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(p. 205) Dealing With Clinicians’ Fears About Using Exposure 

(p. 205) Dealing With Clinicians’ Fears About Using Exposure
(p. 205) Dealing With Clinicians’ Fears About Using Exposure

Carolyn Black Becker

, Nicholas R. Farrell

, and Glenn Waller

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date: 25 February 2020

In addition to the institutional barriers to exposure that are often present in higher levels of care for eating disorders, there are also clinician-level barriers that need to be addressed across clinical settings. In particular, there is a well-documented tendency for clinicians to endorse concerns about the safety and tolerability of exposure therapy, and these concerns are unfortunately predictive of suboptimal delivery of the treatment. This chapter provides guidance for clinicians in effectively navigating their concerns, with remedial strategies pulled from empirical research on reducing clinician concerns about exposure-based therapy. Clinical supervisors are also encouraged to be mindful of the potential for their own concerns about exposure to negatively influence their supervisory style.

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