Begin your recovery – Attend a workshop!

A workshop is a safe, structured program to help you begin to recover from paruresis. Much of what happens involves relearning how to urinate in the presence of others.

Many people report that they were nervous before the workshop and quite reluctant to sign up, but after the first few hours wondered why they hadn’t sought help for their paruresis earlier. The fearful feelings are normal, so don’t worry too much about them, just bring them with you to the workshop and anticipate meeting a group of people just like yourself. You’ll feel at ease right away.

At the beginning of each workshop (Friday night), participants share, often for the first time, their stories of what it has been like living with paruresis. This usually proves to be a very cathartic experience, as people realize that they are not the only person in the world who suffers from this anxiety disorder.

The sessions on Saturday and Sunday involve three things:

  1. Information sharing by the workshop facilitator and sometimes an assistant;
  2. Practice sessions involving graduated exposure exercises, usually with one or two other people (people always practice at a level that feels comfortable and that will ensure success); and
  3. Group sharing about what the practice experience was like. For more information about graduated exposure and what that entails, see our Overview of Bashful Bladder page.

A typical workshop schedule:

Friday 7 pm - 10 pm

Introductions
Sharing Our Stories
Workshop Overview
Constructing Behavioral Hierarchies
Thinking and Feeling Inside the Black Box

Saturday 9 am – 5 pm

Historical Overview of Paruresis
Behavioral (graduated exposure) approach to treating paruresis
Setting up the Buddy System
Graduated exposure exercises: Rounds 1-4
Debriefing
Questions and Answers
The International Paruresis Association

Sunday 9 am – 2 pm

Questions and Answers
Graduated exposure exercises: Rounds 5-7
Where do you Go from here?
Wrap up and Evaluation

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