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Anxiety and Panic Disorder: Expressive and Mindfulness-Based Interventions
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Are you looking for new ways to help your clients combat anxiety? Do you have clients who are having difficulty identifying their triggers, or struggling to verbalize their feelings? In this program Dianne Taylor Dougherty, MS, CAGS, LPCS, will fill up your therapeutic toolbox with creative, evidence-based expressive therapy interventions that will help you disarm skeptical and resistant clients. You don’t have to be a skilled artist, writer or musician to incorporate these strategies. Dianne will provide you with tips and goals you can use the very next day!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to assess anxious habits, symptoms, and behaviors and stop the “anxiety spiral” in the first session! Discover how combining new, Expressive Therapy Techniques with CBT and MBSR can help treat even the most resistant anxiety symptoms. Experience how these evidence-based treatment strategies can improve problem solving, reduce stress and increase awareness and energy. You’ll see how the powerful interventions taught in this program will transform the lives of your clients and improve the care you provide!
  1. Explore the inverse relationship between anxiety and problem solving; utilize cognitive and expressive therapy tools to integrate problem solving skills into the client’s treatment plan.
  2. Implement treatment strategies to help clients self-intervene in fight, flight, or freeze states and dissociative symptoms.
  3. Utilize clinical strategies derived from expressive therapies to reduce anxious symptoms and increase energy and awareness in clients.
  4. Apply mindfulness skills, including mindful labeling and observation, to treat symptoms of anxiety and panic disorder.
  5. Evaluate the clinical presentation of anxiety and panic to improve client assessment and treatment planning.
  6. Develop clinical skills to address treatment-resistant issues, including perfectionism, subjugation and procrastination.

Anxiety and Panic: Assessment and Diagnostic Considerations
  • DSM-5® classification of anxiety disorders
  • Differential diagnosis and isomorphic conditions
  • Assessment tips for ambiguous presentations
  • Dangers of misdiagnosis
Neuroscience of Anxiety and Panic
  • Nexus between trauma and onset of anxiety disorders
  • Heritability and brain function
  • The role of neuroplasticity in treatment and healing
  • Pharmacological considerations
Clinical Tools: Evidence-Based Interventions to Calm the Anxious Mind
  • 7 first-session techniques for immediate symptom reduction
  • How to incorporate the expressive arts and MBSR interventions into your treatment plan
  • The 5 essential steps for healing
  • Neuroaesthetics: Look for objective facts in subjective places
  • How to utilize low skill/high sensitivity exercises to access information
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Improve client self-talk and problem solving, decrease rumination
  • Limitations of using CBT alone for anxiety disorders
  • How to incorporate expressive therapies along with CBT and other modalities
  • How to use “reading therapy” with anxious clients
  • What the research tells us about the benefits of bibliotherapy
  • Recommendations and guidance for getting started
Art, Writing, Drawing
  • Creative tools for helping clients move through emotions
  • How to “decode” symbols, stories and metaphor
  • Neuroaesthetics: Looking for objective facts in subjective places
Movement-Based Interventions
  • Activate clients’ inner healing processes
  • Neurophysiology of movement
  • Increase energy and awareness
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • 3 MBSR techniques to use right away
  • Mindful labeling and observation
  • Reduce tension, stress and acute reactive response to anxiety
Clinical Considerations
  • Who is a good candidate for expressive therapies?
  • Engaging the skeptical client
  • Tips for the clinician who “isn’t creative”
  • Multicultural factors
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Dianne Taylor Dougherty, MS, CAGS, LPCS, has over 20 years in private psychotherapy practice with a concentration in anxiety and depression. She is the author of two works on the subject: AT EASE: Treating Anxiety Disorders and Priming the Pump: Expressive Writing for Anxiety and Depression. Dianne embraces an asset-based philosophy to treatment which incorporates CBT, Rational Emotive, Mindfulness, and Expressive Arts therapies to promote individual healing. Dianne is also a certified practitioner of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, having received training from Duke Integrative Medicine in this modality.

In addition to her anxiety work, Dianne teaches nationally and internationally on the topics of Expressive Arts in Therapy, Clergy Sexual Abuse, Trauma Recovery and more. She is the author of Treating Divorce as Trauma© (2001); Multidisciplinary Treatment for Clergy Sexual Abuse© (2005); The Creative Personal: A Guide for Mental Health Counselors to Incorporate the Expressive Arts in Therapy© (2009); Priming the Pump: Expressive Writing for Health and Well-being© (2013).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dianne Taylor Dougherty is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Dianne Taylor Dougherty is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association; and North Carolina Counseling Association.
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.

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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.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CCAPP): PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CCAPP-EI, Provider #: OS-03-036-1021. This activity meets the qualifications for 6.0 CEH's (continuing education hours).

This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

California Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PES010. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

California Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

California Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Educational Psychologists: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs. A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at under “Where to find CE Courses.” This intermediate level activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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