Managing Social Anxiety: Strategies to Reduce Social Isolation and Increase Connection

Join us for this reward-eligible webinar, part of the monthly series of emotional well-being webinars presented by FEAP and Hoos Well, and co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost's Faculty Guide program.

Worries about being evaluated negatively by other people are common, and social anxiety is especially widespread now as many people find it challenging to feel comfortable in social situations after an extended period of social distancing. In this webinar, we’ll discuss strategies to help manage common concerns about being judged in social situations and ways to join social and work situations even when it feels challenging.

Learning objectives

  1. Gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that fuel social anxiety.
  2. Learn the steps to think in new ways about fears that others are evaluating you negatively.
  3. Understand how to reduce social withdrawal and avoidance to increase your connections and opportunities.

About your presenter

Bethany Teachman is a Professor and the Director of Clinical Training at the University of Virginia in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Teachman is Director of the public web sites MindTrails, a web-based research infrastructure that has offered digital interventions to reduce anxious thinking to thousands of visitors around the world, and Project Implicit Health, an educational web site that allows visitors to assess their implicit associations tied to mental and physical health topics. Dr. Teachman has been awarded an American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Early Career Award, multiple national mentoring awards, and she is a Fellow of multiple associations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Teachman was the inaugural Chair of the Coalition for the Advancement and Application of Psychological Science, and she received a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association.

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Register for webinar, October 24, 2023 at 3:30 pm