"Build your social confidence": A social anxiety group for college students

Diana E. Damer, Kelsey M. Latimer, Sarah H. Porter

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Social anxiety, a common concern among college students, carries significant negative consequences. Group therapy is an efficient and cost-effective way to provide treatment, and cognitive-behavioral group therapy (CBGT; Heimberg & Becker, 2002) is the most widely researched and empirically supported treatment for persons with social anxiety disorder. In this article, a session-by-session description of a social anxiety group designed specifically for college students is presented. The protocol combines elements from Heimberg and Becker's CBGT model along with social skills training, Padesky's (1997) "assertive defense of the self" intervention, and an interpersonal process component.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-22
Number of pages16
JournalJournal for Specialists in Group Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • College students
  • Group therapy
  • Social anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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