Lehrstuhl für Psychologie I - Biologische Psychologie, Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie

Dissemination of exposure treatment

Exposure-based treatments are the first line treatments for anxiety and related disorders. Yet, research consistently shows that exposure-based interventions are rarely utilized in routine care (e.g., see Pittig & Hoyer, 2017). For a long time, dissemination strategies focused on training therapist in evidence-based interventions. However, these training efforts were found to not suffice for a comprehensive transfer into routine care. Our lab examines dissemination barriers on multiple levels, such as systemic barriers, practicability, or therapists’ beliefs, to understand what strategies beside training of techniques may be useful to disseminate exposure therapy.


Exemplary publications:

Pittig, A., Kotter, R., & Hoyer, J. (2019). The struggle of behavioral therapists with exposure: Self-reported practicability, negative beliefs, and therapist distress about exposure-based interventions. Behavior Therapy, 50, 353-366. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2018.07.003

Pittig, A. & Hoyer, J. (2017). Exposition aus Sicht niedergelassener Verhaltenstherapeutinnen und Verhaltenstherapeuten: Anwendung und systemische Barrieren. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 46, 223-235. doi: 10.1026/1616-3443/a000441

Richter, J., Pittig, A., Holland, M., & Lüken, U. (2017). Bridging the gaps between basic science and cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders in routine care: Current status and future demands, Zeitschrift für Psychologie [Journal of Psychology], 225, 252-267. doi: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000309