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The New Face of Anxiety: Treating Anxiety Disorders in the Age of Texting, Social Media and 24/7 Internet Access
Where:
MONROEVILLE, PA
When:
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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DOUBLETREE PITTSBURGH/MONROEVILLE
101 MALL BLVD
MONROEVILLE, PA 15146
Phone:  412-373-7300
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Course Description:

Texting rather than talking. Gathering “likes” and followers. Making friends via a gaming console. Unrelenting 24/7 news cycles. Ready or not, the rise of social media, and 24/7 Internet access has changed the way we relate to one another (and ourselves), leaving in its wake a whole new set of challenges for those who use it.

As therapists, you see people of all ages with these issues:

The girl who can’t put her phone away during session. The boy who isn’t sleeping after reading messages on social media. “Friends” of all ages who shame each other for life choices and argue by text. The socially anxious young adult who struggles to meet people in person because all of his “friends” are online. The parent who has to contend with “Facebook shaming” for every parenting decision. The older adult who feels out of touch and disconnected. The impact is rampant and pervasive – as a result, treatment of anxiety doesn’t look the same anymore.

Attend this unique and engaging seminar to learn innovative ways to treat this new facet of anxiety with today’s client. You’ll discover:
  • Key questions to ask at assessment to uncover problematic use of technology
  • How excessive screen time affects mood, anxiety and self-worth in clients of all ages
  • Tools to help clients regulate their emotions and make wise decisions (on and offline)
  • Innovative techniques for promoting healthy use of technology with clients
  • Deliberate strategies for managing time, device use and “information overload”
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Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the impact persistent “screen time” exposure can have on the neurobiological and psychological health of clients.
  2. Implement strategies to effectively reduce excessive use of technology that leads to avoidance and increased anxiety.
  3. Increase clients’ capacity to utilize technology in a healthy manner to decrease risk of anxiety and other mental health symptoms.
  4. Establish clinical practices that decrease rumination and build resilience to the stress of the digital world.
  5. Teach clients five strategies for overcoming irrational fears of social interaction in order to improve clinical outcomes.
  6. Implement cognitive-behavioral strategies for challenging distorted beliefs and the “comparison fallacy” as related to online interactions.
OUTLINE

Neurobiology: The Impact of 24/7 Internet and “Information Overload”
  • Is it an addiction? The role of dopamine
  • Variable interval rewards: The most powerful reinforcement
  • Perpetual state of “fight or flight”
  • Impact of technology on the prefrontal cortex
  • ”Multi-tasking”: Changing the landscape of learning
  • The impact of screen time on rumination
  • Impulse control at all ages: Instant v. delayed gratification
Why the Increase in Anxiety?

Understand the Problem to Help Clients Find Solutions
  • The psychological hook of “checking in”
  • Broad skills deficits for coping with normal situations
  • Collective anxiety due to 24/7 news cycles
  • Generational differences
  • Illusions of perfection online
  • New fears created/exacerbated by digital media:
    • Negative evaluation/rejection
    • Having behavior recorded or posted publicly
    • Fear of missing out (FOMO)
    • Confrontation
    • Taking on responsibilities (“Adulting”)
    • Nomophobia
  • Use of technology to avoid emotional experiences
  • The meaning of “friend” has changed
  • Cyberbullying at all ages: The power of anonymity
Strategies that Promote Healthy Use of Technology
  • Key questions that uncover anxiety related to digital media use
  • Techniques for providing meaningful psychoeducation
  • Use “demand delays” to diminish impact of rapid screen shifting
  • Tools for setting device boundaries to create more balance
  • ”Be still” techniques to tolerate time away from devices
Therapy Tools to Improve Emotional Regulation, Reduce Anxiety and Build Self-Worth

Exposure Therapy/Coaching
  • Avoid avoidance!
  • How to provide meaningful psychoeducation
  • The 3 C’s: Calm, Competent and Confident
  • Accurate anticipation: The power of imagination exposure
  • Techniques for teaching social skills
  • 5 ways to overcome fears of social situations
  • Utilize FOMO (fear of missing out) as a tool for goal development
  • Address “adulting” fears
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Challenge the “comparison fallacy” of online interactions
  • Identify and challenge distorted beliefs about the self
  • Create new self-talk by changing the script
  • Combat perfectionism and procrastination
  • Ellis’ ABCD approach to identify inhibiting beliefs
Stress Management
  • Eliminate the stressor – incorporate media “time outs”
  • Manage time and environment
  • Shifting attitudes
Relaxation and Mindfulness
  • Skills for calming the persistently vigilant nervous system
  • Interrupt rumination and build resilience
  • Apps that promote calming breathing techniques
Clinical Considerations
  • Identify and address personal bias/countertransference issues
  • Between-session recommendations that reinforce skills
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapist Assistants
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • 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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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 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.

Pennsylvania Addiction Counselors: We’re working to get you credit. Updates will be posted as they become available.


Counselors
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.

Pennsylvania Counselors: CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education clock hours for Pennsylvania Counselors. The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors confirms under 49 Pa. Code S.49.36 that CE providers approved by the ACE Program of the Association of Social Work Boards meet the Board standards and qualify as approved providers. PESI, Inc. is an approved provider. Please see social work approvals for this program.

West Virginia Counselors: An application has been submitted to the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling.


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.

Pennsylvania Marriage & Family Therapists: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This Intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Psychologists & Psychiatrists
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Psychiatrists
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.

Psychologists
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. This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

Ohio Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association, Provider #263896894, to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 standard hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Pennsylvania Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PSY000211. PESI maintains responsibility for the program(s). This program qualifies for 6.25 continuing education hours.

West Virginia Psychologists: CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education credit hours for West Virginia Psychologists. The West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists’ Guidelines For Continuing Education confirm acceptance of continuing education programs from CE providers who are approved through NASP or State Boards or Associations of Psychology. PESI, Inc. is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association, Provider #263896894, to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Social Workers
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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, 2020 - January 27, 2023. 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.

Pennsylvania Social Workers: The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/. This Intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

West Virginia Social Workers: The West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners can only approve programs held in the state of West Virginia. This course does not qualify for West Virginia social work credits. You will still receive a certificate of completion at the end of the seminar to retain for your records.


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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