Seminar Detail

Rewire the Anxious Brain: Neuroscience-Informed Treatment of Anxiety, Panic and Worry
Rewire the Anxious Brain: Neuroscience-Informed Treatment of Anxiety, Panic and Worry

Where:   SPRINGFIELD, MA

When:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Seminar Description:

Join neuroscience and anxiety expert, Dr. Kristina Hallett, and learn her keys for successful anxiety treatment. Dr. Hallett integrates brain-based strategies for calming the anxious mind with client communication techniques that motivate change in your clients. Kristina’s approach promotes adherence to treatment and strengthens the therapeutic alliance - which is essential when working with anxious, worried, traumatized, or obsessive clients.

Dr. Hallett will give you proven tools and techniques to:

  • Identify and treat the roots of anxiety in both the amygdala and the cortex
  • Explain “the language of the amygdala” in an accessible, straight forward way
  • Identify how the cortex contributes to anxiety, and empower clients with strategies to resist anxiety-igniting cognitions
Register today for this transformational workshop and put the power of neuroplasticity to work for you and your anxious clients!
Objectives:

  1. Ascertain the underlying neurological processes that impact anxious symptoms in clients.
  2. Develop client engagement in treatment using personalized goals and attending to the therapeutic relationship.
  3. Evaluate the differences between amygdala-based and cortex-based anxiety symptoms and identify how these symptoms inform treatment interventions.
  4. Communicate strategies for calming and training the amygdala in order to alleviate symptoms of anxiety.
  5. Implement methods for teaching clients to retrain the cortex so that anxiety is resisted rather than exacerbated.
  6. Analyze how psychotropic medication impacts neuroplasticity in the brain; identify related treatment implications.
OUTLINE

Use Neuroscience in the Treatment of Anxiety
Positives:
  • We know more about anxiety-based disorders than any other disorders
  • Science gives explanations, evidence, authority, destigmatizes difficulties
Concerns:
  • It can be difficult to explain, answer questions
  • Clients may feel a lack of responsibility
  • Oversimplification is inevitable
Enhancing Engagement in Treatment
  • Don’t neglect the therapeutic relationship!
  • Address the challenges of anxious clients
  • Remember that strategies are effortful
  • Guide the process using client’s goals
  • Maintain motivation
Neuroplasticity
  • Define Neuroplasticity in everyday language
  • Therapy is about creating a new self
  • ”Rewiring” as an accessible concept for change
  • Re-consolidation: the modification of emotional memories
Identify Two Neural Pathways to Anxiety
  • Amygdala – bottom-up triggering of emotion, physicality of anxiety
  • Cortex – top-down emotion generation based in cognition
  • Explain the two pathways to clients
  • How anxiety is initiated in each pathway and how pathways influence each other
Client Friendly Explanations
  • Use illustrations to create concrete understanding
  • Fight/flight/freeze responses
  • The “language of the amygdala”
  • Anxiety and the cortex
  • Help clients recognize the two pathways to anxiety
Neuroplasticity in the Amygdala (Essential for all Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, OCD, Depression)
  • Sleep and the amygdala
  • The influence of exercise
  • Breathing techniques to reduce activation
  • Relaxation, meditation, and yoga to modify responses
  • Exposure as opportunities for the amygdala to learn
  • Combatting avoidance
  • When anxiety indicates that the amygdala can learn new responses
  • Push through anxiety to change the amygdala
Neuroplasticity in the Cortex (Essential for GAD, SAD, OCD, PTSD, Depression)
  • ”Survival of the busiest” principle – strengthen or weaken specific circuitry
  • The healthy (adaptive) use of worry in the cortex
  • ”You can’t erase: You must replace”
  • Recognize and modify the impact of uncertainty
  • Training correct uses of distraction
  • Left hemisphere techniques – cognitive defusion, coping thoughts, fighting anticipation
  • Right hemisphere techniques – imagery, music
  • Mindfulness and anxiety resistances
Neuroplasticity and Medications for Anxiety Disorders, OCD, PTSD, Depression
  • Medication’s effects in the rewiring process
  • The myth of the chemical imbalance
  • The danger of sedating the brain with benzodiazepines
  • Promoting neuroplasticity with SSRIs, SNRIs
  • The effectiveness of CBT and meds
Moving Beyond Diagnostic Categories to Focus on Anxiety Pathways
  • Anxiety is a component of many diagnoses (depression, substance abuse, etc.)
  • Amygdala – and cortex-based techniques help in other disorders
  • Targeting brain-based symptoms rather than disorders
  • Worry, obsessions, rumination respond to similar cortex-based techniques
  • Panic, phobic responses, and compulsions respond to amygdala-based techniques

KRISTINA HALLETT, PHD, ABPP

Kristina Hallett, Ph.D., ABPP, is a licensed board-certified clinical psychologist, speaker, and professor. She works for Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, where she is an associate professor in the graduate psychology department, as well as the coordinator of Clinical Training for the Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Dr. Hallett has a private practice in Suffield, Connecticut, where she specializes in the treatment of dissociative disorders, trauma, women’s issues and working with adolescents and young adults. Dr. Hallett is an expert in the field of positive psychology. She employs the tenets of positive psychology in all of her work settings, as well as in her personal life. In addition to her clinical work and teaching, she offers training, consultation and supervision to therapists on working with complex clinical presentations.

Dr. Hallett’s clinical experiences have spanned a broad range of settings, including child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community mental health clinics, medium and maximum-security correctional institutions and her current work at Bay Path University. She has a passion for assisting others in living their best life and has provided numerous trainings and workshops on the integration of positive psychology techniques and interventions into everyday life. She is devoted to teaching and engaging with health and mental health professionals to promote high quality clinical services within the greater context of professional self-care.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kristina Hallett is an associate professor of psychology and coordinator of clinical training at Bay Path University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Kristina Hallett is a member of the American Psychological Association.
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