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Rewire the Anxious Brain: Using Neuroscience to End Anxiety, Panic and Worry



  • Apply proven brain-based strategies for Panic, Social Anxiety, OCD, GAD, and PTSD
  • Understand the difference between cortex-based and amygdala-based anxiety
  • Motivate clients and calm the anxious brain using the power of neuroplasticity
  • Increase client engagement by focusing on changing the brain - not simply decreasing anxiety

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

Dr. Pittman 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

Therapy is about change - it’s about creating a new self - and incorporating the concept of “rewiring the brain” is a potent method for stopping anxiety in its tracks.


Details

Product Details
Average Rating:
   4.7
Speakers:
Catherine M. Pittman
Duration:
5 Hours 39 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
13 Mar, 2017
Product Code:
POS051415
Media Type:
Digital Recordings

CPD


CPD

This online program is worth 5.75 hours CPD.



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Catherine M. Pittman Related seminars and products: 3

Ph.D., HSPP


Catherine M. Pittman, Ph.D., HSPP, is the chair and associate professor of Psychology at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. Dr. Pittman is the author of the popular book Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry. She has a background in cognitive behavioral therapy, neuropsychology, fear-conditioning research, and treated anxiety-based disorders in clinical practice for over 25 years. Catherine’s experience makes her uniquely qualified to provide a clear understanding of neuroscience and how that informs the selection and application of successful anxiety treatment strategies. She regularly presents workshops at national conferences and national webinars on anxiety treatment, and is an active member of the Public Education Committee of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial:  Catherine Pittman is an associate professor at Saint Mary’s College. She is an author for New Harbinger and receives royalties. Dr. Pittman receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial:  Catherine Pittman is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.  


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Objectives

  1. Ascertain the underlying neurological processes that impact anxious symptoms for 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 amydgala
  • The influence of exercise
  • Breathing techniques to reduce activation
  • Relaxation, meditation, and yoga to modify responses
  • Exposure as opportunities for the amygdala to learn
  • Combating 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

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals.

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Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 510

Comments

Samantha D - CHATSWORTH, California

"I loved this course! This is one of the best CE courses I've taken. "

Angel H - TIMEWELL, Illinois

"EXCELLENT Session and information. I very much enjoyed this class and the instructor specifically."

Stephanie N - Waverly, Iowa

"This seminar was wonderful! The presenter was great!"

Kathleen F - ORIENTAL, North Carolina

"Very pleased with my first online course! Thank you!"

Lora N - Rogersville, Missouri

"Excellent Seminar! Thank you"

Sheryl H - Forsyth, Missouri

"Thank you for Sync Slides. Homerun! Presenter & material were excellent in interest & utility. Very Good. Will go through again. Enhanced my understanding of topic."

Vanessa L - Lansing, Michigan

"Presenter made information easy to understand for both myself as a professional and in ways I can easily explain it to my clients. This course would be helpful to any professional as anxiety presents in nearly all clients at some point in the process. "

Joanne T - CASPER, Wyoming

"This was the best PESI training I've attended, so much helpful information! I also really liked the presenter's style, practical examples were excellent and so useful in applying the concepts. Thank you!!"

Donna B - FRUITLAND, Idaho

"Ms. Pittman is one of the best presenters I have listened to in a long time. It was an area I am definitely interested in, but she is amazing. I would listen to her presentations anytime!"

Laura W - APOLLO BEACH, Florida

"Excellent webinar!"

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