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Table 1 Session content for the SAD internet-based self-help program

From: Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of an unguided, internet-based self-help intervention for social anxiety disorder in university students: protocol of a randomized controlled trial

Session Intervention content
Session 1
Motivational enhancement
Reasons to initiate change, defining goals and recoding introspection of difficult social situations with help of an anxiety protocol
Session 2
Information on SAD and maintaining factors such as negative thoughts, safety behaviors and self-focused attention
Development of an individual model for SAD
Session 3
Cognitive restructuring
Identification and modification of negative thoughts (dysfunctional assumptions) with the help of a thought diary
Session 4
Fear of positive (social) evaluation
Information about FPE (examples and explanatory models)
Identifying FPE using a diary
Recognizing the devaluation of own achievements, the benefit and the risks of positive evaluation using a diary
Endorsing positive evaluations and emotions applying a self-compassion-interventions
Session 5
Self-focused attention
Various exercises to reduce self-focused attention
Session 6
Behavioral experiments
Planning and conducting in-vivo exposures
Session 7
Summary and revision
Summary of the key elements of the training
Highlighting the importance of revising the exercises (e.g. in-vivo exposure)
Session 8
Healthy lifestyle and problem solving
Information about healthy lifestyle (e.g. sports, nutrition)
Conveying problem solving skills
Session 9
Relapse prevention
Strategies to maintain the acquired skills
Preparing for possible relapses