Seminar Detail

Interventions for Generalized Anxiety and Panic Disorders: Taming the Dragon

Monday, April 28, 2014 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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Course Description:

The emphasis of this program is on empowering the patient – from the moment they enter their first session – to master anxiety on a minute-to-minute level, not just when a crisis hits. Using a mixture of cognitive training, dialectical behavioral techniques, tactile relaxation methods and auditory and physical relaxation cues, you will learn how to help patients obtain immediate relief from anxiety symptoms. You will also assess your personal level of anxiety and understand how this impacts patient learning.

Using humor and simple tactics, you will discover practical, accessible and effective treatment techniques for managing anxiety. Strategies are easily applied to any age group, with an emphasis on what works best for each. You will quickly feel more productive in working with even the most difficult barriers and coaching your patients to challenge the anxiety response in the home, at school, at work and even while out in public.

You will receive a practical resource manual, which includes:
  • A comprehensive diagram portraying the physiological symptoms of anxiety
  • A chart listing potential medical conditions complicating the diagnosis of anxiety
  • Sample behavioral chain to illustrate catastrophic thinking
  • A comparison chart of daily, adverse, and systemic anxiety along with potential responses
  • Self-assessment anxiety form for the practitioner
  • Formatted daily self-help anxiety form & anxiety log for patient use
  • Lists of strategies to redirect sensory stimuli, activities to aid with stress management & kinetic exercises to manage anxiety

  1. Identify the physical response of the body to anxiety triggers, including common medical ailments that are impacted by these responses.
  2. Distinguish daily, adverse and acute anxiety in regard to normalizing the experiences for your patient.
  3. Demonstrate techniques to your patient that can reduce anxiety quickly and build mastery for the patient.
  4. Utilize cognitive behavioral practices and dialectical behavioral tactics to manage anxiety and catastrophic thinking.


Dawn DePasquale, MA, LMHC, is the founder, CEO and clinical director of Bell Mental Health Associates in Swansea, Massachusetts. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology through the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, a program approved by the American Psychological Association (APA). Because of her effectiveness in the area of panic cessation, Ms. DePasquale is the practitioner of choice for local emergency rooms when handling “heart attack” victims who are in fact experiencing severe panic. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including state programs, the criminal justice system, mental health hospitals and private practice in order to get a better understanding of the various populations treated as well as the barriers they face in attaining the help that they need. Her philosophy is that everyone is an individual needing specific care tailored to their current needs, wants and hopes, and she is an eclectic therapist who relies heavily on cognitive and dialectical behavioral techniques.

Ms. DePasquale is a featured mental health expert for WSAR 1480 AM radio and a weekly contributor as the divorce, parenting and mental health expert for the website, She produces a monthly blog for her company website,, titled The Comfy Couch.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dawn DePasquale is the founder, CEO, and Clinical Director of Bell Mental Health Associates. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Dawn DePasquale is a contributor for and a mental health expert for WSAR 1480 AM.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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