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Digital Seminar

Calming the Anxious Brain


Faculty:
Catherine M Pittman, PH.D., HSPP
Duration:
4 Hours 01 Minutes
Copyright:
Mar 22, 2019
Product Code:
NOS096007
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.


Description

The past decade has brought new understanding about the neuroscience behind anxiety and fear. But how many of us can communicate this knowledge to clients in a clear, engaging way that actually enhances effective treatment?

You don’t need to be a brain scientist to tap into the power of neuroplasticity and revolutionize your approach to treating anxiety. This workshop recording will explore brain-based techniques to stop the symptoms of anxiety, including panic attacks, rumination, and nausea.

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Saint Mary's College


Catherine M. Pittman, Ph.D., HSPP, has a background in cognitive behavioral therapy, neuropsychology, fear-conditioning research, and treated anxiety-based disorders in clinical practice for over 25 years. Her 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.

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 (New Harbinger Publications). Her new book, Taming Your Amygdala, will be published in Spring 2022 (PESI Publishing & Media). Dr. Pittman is a professor of Psychology at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN. 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: Dr. Catherine Pittman maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Saint Mary's College. She is an author with New Harbinger, Foliadeux Press, and PESI Publishing and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Catherine Pittman is a member of the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.


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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


Objectives

  1. Use examples to illustrate how the anxious brain functions and how to use that information in session to improve treatment outcomes. 
  2. Describe the role of the amygdala and cortex in maintaining anxiety disorders s for purposes of client psychoeducation. 
  3. Explain how learning about the neuroscience of anxiety can improve client engagement. 
  4. Use neurologically informed CBT techniques to help clients reduce anxious responding by making changes in both the cortex and the amygdala. 

Outline

Introduction

  • Disclosures
  • Limitations
  • Scope of Practice
  • Learning Objectives

Using Neuroscience in the Treatment of Anxiety

  • Neuroscience & Anxiety
  • Neuroscience & Therapists
  • Using Neuroscience to Enhance Client Engagement
  • Treatment Goal Selection
  • Neuropsychologically Informed CBT
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Reconsolidation
  • Two Pathways to Anxiety

Understanding Anxiety in the Brain: The Amygdala Pathway

  • Fight, Flight, Freeze
  • Language of the Amygdala 
  • Triggers Created in the Amygdala
  • Neuroplasticity in the Amygdala
  • Amygdala-Focused Interventions

Understanding Anxiety in the Brain: The Cortex Pathway

  • Relationship between the Cortex & Amygdala
  • Neuroplasticity in the Cortex
  • Cortex-Based Interventions

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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