Transform your practice with this intensive 2-day Anxiety Treatment Certification recording 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.
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.
Best of all, this training meets the educational requirements when applying to become a Certified Clinical Anxiety Trauma Professional (CCATP) through Evergreen Certifications. Certification lets colleagues, employers, and clients know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of treating anxiety in clients. Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/CCATP to get started!
Continuing Professional Development Certificates
- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 12.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.
Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD, a licensed psychologist, developed the Mind/Body Program at the University of Georgia, providing clinician training on the integration of mindfulness and contemplative practices into psychotherapy. Her work as a professor at the University of Georgia included the supervision of doctoral students and co-leading a research team investigating mindfulness.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Alvis maintains a private practice and has more than 25 years of clinical experience in treating clients with a variety of conditions by mindfulness principles, body-oriented principles and traditional psychotherapeutic approaches. She also has an over 30-year personal contemplative practice.
Financial: Debra Alvis maintains a private practice and receives a speaking honorarium from Asadis Training, Essential Therapy Training, Georgia Museum of Art, Bascom Museum of Art, and Mountain Area Health Education Center. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Debra Alvis is a member of the American Association of College Student Personnel, the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, the Association of Specialists in Group Work, the Athens Area Psychological Association, and the Georgia Psychological Association.
- 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.
- Articulate distinctions in differentiating among anxiety disorders and assessing physical symptomatology.
- Provide an explanation of how medication impacts neuroplasticity and determine when medication serves to enhance or derail anxiety treatment.
- Specify how individualized, awareness-based interventions can be used by clinicians to enhance client efforts towards change and reduce avoidance.
- Communicate how evidence-based contemplative approaches can address self-judgment, worry, and negative thinking that can exacerbate anxiety symptoms.
- Characterize how visual meditations can increase clients’ ability to focus attention and reduce rumination.
- Analyze the research on the impacts of meditative movement on anxiety symptomology.
- Establish how breathing practices can interrupt obsessive thinking, ritualized behaviours, and reassurance seeking.
- Specify how treatment plans that employ reframing techniques can interrupt anxiety-producing thoughts.
- Assess whether attachment style impacts treatment outcomes amongst clients undergoing treatment for social anxiety disorder.
- Communicate how script-based, brief deep relaxation exercises can be implemented to increase feelings of safety and enhance emotional regulation.
- Explore how journaling can be used as a clinical tool to shift clients away from anxious thoughts and toward action-oriented change.
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
- 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
- Instil 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
- Social Workers
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Case Managers
- Addiction Counselors
- Other Mental Health Professionals