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(NEW) Online Training – Rewire the Anxious Brain: Neuroscience-Informed Treatment of Anxiety, Panic and Worry

May 24 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:15pm (ET) $189, 6 CEUs Presenter: Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, ACS Virtual Event,

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

This workshop, we will explore the fascinating concept of neuroplasticity and its practical applications in therapy. We will break down complex neuroscience into everyday language, helping clients grasp the transformative power of creating a new self through the accessible concept of “rewiring.”

Throughout the day, participants will delve into the process of re-consolidation, demystifying the modification of emotional memories. Participants will gain insights into identifying two neural pathways to anxiety and understanding the interplay between the amygdala and the cortex.

The approach focuses on client-friendly explanations, employing illustrations to concretely explain the fight/flight/freeze responses and decoding the “language of the amygdala.” Furthermore, we will unravel how anxiety manifests in the cortex, offering participants the tools to recognize and navigate both pathways to anxiety.

The workshop will shed light on the potency of relaxation, meditation, and breathing in modifying amygdala responses, equipping your clients with tangible strategies to integrate into the therapeutic practice. Participants will also gain an understanding on exposure as unique opportunities for the amygdala to learn, and learn effective methods to combat avoidance.

This workshop is designed to empower therapists with the knowledge and skills to elucidate these intricate concepts to clients, fostering a deeper understanding of the neural mechanisms at play in anxiety and paving the way for transformative therapeutic interventions.

Registration for each workshop closes one day before the workshop date.

If you want to sign up for this course and missed the registration deadline, please don’t worry. You can still contact Gerri Baum at gerrib@theferentzinstitute.com or call 410-409-7061 to inquire about joining the class. We will do our best to accommodate you. We appreciate your interest in our workshops and look forward to seeing you soon!

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, Michigan and Texas.  If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute 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

  • Ascertain the underlying neurological processes that impact anxious symptoms for clients.
  • Develop client engagement using personalized goals and attending to the therapeutic relationship.
  • Evaluate the differences between amygdala-based and cortex-based anxiety symptoms and identify how these symptoms inform treatment interventions.
  • Communicate strategies for calming and training the amygdala to alleviate symptoms of anxiety.
  • Implement methods for teaching clients to retrain the cortex so that anxiety is resisted rather than exacerbated.
  • Analyze how psychotropic medication impacts neuroplasticity in the brain; identify related treatment implications.


8:45 am – 10:00 am

  • Use Neuroscience in the Treatment of Anxiety
  • Enhancing Engagement in Treatment

10:00 am – 10:10 am      BREAK

10:10 am – 11:00 am

  • Neuroplasticity
  • Identifying Two Neural Pathways to Anxiety

11:00 am – 11:10 am        BREAK

11:10 am – 12:00 pm

  • Client Friendly Explanations of brain-based interventions
  • The Use of Illustrations to create a concrete understanding of neuroscientific concepts

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm        LUNCH

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • Neuroplasticity in the Amygdala (Essential for all Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, OCD, Depression)

2:00 pm – 2:10 pm          BREAK

2:10 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Moving Beyond Diagnostic Categories to Focus on Anxiety Pathways

3:00 pm – 3:10 pm          BREAK

3:10 pm – 4:15 pm

  • Brain-based interventions to tame to anxious mind
Scientific-like illustration of electrical currents entering a person's brain through several ports