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Understanding & Treating Clinical Perfectionism

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Understanding and Treating Clinical Perfectionism

PRESENTER: Dr Sanjay Rao, Associate Professor of Psychiatry University of Ottawa

Professor Martin M. Antony, PhD, FRSC


Clinical perfectionism is a tendency to hold standards for oneself or others that are unreasonably high and overly rigid and to measure one’s worth almost entirely based on whether these standards are met. It is a transdiagnostic construct associated with a wide range of psychological problems, including depression, anxiety and related disorders, and others. This workshop provides an overview of problem perfectionism, and practical strategies for assessing and treating this problem, with an emphasis on cognitive strategies, exposure-based strategies, and acceptance-based strategies. Techniques are based on a number of recent sources, including the presenter’s evidence-based self-help guide, When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough (Antony & Swinson, 2009) and a therapist manual written by the presenter and colleagues, Cognitive Behavioural Treatment of Perfectionism (Egan, Wade, Shafran, & Antony, 2014).

The session begins with an overview of problem perfectionism, including definitions of perfectionism, descriptive models of perfectionism, and information on the factors that are believed to cause and maintain perfectionism (including a cognitive-behavioural model). Next, the assessment of perfectionism will be discussed, including self-report scales, interview methods, and behavioural assessment approaches. Most of the presentation will focus on the treatment of perfectionism. Participants will learn about the latest research on treating perfectionism, as well as step-by-step strategies that they can use with their clients. They will learn about strategies for challenging the client’s double standards, overgeneralization, selective attention, and other cognitive biases. Strategies such as behavioural experiments, Socratic questioning, and related methods will be discussed. Participants will also learn about behavioural strategies for treating perfectionism and related disorders, including exposure, reducing the use of safety behaviours, behavioural activation, and integrating mindfulness and acceptance-based methods into treatment. Strategies for dealing with various treatment challenges, including ambivalence about treatment, will be reviewed. Strategies will be illustrated using video recorded vignettes.


  1. Describe the nature of perfectionism, including definitions, causes, and correlates

  2. Describe strategies for assessing perfectionism

  3. Describe cognitive and behavioral strategies for treating perfectionism


Dr Martin M. Antony is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University, clinical lead for the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program, and president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Previously, he was founding director of both the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic and the Psychology Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and previously served as president of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has published over 30 books and over 250 scientific articles and chapters in areas related to cognitive behaviour therapy, anxiety-related disorders, and perfectionism. He has given more than 425 presentations to audiences across four continents, and has been interviewed, featured, or quoted more than 450 times in various print, radio, television, and online media outlets, including CBC, CNN, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, New York Times, Washington Post, Scientific American Mind, and many others.


  • Overview of perfectionism

  • Descriptive models of perfectionism

  • Perfectionism-related disorders

  • Pathways to perfectionism and related disorders

  • Assessment of perfectionism and related disorders

  • Introduction to CBT for perfectionism and related disorders

  • Emerging research on CBT for perfectionism

  • Case formulation

  • Cognitive strategies

  • Behavioral strategies

  • Mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies

  • Enhancing treatment motivation




50% discount for Holiday Season 2019 till 26th December 2019

Registration Fee: $325 +HST | Early Bird Fee: $275.00 +HST (Ends April 13th 2020)

Student/CMHA Rate:$250.00 +HST

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