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Online Training
Certificate in Treating Anxiety
Class 1 & 2

April 26 - April 27 Login to Zoom 8:30am; Training 8:45 - 4:15pm (EDT) $360, 12 CEUs Presenter: Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, ACS Zoom, MD + Google Map

Does your therapeutic tool box need new and creative instruments? How often do you encounter a client suffering from anxiety who does not respond to the usual therapy approaches? Do you desire a comprehensive formula that provides guidance rather than abstract theoretical paradigms? Dr. Schreiber-Pan’s seminar offers a clinical blueprint that is concise and practical; highlighting a cutting-edge treatment plan for clinicians to treat various types of anxiety disorders. This unique 6-step approach describes a distinctive arrangement of evidence-based therapeutic interventions that reduce symptomology common to the experience of chronic anxiety, panic and worry.

Each step highlights core skills necessary for symptom relief and consequent long-term resiliency. Lastly, this model provides an outline for a comprehensive maintenance plan to assure lasting positive change.

You will leave the seminar with competence in using this 6-step treatment plan and the skill to add innovative tools from neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness, CBT, ACT, and logotherapy.

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Texas. The Institute also maintains full responsibility for all programming.
In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.


Learning Objectives Day 1

  1. Describe the brain structures and neurological processes involved in the experience of anxiety.
  2. Implement neuro-counseling as an empowerment tool for clients.
  3. Explain the power of neuroplasticity as it relates to the treatment of anxiety.
  4. Describe the role of the autonomic nervous system and six principles to reduce the chronic fight or flight response.
  5. Implement at least three strategies to help clients navigate their anxiety.
  6. Identify and implement strategies to enhance self-compassion and self-care while reducing inner criticism.
  7. Learn how to apply mindfulness-based cognitive and behavioral interventions.

Agenda Day 1

8:45 – 10 am

Step 1: Creating Calm in the Nervous System by Taming Amygdala

  • Neuro-counseling as an empowerment tool for clients
  • The power of Neuroplasticity
  • Six principles to reduce the chronic fight or flight response
  • Weekly routine to calm sympathetic nervous system activation

Practices: Brain-based techniques that consistently lower sympathetic nervous system arousal

  • Letting Go of SNS Arousal
  • Let’s Breathe: A review of breathing techniques
  • Body Scan

10:00 am to 10:08 am BREAK

10:08 am – 11:00 am

Step 2: Introducing and Reinforcing Self-Compassion

  • Self-esteem vs self-compassion
  • Quieting the inner critic
  • Establishing an interior ally
  • Mindful acceptance of self
  • Inner-child-work to encourage forgiveness of self
  • A case for self-care
  • The role of boundary setting in self-care

Practices: Powerful strategies to promote emotional resiliency and lessen destructive inner narratives.

  • Inner Child Guided Imagery
  • The Bridge – A Boundary Parable
  • Internal Family Member, Anxiety

11:00 am — 11:07 am                  BREAK

11:07 am — 12:00 pm

Step 3: Applying Mindfulness-based Cognitive & Behavioral Interventions

  • Schools of treatment:

ACT methods to develop the ability to shift perspectives, develop acceptance and self-advocacy

    • The healing power of awareness: seeing thoughts as creations of the mind
    • Decentering as a way of disengaging from self-criticism, rumination, and negative thinking patterns
    • Reconnecting & befriending feelings

12:00 — 1:00 pm                    LUNCH

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • CBT methods to train the mind through
    • Identifying and diminishing unhelpful thinking styles
    • The use of coping thoughts
    • The compassionate use of exposure therapy
    • Composing fear ladders
    • The utilization of behavioral experiments and home practices

2:00 — 2:08 pm                      BREAK

2:08 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Practices:  Cognitive approaches to help navigate painful emotions and thoughts
    • Applying Cognitive De-Fusion
    • What Glasses am I Wearing Today?
    • Worry Time, Worry Planning & 7 Steps to End Rumination

3:00 — 3:07 pm                       BREAK

3:07 — 4:15 pm

  • Review of Steps 1 – 3
  • Questions and Practice Time

Learning Objectives Day 2

  1. Describe the neuroscience of attachment and the activation of attachment anxiety.
  2. Execute strategies designed to increase secure attachment.
  3. Identify goals for treating generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and panic disorder.
  4. Integrate concepts of logotherapy, existentialism, metaphor and meaning making.
  5. Help clients shift their perspective through gratitude practice.
  6. Define the ways in positive neuroplasticity can rewire the brain for resiliency.
  7. Implement strategies related to meditation, nature, acceptance and commitment.

Agenda Day 2

8:45 – 10 am

Step 4: Treating Anxiety Disorders

Attachment Anxiety

  • The Neuroscience of attachment
  • Activation of attachment anxiety
  • Addressing unmet attachment needs
  • Therapist, a secure attachment figure?
  • Case Study: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Addressing excessive worry and ending the worry loop
  • Body-based expression of worry (tension, hypervigilance)
  • Implementation of calming skills into daily lifestyle

Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Investigate self-talk that mediates fear reaction
  • Challenge biases and replace with empowering narratives
  • Design exposure experiences to tackle avoidance

10:00 am to 10:08 am    BREAK

10:08 am – 11:00 am

Panic Disorder

  • Panic Attack vs Panic Reaction
  • Address fears that fuel and prolong panic
  • Strengthen ability to self-sooth and boost comfort

Practices: Reflective exercises to complement self-care tools and foster positive neuroplasticity

  • Adult Attachment Inventory
  • Hand on Heart
  • Loving-Kindness Meditation

11:00 am — 11:07 am           BREAK

11:07 am — 12:00 pm

Step 5: Determining Values, Purpose and Meaning

  • Logotherapy
  • Exploring one’s value-lifestyle congruence
  • Formation of a spiritual identity
  • Existentialism, worldview & legacy
  • The use of metaphor to facility meaning-making

12:00 — 1:00 pm                    LUNCH

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Practices: Contemplative methods to alleviate inner distress caused by a lack of meaning and purpose

  • Value Card Sort
  • Listen to My Values
  • Existential Contemplation

2:00 — 2:08 pm                      BREAK

2:08 pm – 3:00 pm

Step 6: Establishing and Executing a Maintenance Plan

  • Shifting perspectives through gratitude practice
  • Positive neuroplasticity to rewire the brain for resiliency
  • Meditation, formal & informal
  • Nature-based mental health
  • Acceptance and commitment practices
  • Mindful engagement

3:00 — 3:07 pm                       BREAK

3:07 — 4:15 pm

Practices: Tools for developing a lifestyle that boosts resiliency and contributes to psychological well-being

  • Inventory of Your Day
  • The Power of Gratitude
  • Technique for Difficult Emotions

Closing of day 2 & Review