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Rewire the Anxious Brain: Neuroscience-Informed Treatment of Anxiety, Panic and Worry
Rewire the Anxious Brain: Neuroscience-Informed Treatment of Anxiety, Panic and Worry

Where:   SCRANTON, PA

When:  Monday, July 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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HILTON SCRANTON & CONFERENCE CENTER
100 ADAMS AVE
SCRANTON, PA 18503
Phone:  570-343-3000
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Course Description:

Join Hannah Smith and learn her keys for successful anxiety treatment. Hannah integrates brain-based strategies for calming the anxious mind with client communication techniques that motivate change in your clients. Her approach promotes adherence to treatment and strengthens the therapeutic alliance – which is essential when working with anxious, worried, traumatized, or obsessive clients. Hannah will give you 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
Register today for this transformational workshop and put the power of neuroplasticity to work for you and your anxious clients!
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 amygdala
  • The influence of exercise
  • Breathing techniques to reduce activation
  • Relaxation, meditation, and yoga to modify responses
  • Exposure as opportunities for the amygdala to learn
  • Combatting 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
Research, Risks and Limitations
  • Empirical versus clinical and anecdotal evidence
  • Clinical considerations for specific clients and settings
  • Efficacy of particular interventions may vary
Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapist Assistants
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

HANNAH SMITH, MA, LMHC, GCP

Hannah Smith, MA, LMHC, GCP, holds the rare designation of Certified Group Psychotherapist (GCP), as credentialed by the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists, and she is a contributing member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). She is a licensed therapist, a master-level trained educator, and a therapist supervisor. Her over 20 years of experience has taken her around the globe to a variety of settings and she has earned specialized credentials in child behavior and developmental disabilities. She has done extensive study and work in group formulation, as well as therapy process, implementation, and evaluation. Her work in the US and abroad has given her a unique perspective and relatability. She has an engaging teaching and communication style and can convey difficult information in a compassionate and understandable manner.

Hannah runs her own consultancy and training business, Potential Finders Network, where she works with several area providers as a group therapy training consultant. In addition, she is an instructor of Neuroscience-informed treatment at local colleges and provides both group and individual services in her private practice. Along the spectrum of treatment settings, from inpatient to outpatient, Hannah has found group therapy to be an indispensable way to enhance treatment and provide healing for clients with a variety of issues, such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders, relationship troubles, and trauma. Her passions lie in providing real-life, experiential, whole-person care to clients and to reinvigorate clinicians as she educates them on this valuable therapeutic modality.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Hannah Smith is the clinical supervisor at The Center; A Place of Hope. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Hannah Smith has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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