Seminar Detail

Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional: Two Day Competency Training
Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional: Two Day Competency Training

Where:   FAIRFAX, VA

When:  Thursday, November 21, 2019 - Friday, November 22, 2019

This event is not currently available for purchase.

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Course Description:

Transform your practice with this intensive 2-day Anxiety Treatment Certification training and get the skills, proven strategies, and interventions you need to take your treatment of anxiety to the next level!

You’ll learn how to more skillfully assess clients, differentiate between various anxiety presentations, fully engage clients in treatment, and effectively use tools from CBT, mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and contemplative practices to enhance clinical outcomes.

And expert guidance on combining brain-based principles, body-oriented techniques and traditional psychotherapeutic approaches will change the way you work with challenging clients whose anxiety is exacerbated by shame, self-judgement, and attachment issues.

Plus, completion of this two-day training meets the educational requirements should you choose to apply to become a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) (visit the Institute of Certified Anxiety Treatment Professionals at (www.icatp.com) for full details and certification requirements).

Sign up today, get the proven tools and techniques needed to move your most challenging anxiety clients forward!
Objectives:
  1. Establish how stories and metaphors can be used as psychoeducational tools to explain the physiology of anxiety, and how contemplative approaches impact the anxious brain and body.
  2. Articulate distinctions in differentiating among anxiety disorders and assessing physical symptomatology.
  3. Provide an explanation of how medication impacts neuroplasticity and determine when medication serves to enhance or derail anxiety treatment.
  4. Specify how individualized, awareness-based interventions can be used by clinicians to enhance client efforts towards change and reduce avoidance.
  5. Communicate how evidence-based contemplative approaches can address self-judgment, worry, and negative thinking that can exacerbate anxiety symptoms.
  6. Characterize how visual meditations can increase clients’ ability to focus attention and reduce rumination.
  7. Analyze the research on the impacts of meditative movement on anxiety symptomology.
  8. Establish how breathing practices can interrupt obsessive thinking, ritualized behaviors, and reassurance seeking.
  9. Specify how treatment plans that employ reframing techniques can interrupt anxiety-producing thoughts.
  10. Assess whether attachment style impacts treatment outcomes amongst clients undergoing treatment for social anxiety disorder.
  11. Communicate how script-based, brief deep relaxation exercises can be implemented to increase feelings of safety and enhance emotional regulation.
  12. Explore how journaling can be used as a clinical tool to shift clients away from anxious thoughts and toward action-oriented change.
OUTLINE

The Neurophysiology of Anxiety
  • Cognitive & amygdala pathways to anxiety
  • Autonomic nervous system responses
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Serotonin, dopamine and neurotransmitters
  • The role of brain derived neurotropic factors
  • The impacts of sleep and nutrition on the anxious brain
Assessment and Differential Diagnosis
  • DSM-5 classification of anxiety Disorder
  • Assessment from the whole person perspective
  • Clinical approaches for ambiguous anxiety presentations
    • Phobia vs. OCD
    • Trauma, Axis II, or both?
    • Distinguish anxiety from agitated depression
Biological Treatment of Anxiety: Impacts of Psychopharmacology & Nutraceuticals
  • How medication impacts neuroplasticity
  • Frequently prescribed medications
  • Common side effects
  • Evidence-based supplements
From Avoidance to Proactivity: Strategies to Engage and Sustain Client Motivation
  • Illustrate neuroscience concepts with stories & metaphors
  • Link contemplative practices to brain change
  • Address impasses with awareness based interviewing
  • Reframes – replacing old neural patterns
  • Co-create meaningful, values based-goals
Motivational Interviewing for Anxiety Treatment: Mobilizing & Sustaining Change
  • Elicit change talk
  • Elaborate on change indicators
  • Coalesce motivation for exposure treatment
  • Renew motivation when fear arises
Techniques to Address the Cognitive Pathway to Anxiety
  • Strategies to dismantle automatic thoughts, core beliefs
  • How to unwind troublesome thinking patterns
  • When life feels overwhelming – stemming the tide techniques
  • Apply Chain Analysis – when and how
Relaxation Skills: Help Clients Develop an Anxiety Resistant Brain
  • Wire in relaxed, alert mood with deep relaxation
  • Letting go with moment to moment exercises
  • Breath and movement strategies to deactivate panic
Antidotes to Shame, Guilt and Self-Judgement
  • How shame and self-judgement exacerbate anxiety
  • Tools to identify anxiety fuel
  • Appropriate & inappropriate guilt
  • Anxiety interventions for the shame prone client
  • Ease shame intensity with body witnessing and observing skills
  • Self-compassion inquiry – inviting in parts of the self
  • Counteract anxiety with gratitude
Attachment Anxiety
  • Untangle developmental roots
  • Contemplative applications – the Polyvagal Theory
  • Techniques to prime secure attachment
Movement and Visual Meditations for Anxiety Relief
  • Visual meditations for specific clinical concerns
  • Prepare with movement, imagery and sound
  • Draw from inner resources
  • Instill a new perspective with movement and writing
  • Individualized follow-up assignments
Mindful Recovery Tools for GAD and Social Anxiety
  • Three steps for moving from reactivity to responsiveness
  • Interrupt the worry cycle: from the meditation cushion to daily life
  • Mindful exploration – predictions vs. what happened
  • Bring curiosity to perceptions
  • Prime secure attachment for social anxiety
Meditation for OCD Management
  • How clients can recognize excessiveness
  • Titrate exposure with breathing practices
  • Reduce repetition with mindful response prevention
  • Overcome obsession with mantra & breath
Research and Limitations
Target Audience

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

DEBRA PREMASHAKTI ALVIS, PH.D.

Debra Premashakti Alvis, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and private practitioner with over 25 years of clinical experience in supporting clients’ recovery from shame, trauma, anxiety, depression and relational concerns. A seasoned international presenter and consultant, Dr. Alvis is also a therapeutic yoga educator and a lecturer at the University of Georgia where she developed and led the Mind/Body Program. The program included a clinician training program integrating contemplative approaches in psychotherapy. A 30-year personal contemplative practice, research experience, and a deep understanding of mindfulness and yoga further enrich her presentations. She draws upon this unique background to provide effective and easily applicable skills designed for immediate integration into clinicians’ practices.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Debra Premashakti Alvis is in private practice. She receives compensation as a Professor for the University of Georgia. Dr. Alvis receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Debra Premashakti Alvis has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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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.

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Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 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.


Counselors
This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 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.

Virginia Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

Maryland Counselors: This intermediate activity is approved for 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.


Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 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.


Psychologists
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This activity consists of 12.5 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.

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Kentucky Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity will qualify for 12.5 contact hours.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 12.5 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Social Workers
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Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 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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