Seminar Detail

The Ten Best-Ever Anxiety Treatment Techniques: Updated Strategies to Help Even the Most Challenging Clients
The Ten Best-Ever Anxiety Treatment Techniques: Updated Strategies to Help Even the Most Challenging Clients

Where:   DEDHAM, MA

When:  Friday, October 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Helping your clients overcome anxiety is challenging. You’ve tried the common techniques but aren’t confident you applied them correctly and worse, your client is still struggling. If you’re feeling frustrated and unsure of what to do next? Then don’t miss this opportunity! International trainer & author Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg will teach you the 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Techniques and help you master:
  • Applying the techniques with difficult cases
  • Using the techniques with different age groups
  • Treating clients with co-morbid diagnosis
  • Options to use with groups and individuals that work in every clinical population
  • Applying the neuroscience of memory reconsolidation and the default mode network to create successful exposure therapies and reduce rigid, anxious thought process
This fresh approach will give you a complete set of tools to work with anxiety symptoms. You’ll learn what the latest research has proven and you’ll be confident that you can apply these techniques in clinical practice. Most importantly, Margaret’s pragmatic approach will provide you with practical strategies you can immediately use with all clients.
Objectives:
  1. Articulate the neurobiological causes of panic, generalized anxiety and social anxiety and clarify how this information directs treatment decisions and improves treatment compliance.
  2. Implement strategies for stress management to reduce symptoms of anxiety in clients, including lifestyle changes, cognitive interventions and time management tools.
  3. Model effective use of diaphragmatic breathing techniques for physiological modulation in the treatment of anxiety.
  4. Communicate how the process of memory reconsolidation can be utilized to reduce reactivity to trauma cues, including shame trauma that trigger social anxiety or panic attacks and sets up effective exposures to promote rapid recovery.
  5. Integrate specific clinical techniques to address persistent worry and understand how they change the neurobiology of ruminative thought patterns in clients.
  6. Utilize cognitive therapy interventions with clients to manage perfectionism, procrastination and to increase flexible, creative problem solving to replace worry.
OUTLINE

Neurobiological Basics of Panic, Worry & Anxiety
  • Why & how psychotherapy works to “use the brain to change the brain”
  • Pragmatic application of neuroscience to provide effective treatment
  • Presentation of anxiety when comorbid with depressions
  • Identify lifestyle contributions to anxiety
    • Impact of cannabis, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco/vaping, sugar
    • Physical conditions that mimic pain
  • Explore potential uses for medication
    • When to refer for medication
    • Discontinuing medication under medical guidance
Purpose of Worry
  • FOUR reason worry persists and the methods to manage those
  • Cognitive interventions to reduce persistent rumination
  • Eliminating worry: TWO methods to “contain worry”
Techniques That WORK to Modulate Physiology
  • FOUR important lifestyle changes to reduce anxiety
  • Treatment approaches that change brain function for long lasting recovery
  • Activate the brain’s Default Mode Network (DMN) to increase cognitive flexibility & creative problem solving
  • The right way to teach & use diaphragmatic breathing
  • Use the Protocol, Predict, Prepare & Plan, to eliminate panic
  • Develop the FOUR competencies of stress management
    • Eliminate stressors – Impact of constant technology use
      • Screen time, gaming, texting
      • Respond to new fears crated/exacerbated by social media
    • Managing time & environment
    • Managing attitude
    • Rest & relaxation: Including the powerful Attention Restoration Theory
  • Use the powerful, science-based protocol for memory reconsolidation to create successful exposures
  • Change catastrophic thinking
  • Utilize Mindful Awareness techniques to improve social anxiety fear
  • Apply the “3 C’s” model to construct treatment for social anxiety
  • Employ techniques for mindfulness to improve the response to exposure methods
Techniques for Treating Cognitive Problems of Anxiety & Panic
  • The best thought-replacement methods for worry & rumination
  • Identify the person with “Too Much Activity”
  • Tools to reduce generalized anxiety in the highly active person
  • Cognitive approaches that can intervene on anxiety-producing perfectionism and procrastination that interact with Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Techniques for Managing Social Anxiety
  • Address the relationship between the desire for significance & social anxiety in Millennials and the iGeneration
  • Special considerations for treating different age groups, from children to aging clients
  • Identify negative internal dialogue & apply methods from rational emotive therapy to counteract that
  • Structure cognitive change through planned “counter-cognitions”
  • Construct “In vivo exposure” techniques that optimize recovery from social anxiety at every age
  • Utilize Emotional Freedom Techniques & “Tapping In” to diminish anticipatory anxiety
Limitations of the Research & Potential Risks
    Target Audience

    • Social Workers
    • Psychologists
    • Counselors
    • Marriage and Family Therapists
    • Case Managers
    • Addiction Counselors
    • Therapists
    • Nurses
    • Other Mental Health Professionals

    MARGARET WEHRENBERG, PSY.D.

    Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, is the author of 6 books on the treatment of anxiety and depression, including her most recent book for the general public, The 10 Best Anxiety Busters. An expert on the treatment of anxiety and depression, she has extensive training and expertise in the neurobiology of psychological disorders. She earned her M.A. specializing in psychodrama and play therapy with children. Dr. Wehrenberg has years of experience as a drug and alcoholism counselor, working with the U.S. Army in Germany and Lutheran Social Services in Illinois. She also has training in trauma treatment, EMDR and Thought Field Therapy. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Naperville, IL, specializing in treating anxiety. In addition to clinical work, she coaches business professionals on managing anxiety, she frequently contributes articles for Psychotherapy Networker magazine, and she has produced Relaxation for Tension and Worry, a CD for breathing, muscle relaxation and imagery to use with anxious clients. Her book, The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques, published by W.W. Norton, is a consistent top seller for anxiety management. You can find her on the web at www.margaretwehrenberg.com.



    Speaker Disclosures:

    Financial: Margaret Wehrenberg maintains a private practice. She is an author with W.W. Norton publishing and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

    Non-financial: Margaret Wehrenberg is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Anxiety Disorder Association of America.
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