Online Class: Social Anxiety 101

This course focuses on many common social anxieties people have and looks at the root causes of social anxiety as well as reviews several possible treatments to help alleviate social anxiety.

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Course Description

Social anxiety disorder is a mental health condition that affects millions of people all over the world. It can affect them in every aspect of their lives, often on levels that those unfamiliar with the condition realize. Living with social anxiety and helping others who have it requires you to have the proper knowledge to do so. This course will serve as an instructional guide for navigating life with social anxiety for those with social anxiety, their supporters, and their treatment providers. Some of the topics included in this course are:


  •  What Is Social Anxiety? Many people misunderstand what social anxiety is, even though it is one of the most common conditions in the United States. This course seeks to introduce people to the basics of social anxiety. From there, it will expand on aspects such as the differences between shyness and social anxiety and what conditions can a person also have that affects the condition.
  • The Causes of Social Anxiety - Social anxiety, despite what people may think, is a real condition that does have underlying causes as to why it develops. The causes for social anxiety are many, and the often explain why some people develop it and others don't. In the course, the different causes of social anxiety will be discussed, as well as how they can affect the condition later on.
  • How To Treat and Live with Social Anxiety - Living a normal life is possible when you have social anxiety. Extensive research into the condition and years of treating it have determined what works and what doesn't. This course will cover several different treatment options that are available for those with social anxiety. It will also discuss the tools and strategies that are at your disposal and how a person can use them to live with their social anxiety. 


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  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.9 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(448 votes)

Lesson 1: What Is Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety is often defined as a disorder where the person effected has fear of social situations, usually those that require interaction with others. Additional lesson topics: Social Anxiety Disorder: A Devastating Look Inside The Minds of Social Anxiety Disorder Sufferers; Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven, Step-by-Step Techniques for Overcoming your Fear; Social Anxiety Documentary: Afraid of People; The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free From The Shyness That Holds You Back 51 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Why this Course?
  • Assessment: Quiz 1

Lesson 2: Shyness and Social Anxiety

This lesson will delve into the similarities and differences between shyness and social anxiety, as well as the other labels and personality traits that are associated with both. Additional lesson topics: Introvert, Shy, Socially Anxious: What's the Difference?; How Well Do You Actually Understand Shyness, Introversion, and Social Anxiety?; What is the difference between being shy and an introvert?; Shy vs. Social Anxiety; The Several Differences Between Introversion and Social Anxiety 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 2

Lesson 3: The Causes of Social Anxiety

With the cause or causes of social anxiety, there is some debate and some misinformation about what the exact cause of social anxiety is. Additional lesson topics: 5 Myths About Social Anxiety Disorder; Causes Of Social Anxiety; Social Anxiety Disorder: Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis – Healthline 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 3

Lesson 4: Sensitivity and Social Anxiety

Understanding what is involved with sensitivity and sensitivity disorders can prove to be a valuable tool in understanding social anxiety. Additional lesson topics: Highly Sensitive People are More at Risk of Social Anxiety; BPD and High Sensitivity; Anxiety or Highly Sensitive? by Kathryn Pearson ; What causes and maintains social anxiety 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 4

Lesson 5: Social Anxiety and Rejection

With social anxiety, one of the fears that a person will develop is a fear of rejection. Additional lesson topics: Rejection, Why Does It Hurt So Much?; The pain of social rejection; Handling Rejection; Several Tips to Overcome the Fear of Rejection 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 5

Lesson 6: Creating Social Confidence

This lesson will go into detail about the value of social confidence and how it can be used by those with social anxiety. Additional lesson topics: How to Be Socially Confident; Confidence Tip; Improve your social confidence; How to Create Confidence and Generate Courage 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 6

Lesson 7: Knowing Who You Are

Knowing who you are, both as a person with social anxiety and simply as a person, can help you overcome your social anxiety. Additional lesson topics: Learning to Reflect More and Get to Know Yourself Better; How Well Do You Really Know Yourself?; How to Get to Know Yourself in Several Fool-Proof Steps; How to Know Yourself 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 7

Lesson 8: What You Can Do

There are options available for those with social anxiety, and being able to look at what those options are often makes a major difference in whether or not people actually act on them. Additional lesson topics: Social Anxiety Disorder Test; Screening for Social Anxiety Disorder; Test for Social Anxiety Disorder 45 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 8

Lesson 9: Taking Bold Action

Your social anxiety is not going to go away or change if you ignore it and hope for the best. Instead, taking bold action often will be the best thing that you can do. Additional lesson topics: 7 Techniques for Overcoming Social Phobia; Self-Help Strategies For Social Anxiety; How to Cure Social Anxiety Outside of Therapy; How to Cure Social Anxiety By Yourself in Several Steps 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 9

Lesson 10: Finding Inspiration

When you have social anxiety, inspiration can be as valuable as any other resource. Additional lesson topics: Need Inspiration? Here Are Several Ways to Find It; How to Get Inspired; How to Unleash Your Creativity and Find Inspiration Today!; Several Ways to Find Inspiration 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 10

Lesson 11: Web Resources

For those with social anxiety, the internet often is a valuable source of information and tools. Additional lesson topics: ADAA; Social Anxiety Institute; Social Anxiety Association; SAS 50 Total Points
  • Assessment: Quiz 11

Lesson 12: Blogs and Blogging

Blogs allow information to be presented in a more casual way, and reading a blog post can feel more like a conversation or letter than a formal article. Additional lesson topics: 6 Social Anxiety Disorder Blogs Worth Visiting 300 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Quiz 12
  • Assessment: Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what social anxiety is.
  • Recognize shyness and social anxiety.
  • Define the causes of social anxiety.
  • Summarize sensitivity and social anxiety.
  • Describe social anxiety and rejection.
  • Describe methods for creating social confidence.
  • Determine knowing who you are.
  • Describe what you can do to improve issues involving Social Anxiety.
  • Determine taking bold actions you can take to improve social anxiety issues.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Social Anxiety 101
Course Number: 9770479
Lessons Rating: 4.9 / 5 Stars (448 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: November 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I think this course was very helpful. It gave me the tools to create new goals for lessening my social anxiety." -- Cheyenne R.