The Social Anxiety Intervention Group.
CBT Based Social Anxiety Programme.
If you are interested in applying for a place on our programme you will need to do the following.
Write to us via email or surface mail (see contact details below). Please note that we have limited support services here. Emails and phone messages are attended to only once a week – currently Wednesdays. We would strongly suggest you use a private personal email account when contacting us.
Social Anxiety Ireland,
8 New Cabra Road,
Dublin 7, Ireland
So do be patient, if you do not receive an immediate reply. Rest assured, we will get back to you. However, if you do not receive a reply within 2 weeks PLEASE re contact us. Sometimes emails unfortunately do go astray.
Your letter should contain the following information:
- Your full name and address
- Your date of birth, contact telephone number – ideally a mobile number
- A brief account of what has led you to believe that you are experiencing Social Anxiety
- A brief account of the impact that Social Anxiety is having on your day-to-day functioning
Alternatively, Please use the following form to register for the Social Anxiety Group.
When we receive you letter of application your name will then be put on a waiting list. Applicants will be taken from this ‘self-referred’ list on a strictly first come first serve basis. While it is possible to say where somebody is on this waiting list it is very difficult to estimate with any great accuracy how long – in terms of time – it would be before one is offered a screening appointment.
The next step in the process is a screening interview. We tend to start screening for a suitable applicants approximate 12-14 weeks before the group is due to start. As already mentioned applicants are taken on a first serve first come basis (as far as possible) and screening continues until ten suitable applicants are identified. Screening allows us to determine if this programme is ‘suitable’ for potential applicants but is also provides the opportunity for applicants to ask questions and seek information about our programme.
We urge applicants to consider the commitment involved in attending our programme: 3 hours per week for fourteen week. Our programme operates a ‘closed’ group format – we start with ten and finish with the same ten people. Therefore, full attendance is extremely important for the healthy functioning of the group.
Suitable applicants are then offered a place on our programme. Currently we are offering 6 programmes a year. Individuals who successfully complete our programme are then invited to attend our follow-up support group, which meets twice a month on the first and third Wednesday of every month.
PLEASE let us know if you have changed any of your contact details – email address, mobile phone number or home address.
We try to restrict our communication with you to emails or texts. We will only use you home address as a lost resort. Please let us know if you do not want to receive any communication from us via regular mail to your home address. If you fail to respond to our emails / texts when we contact you for your screening appointment we will assume you no longer require our services and your name will be removed from our waiting list. So, do keep an eye on your emails / texts.
Since Feb 2016 Social Anxiety Ireland has establishing itself as a non-profit company (A Company limited by Guarantee). We submitted our application to the Charity Regulatory Authority (CRA) in January 2016 and are still awaiting for our application to be processed. We secured a years lease in February 1st 2016 in our current offices – 8 New Cabra Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7. This has placed greater demands on our funding income.
NB – None of our staff are paid, this includes the qualified clinical psychologist who runs our intervention programmes.
We therefore request a donation of 100 euro to cover the cost of the screening interview. This is NOT refundable. If you are deemed suitable for the group and offered a place then, we propose the following donations.
Unemployed (and living in independent accommodation) – no fee
Employed (and unemployed living with parents) = 300 euros
( We are happy to negotiate suggested donations on a one-to-one basis – we would like to ensure that cost is not a barrier to our treatment programme)
As soon as we achieve Charity status donations above 250 euros will be tax deductible. We intend to pursue all funding options in order to keep suggested donations at a minimum)
Donations over and above that suggested above will be warmly appreciated.
Applicants are also expected too purchase a copy of the book ‘Overcoming Shyness and Social Anxiety’ by Gillian Butler (Robinson publishers)
Rationale for Screening
The purpose of the assessment process is to ensure that potential participants have an active principal diagnosis of social anxiety disorder (SAD) or/and Avoidant Personality Disorder.
Please note in order to avoid potential disappointment. If your social anxiety has improved to normal levels of anxiety in social situations while you have been on our waiting list – due to successful therapy or medications – we will consider you inappropriate for our programme.
We only offer places in our group treatment programme to individuals with an active diagnosis of social anxiety.
You might want to use our on-line questionnaire again prior to accepting a screening appointment.
The criteria for a diagnosis of SAD is based on the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V; American Psychiatric Association, 2013). There are a number of clinical presentations that can be confused with social anxiety – e.g., body dysmorphic disorder – and so the screening process aims to clarify this.
Unfortunately, there are a number of situations that would exclude potential applicants from participating in our programme. These situations tend to result in difficulties for the individual concerns and for the group process as a whole. They represent exclusion criteria that are commonly applied for groups of this nature. So, before applying for our programme please consider the following.
- Are you actively suicidal?
- Are you engaged in active substance misuse?
- Do you have unstable bipolar disorder?
- Are you actively psychotic?
- Do you have active intrusive symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Potential applicants with a history of the above will be required to be stabilized for a minimum of 6 months prior to group start date.
Also, our programme is not suitable for individuals with learning difficulties.
Finally, fears of humiliation or embarrassment that are more related to a medical condition – e.g., acne, or another mental disorder, e.g., verbal outburst in Tourette’s, need to be identified and again excluded from the group.