post traumatic stress disorder. She is Chief of the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC.  Dr. Robb, who trained at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health, has been on the medical staff at Children's since 1996, rising to the rank of Professor (with tenure). She is an internationally known clinical researcher and has participated in and led multiple therapeutic trials for children with a variety of behavioral and psychiatric conditions.Robert DuPont, M.D. maintains an active practice of psychiatry specializing in addiction and the anxiety disorders and has been Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980.  A graduate of Emory University, Dr. DuPont received an M.D. degree in 1963 from the Harvard Medical School.  He completed his psychiatric training at Harvard and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  In 1978 he founded the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., a non-profit that promotes new ideas to reduce illegal drug use ( He has published 19 books and monographs and nearly 400 professional articles, mostly related to anxiety and addiction. From 1973 to 1978 he served as the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and in 1980 he was the founding President of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and was chairman of the Drug Dependence Section of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) from 1974-1979.   

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Part One: Medicine for Adults

    • Caroline DuPont, M.D.

    • The Role of Medicine for Anxiety in Adults

    • Resource List

    • Medicine Reference Quick Guide

  • 2

    Part Two: Medicine for Children and Adolescents

    • Adelaide Robb, M.D.

    • The Role of Medicine in Anxiety for Children and Adolescents

  • 3

    Part Three: Medicine and Addiction

    • Robert L. DuPont, M.D.

    • Medicine for Anxiety and Depression and Addiction

    • Cultural Competence

  • 4

    CE Questions /Webinar Evaluation

    • Completion Questions: The Role of Medicine for Anxiety

    • Webinar Evaluation rating key: 5 = Strongly agree 4 = Agree 3 = Unsure, no opinion, N/A 2 = Disagree 1 = Strongly disagree