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Deconstructing Anxiety Intensive: A New Approach to Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders

CE Hours 6

About this live event

This workshop will provide a deep dive into treatment-resistant anxiety, helping to uncover the root causes of anxiety in even your most challenging clients. You will learn techniques for releasing the resistances that keep the anxiety alive, getting at their source and transforming them into a sense of high purpose and meaning, yielding powerful change and lasting results. With the understanding that anxiety (fear) is at the root of all suffering, you will gain insight into the five core fears--“universal themes of loss”--we all share, including: • abandonment (loss of love), • loss of identity, • loss of meaning, • loss of purpose (the chance to express oneself) and • fear of death (including fear of sickness and pain) We develop our primary defenses, usually early in childhood or at times of trauma, as our best attempt to protect ourselves from these fears, but always at a great cost. This leaves us constantly holding vigil, on the lookout for the resurfacing of the fear. We build our entire personality upon this fear-defense dynamic. When our fear-defense dynamic spins out of control, an anxiety disorder can develop. The theory and techniques offered in this workshop will teach you how to uncover the core fear and chief defense quickly and reliably. Armed with this knowledge, new strategies for “doing the opposite” of the chief defense and its secondary defenses have proven extremely successful in even the most anxious clients. Incorporating psychodynamics, mindfulness, Gestalt, CBT and transpersonal psychology, participants will undergo the actual techniques being presented, making for a rich and highly experiential presentation. Come prepared for an exciting adventure into the deepest regions of the unconscious, where the hidden fears at the source of our difficulties live, to bring them out into consciousness, available for rapid and lasting transformation.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the core fear/chief defense model of anxiety.
  • Analyze the five core fears and the primary and secondary defenses we develop in response to them.
  • Demonstrate how to identify a client’s unique core fear and chief defense.
  • Explain the principle of “Doing the Opposite” of the chief defense.
  • Utilize the exercises from the Deconstructing Anxiety program for resolving anxiety.

Learning Levels

  • Intermediate to advanced.

Target Audience

This live interactive webinar is intended for behavioral health professionals, including Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFT's and Addiction Professionals.

Agenda

10:00 - 10:15am Introduction and overview
10:15 - 10:30am The creation story revisited—understanding the birth of fear in the psyche
10:30 - 11:30am Laying out the “Deconstructing Anxiety” model:
  • Each of us lands on a particular core fear in childhood
  • Description of the 5 core fears, universal themes of loss
  • This first contact with fear is intolerable—we must restore our original innocence
11:30 - 11:45am Break
11:45 - 1:15pm Continuing with the “Deconstructing Anxiety” model:
  • We find our chief defense as a way of protecting us from the core fear
  • We develop secondary defenses, adaptations of the chief defense to the various circumstances we encounter in life
  • The core fear/chief defense dynamic becomes the foundation of our personality; we interpret and respond to all circumstances through that lens
  • All defenses backfire, creating the anxiety they are designed to protect us from
  • We therefore employ our defenses even more rigorously and the whole cycle spins out of control, creating an anxiety disorder
1:15 - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 - 3:00pm New strategies for resolving fear
  • The way to release fear is to “do the opposite” of the chief defense
  • Digging for Gold: Finding the core fear
1:50 - 3:00pm New strategies for resolving fear (con’t)
  • Who Are You Really?: Uncovering your chief defense
  • Analyzing secondary defenses
  • The Alchemist: Asking “What happens next?”
  • The Witness: Enhanced Vipassana (Mindfulness) technique
3:00 - 3:15pm Break
3:15 - 4:45pm New strategies for resolving fear and closing
  • The Warrior’s Stance: Active “not doing”
  • A subtle defense: The Resistance to Resistance
  • Vision Questing: Finding one's “mighty purpose”

Live event Instructor(s)

  • Todd Pressman, PhD

    Todd Pressman, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and international seminar leader. He is widely known for his work with Deconstructing Anxiety. He graduated with degrees in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and Saybrook Institute. His books Deconstructing Anxiety: The Journey from Fear to Fulfillment, Radical Joy: Awakening Your Potential For True Fulfillment and The Bicycle Repair Shop: A True Story Of Recovery From Multiple Personality Disorder have all received high acclaim. In 1982, he traveled the world to study the great wisdom and healing traditions, including with a Zen master, a Jain family, a Zoroastrian high priest and a Sri Lankan firewalker. His education also includes an internship under Stanislav Grof, M.D. at the Esalen Institute. With a background deeply rooted in tradition (he was groomed by a father whose teachers were taught by Sigmund Freud), he has integrated this wide-ranging experience into a new program of psychological development called "Deconstructing Anxiety". His working model is based on Michelangelo’s ideal: to release the statue from the stone, the authentic Self from the overlays of imposed identity, into the discovery of freedom and fulfillment.

Disclosure

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CE Approvals

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

    CE Learning Systems, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

    Deconstructing Anxiety: An In-Depth Exploration of a Powerful New Approach to Anxiety Disorders, Course #5004, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by CE Learning Systems, LLC. as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 05/25/2023 - 05/25/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 6 clinical continuing education credits. ACE individual course approval meets the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners requirements for individual course approval pursuant to NJ Code 13:44G-6.4.16.

  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

    CE Learning Systems has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5951. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CE Learning Systems is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Make An Impact is a service division of CE Learning Systems.

  • New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work (NYSEDSW)

    CE Learning Systems SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0060.

  • New York Education Department Board of Creative Arts Therapy (NYSEDCAT)

    CE Learning Systems (d/b/a CE-credit.com), is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0008

  • New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (NYSEDLMHC)

    CE Learning Systems, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0072.

  • New York Education Department Board for Licensed Psychoanalysts (NYSEDLP)

    CE Learning Systems, LLC dba CE-credit.com & AddictionCounselorCE.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0031.

  • New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology (NYSEDPSY)

    CE Learning Systems dba CE-Credit.com & AddictionCounselorCE.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0016.

  • New York State Education Department's State Board for Marriage and Family Therapy (NYSEDMFT)

    CE Learning Systems dba CE-Credit.com & AddictionCounselorCE.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Marriage and Family Therapy as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0045.

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Deconstructing Anxiety Intensive: A New Approach to Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders
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  • Date
    Sat Feb 22nd, 2025
  • Time
    10:00am - 04:45pm EST

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