The CE program Flying in the Comfort Zone offers information and treatment concepts that are relevant to the treatment of other anxiety disorders as well. These concepts include, “Therapeutic Learning,” “Active Relaxation,” and “Toxic Perception.” The theoretical foundation for these and other concepts are derived from cognitive psychology, extinction theory, the General Adaptation Syndrome of Hans Selye, psychoanalysis, and neuropsychology.
The program has an extensive history in that the clinical material and applications have been developed over a 28-year period at General Mitchell International Airport in a class titled “Overcoming Your Fear of Flying.” The class, which has partial public support, is the longest running of its type in the world.
The material is easy to use and apply by patient and therapist alike. In many cases, patients have purchased the book and taken it to their therapist to read and use adjunctly in their own therapy, or to explore their fear of flying where specialized help was not geographically available.