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Ten Best-Ever Anxiety Treatment Techniques – Lafayette, LA

Dr. Stephanie Sarkis will assist you in shaping the 10 best-ever anxiety techniques to your needs and will discuss:

  • How to apply the techniques in difficult cases
  • How these techniques apply to different age groups
  • How these techniques can help with clients who have co-morbid diagnoses
  • How to use these techniques with groups or individuals and in different types of psychological services: private practice, hospital units, classrooms, nursing facilities, etc.

This fresh approach will give you a complete set of tools to work with anxiety symptoms. Cutting-edge research tells clinicians not only what is new, but also tells us why what we have done best over the years works to help clients achieve positive results in therapy. In this seminar, you will learn, practice and be ready to apply 10 techniques that really work to stop symptoms of panic, worry and social anxiety.

These 10 proven methods can control most symptoms of panic, generalized anxiety and social anxiety. Through in-seminar practice and discussing case vignettes to illustrate their applications – you can make them strong, effective and lasting interventions. Methods that control physiology: diaphragmatic breathing, reducing tension, and mindful awareness to offset panic or acute anxiety can be easy to learn but not simple to apply. We will discuss how to make them effective with different age groups and difficult clients to obtain the best results for calming panic and dread. Likewise, controlling the cognitive problems of anxiety, such as catastrophizing or ruminatively worrying, challenge most with anxiety. Learn powerful techniques that cool off worry, and challenge faulty cognitions – the obstacles to improving panic and social anxiety. You can help your clients identify and change the ways they avoid their social anxiety. Case examples will clarify planned re-entry to triggering situations, handling the stress of preparation and conducting ‘in vivo exposure’.

Objectives:

  1. Use 10 important techniques that will help your clients “use the brain to change the brain”.
  2. Apply the 4 competencies of stress management to improve health, quality of life and reduce anxiety, including lifestyle changes, cognitive interventions and time management tools.
  3. Employ techniques to prevent panic: “Prepare to be there without the scare” and manage panic events so there is less fear of fear.
  4. Demonstrate how to make breathing really work and utilize relaxation methods in stress rebound.
  5. Illustrate how memory reconsolidation helps your clients identify their triggers and interrupt the common cognitions that set off panic attacks.
  6. Practice techniques to interrupt and “erase the trace” of persistent worries and understand how this changes the neurobiology of ruminative thinking.
  7. Apply cognitive interventions to manage perfectionism, procrastination and rigid approaches to problems.
  8. Select techniques for “calm, competent and confident” approaches to exposures and utilize memory reconsolidation principles that minimize social anxiety and increase successful participation in performance and everyday social experiences for all age groups.

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Ten Best-Ever Anxiety Treatment Techniques – Metairie, LA

Dr. Stephanie Sarkis will assist you in shaping the 10 best-ever anxiety techniques to your needs and will discuss:

  • How to apply the techniques in difficult cases
  • How these techniques apply to different age groups
  • How these techniques can help with clients who have co-morbid diagnoses
  • How to use these techniques with groups or individuals and in different types of psychological services: private practice, hospital units, classrooms, nursing facilities, etc.

This fresh approach will give you a complete set of tools to work with anxiety symptoms. Cutting-edge research tells clinicians not only what is new, but also tells us why what we have done best over the years works to help clients achieve positive results in therapy. In this seminar, you will learn, practice and be ready to apply 10 techniques that really work to stop symptoms of panic, worry and social anxiety.

These 10 proven methods can control most symptoms of panic, generalized anxiety and social anxiety. Through in-seminar practice and discussing case vignettes to illustrate their applications – you can make them strong, effective and lasting interventions. Methods that control physiology: diaphragmatic breathing, reducing tension, and mindful awareness to offset panic or acute anxiety can be easy to learn but not simple to apply. We will discuss how to make them effective with different age groups and difficult clients to obtain the best results for calming panic and dread. Likewise, controlling the cognitive problems of anxiety, such as catastrophizing or ruminatively worrying, challenge most with anxiety. Learn powerful techniques that cool off worry, and challenge faulty cognitions – the obstacles to improving panic and social anxiety. You can help your clients identify and change the ways they avoid their social anxiety. Case examples will clarify planned re-entry to triggering situations, handling the stress of preparation and conducting ‘in vivo exposure’.

Objectives:

  1. Use 10 important techniques that will help your clients “use the brain to change the brain”.
  2. Apply the 4 competencies of stress management to improve health, quality of life and reduce anxiety, including lifestyle changes, cognitive interventions and time management tools.
  3. Employ techniques to prevent panic: “Prepare to be there without the scare” and manage panic events so there is less fear of fear.
  4. Demonstrate how to make breathing really work and utilize relaxation methods in stress rebound.
  5. Illustrate how memory reconsolidation helps your clients identify their triggers and interrupt the common cognitions that set off panic attacks.
  6. Practice techniques to interrupt and “erase the trace” of persistent worries and understand how this changes the neurobiology of ruminative thinking.
  7. Apply cognitive interventions to manage perfectionism, procrastination and rigid approaches to problems.
  8. Select techniques for “calm, competent and confident” approaches to exposures and utilize memory reconsolidation principles that minimize social anxiety and increase successful participation in performance and everyday social experiences for all age groups.

 Register Here for the Seminar!

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2-Day: An Intensive 2-Day Workshop on: Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents – Little Rock, AR

The increasing rate of stress and trauma to children, which includes divorce, family breakdown, violence in society, the media, and a failing school system, has produced a “shell shocked” generation suffering from anxiety in many cases. The challenge for clinicians is to recognize anxiety in children and help them cope.

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., will teach you how and why anxiety develops in children and adolescents. She will present practical treatment strategies that can be applied immediately. The seven key anxiety disorders along with case examples to be addressed include:

  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Overanxious disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Other co-occurring disorders (e.g. behavior problems, medical conditions, depression, ADHD, learning disabilities, selective mutism) will also be discussed. Emphasis will be on creative interventions involving insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, biological, mindfulness, expressive arts and family systems approaches.

Objectives:

  1. Apply the “Three Ingredients” template for understanding how, why and when anxiety develops in children.
  2. Recognize and modify the sources of stress in children and adolescents.
  3. Explain the anxiety management skills to use with young clients.
  4. Identify effective treatment strategies for each of the seven key anxiety disorders.
  5. Identify steps that schools can take to reduce student anxiety.
  6. Apply self-regulation skills and strategies to children.

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2-Day: An Intensive 2-Day Workshop on: Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents – Northbrook, IL

The increasing rate of stress and trauma to children, which includes divorce, family breakdown, violence in society, the media, and a failing school system, has produced a “shell shocked” generation suffering from anxiety in many cases. The challenge for clinicians is to recognize anxiety in children and help them cope.

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., will teach you how and why anxiety develops in children and adolescents. She will present practical treatment strategies that can be applied immediately. The seven key anxiety disorders along with case examples to be addressed include:

  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Overanxious disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Other co-occurring disorders (e.g. behavior problems, medical conditions, depression, ADHD, learning disabilities, selective mutism) will also be discussed. Emphasis will be on creative interventions involving insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, biological, mindfulness, expressive arts and family systems approaches.

Objectives:

  1. Apply the “Three Ingredients” template for understanding how, why and when anxiety develops in children.
  2. Recognize and modify the sources of stress in children and adolescents.
  3. Explain the anxiety management skills to use with young clients.
  4. Identify effective treatment strategies for each of the seven key anxiety disorders.
  5. Identify steps that schools can take to reduce student anxiety.
  6. Apply self-regulation skills and strategies to children.

Register Here For The Seminar!

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2-Day: An Intensive 2-Day Workshop on: Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents – Oak Lawn, IL

The increasing rate of stress and trauma to children, which includes divorce, family breakdown, violence in society, the media, and a failing school system, has produced a “shell shocked” generation suffering from anxiety in many cases. The challenge for clinicians is to recognize anxiety in children and help them cope.

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., will teach you how and why anxiety develops in children and adolescents. She will present practical treatment strategies that can be applied immediately. The seven key anxiety disorders along with case examples to be addressed include:

  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Overanxious disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Other co-occurring disorders (e.g. behavior problems, medical conditions, depression, ADHD, learning disabilities, selective mutism) will also be discussed. Emphasis will be on creative interventions involving insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, biological, mindfulness, expressive arts and family systems approaches.

Objectives:

  1. Apply the “Three Ingredients” template for understanding how, why and when anxiety develops in children.
  2. Recognize and modify the sources of stress in children and adolescents.
  3. Explain the anxiety management skills to use with young clients.
  4. Identify effective treatment strategies for each of the seven key anxiety disorders.
  5. Identify steps that schools can take to reduce student anxiety.
  6. Apply self-regulation skills and strategies to children.

Register Here For The Seminar!

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Changing the ADHD Brain: Moving Beyond Medication – Huntsville, AL

Course Description:

Many persons diagnosed with ADHD prefer not to take medication. There are various reasons for this including side effects and concerns with long-term use. In this seminar, you will learn more about these reasons, as well as alternative interventions for ADHD.

Looking at ADHD from a developmental perspective, we will consider reasons for the apparent increase in ADHD diagnoses over the past two decades. By understanding the way the brain works in ADHD, you will be able to better identify a variety of strategies to significantly impact the nervous system and positively influence symptoms of ADHD in your clients.

Not only will you walk away with information about some of the most common non-medication interventions for ADHD such as computerized cognitive training, mindfulness meditation and neurofeedback, you will also learn a variety of practical strategies that can be implemented immediately and at low cost.

We will navigate the vast research on exercise, movement, diet, sleep, disruptive technologies, supplements and the impact of the environment on ADHD, summarizing the findings and applying the information to “real life”. You will leave this seminar with the tools and knowledge to develop a holistic approach to working with adults and children with ADHD.

Objectives:

  1. Recognize the benefits and drawbacks of non-medication treatments for ADHD versus medication treatment.
  2. Determine the most common non-medication treatments for ADHD.
  3. Identify the reasons why many patients/clients request non-medication treatments.
  4. Describe the safety and efficacy of non-medication treatments for ADHD.
  5. Determine whether the benefits of alternative treatments outweigh the costs to the patient/client.
  6. Discuss how nutraceuticals/supplements and diet may or may not influence symptoms of ADHD.

OUTLINE

Why Not Medication?

  • Useful as a short-term tool
  • Concerns with long-term use: Effects on the brain

ADHD and the “Immature” Brain

  • Brain imaging evidence of ADHD
  • Research regarding ADHD brain development
    • Frontal lobes mature more slowly in the ADHD brain
    • Excess theta brainwaves
  • Implications for treatment

Movement-Based Strategies

  • Wake up an underaroused ADHD brain
  • Hyperactivity as an adaptive mechanism
  • Play and exercise grow the brain
  • Role of rhythm and timing training
  • Integrated movement systems for ADHD
    • Yoga, martial arts, qigong

Frontal Lobe/Working Memory Strategic Tools

  • Use it or lose it: Brain training changes the brain
  • Games for impulse control and working memory
  • Computerized cognitive training programs
  • Meditation and mindfulness for ADHD
  • Neurofeedback: learning to change brainwaves

Diet and Nutrition

  • You are what you eat
  • Importance of proper sugars, fats, proteins and water
  • Studies show that proper diets increase dopamine while poor diets decrease dopamine
  • Omega 3-6-9: What you need to know for brain health
    • The evidence for effectiveness
  • Multivitamins/mineral: Do they make a difference
    • Food sensitives: the role of gluten
    • Food additives
    • Pesticides
      • Link with ADHD
      • Is organic really necessary?
    • Optimal diet for ADHD

ADHD and Nervous System Overstimulation

  • ”Overaroused” subtype of ADHD
  • Stress, anxiety and ADHD: the connection
  • Breathwork and movement for nervous system calming
  • Heart rate variability biofeedback
  • Use a mandalynth to quiet and focus the brain

Environmental Influences

  • Video games and Social Media
  • Sleep deprivation
    • Same symptoms as ADHD
    • Strategies to help insomnia
  • Environmental toxins: lead, phthalates, pollution
  • Nature Deficit Disorder: time outdoors helps with multiple ADHD concerns

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Changing the ADHD Brain: Moving Beyond Medication – Birmingham, AL

Course Description:

Many persons diagnosed with ADHD prefer not to take medication. There are various reasons for this including side effects and concerns with long-term use. In this seminar, you will learn more about these reasons, as well as alternative interventions for ADHD.

Looking at ADHD from a developmental perspective, we will consider reasons for the apparent increase in ADHD diagnoses over the past two decades. By understanding the way the brain works in ADHD, you will be able to better identify a variety of strategies to significantly impact the nervous system and positively influence symptoms of ADHD in your clients.

Not only will you walk away with information about some of the most common non-medication interventions for ADHD such as computerized cognitive training, mindfulness meditation and neurofeedback, you will also learn a variety of practical strategies that can be implemented immediately and at low cost.

We will navigate the vast research on exercise, movement, diet, sleep, disruptive technologies, supplements and the impact of the environment on ADHD, summarizing the findings and applying the information to “real life”. You will leave this seminar with the tools and knowledge to develop a holistic approach to working with adults and children with ADHD.

Objectives:

  1. Recognize the benefits and drawbacks of non-medication treatments for ADHD versus medication treatment.
  2. Determine the most common non-medication treatments for ADHD.
  3. Identify the reasons why many patients/clients request non-medication treatments.
  4. Describe the safety and efficacy of non-medication treatments for ADHD.
  5. Determine whether the benefits of alternative treatments outweigh the costs to the patient/client.
  6. Discuss how nutraceuticals/supplements and diet may or may not influence symptoms of ADHD.

OUTLINE

Why Not Medication?

  • Useful as a short-term tool
  • Concerns with long-term use: Effects on the brain

ADHD and the “Immature” Brain

  • Brain imaging evidence of ADHD
  • Research regarding ADHD brain development
    • Frontal lobes mature more slowly in the ADHD brain
    • Excess theta brainwaves
  • Implications for treatment

Movement-Based Strategies

  • Wake up an underaroused ADHD brain
  • Hyperactivity as an adaptive mechanism
  • Play and exercise grow the brain
  • Role of rhythm and timing training
  • Integrated movement systems for ADHD
    • Yoga, martial arts, qigong

Frontal Lobe/Working Memory Strategic Tools

  • Use it or lose it: Brain training changes the brain
  • Games for impulse control and working memory
  • Computerized cognitive training programs
  • Meditation and mindfulness for ADHD
  • Neurofeedback: learning to change brainwaves

Diet and Nutrition

  • You are what you eat
  • Importance of proper sugars, fats, proteins and water
  • Studies show that proper diets increase dopamine while poor diets decrease dopamine
  • Omega 3-6-9: What you need to know for brain health
    • The evidence for effectiveness
  • Multivitamins/mineral: Do they make a difference
    • Food sensitives: the role of gluten
    • Food additives
    • Pesticides
      • Link with ADHD
      • Is organic really necessary?
    • Optimal diet for ADHD

ADHD and Nervous System Overstimulation

  • ”Overaroused” subtype of ADHD
  • Stress, anxiety and ADHD: the connection
  • Breathwork and movement for nervous system calming
  • Heart rate variability biofeedback
  • Use a mandalynth to quiet and focus the brain

Environmental Influences

  • Video games and Social Media
  • Sleep deprivation
    • Same symptoms as ADHD
    • Strategies to help insomnia
  • Environmental toxins: lead, phthalates, pollution
  • Nature Deficit Disorder: time outdoors helps with multiple ADHD concerns

Register Here for the Seminar!

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Changing the ADHD Brain: Moving Beyond Medication – Montgomery, AL

Course Description:

Many persons diagnosed with ADHD prefer not to take medication. There are various reasons for this including side effects and concerns with long-term use. In this seminar, you will learn more about these reasons, as well as alternative interventions for ADHD.

Looking at ADHD from a developmental perspective, we will consider reasons for the apparent increase in ADHD diagnoses over the past two decades. By understanding the way the brain works in ADHD, you will be able to better identify a variety of strategies to significantly impact the nervous system and positively influence symptoms of ADHD in your clients.

Not only will you walk away with information about some of the most common non-medication interventions for ADHD such as computerized cognitive training, mindfulness meditation and neurofeedback, you will also learn a variety of practical strategies that can be implemented immediately and at low cost.

We will navigate the vast research on exercise, movement, diet, sleep, disruptive technologies, supplements and the impact of the environment on ADHD, summarizing the findings and applying the information to “real life”. You will leave this seminar with the tools and knowledge to develop a holistic approach to working with adults and children with ADHD.

Objectives:

  1. Recognize the benefits and drawbacks of non-medication treatments for ADHD versus medication treatment.
  2. Determine the most common non-medication treatments for ADHD.
  3. Identify the reasons why many patients/clients request non-medication treatments.
  4. Describe the safety and efficacy of non-medication treatments for ADHD.
  5. Determine whether the benefits of alternative treatments outweigh the costs to the patient/client.
  6. Discuss how nutraceuticals/supplements and diet may or may not influence symptoms of ADHD.

OUTLINE

Why Not Medication?

  • Useful as a short-term tool
  • Concerns with long-term use: Effects on the brain

ADHD and the “Immature” Brain

  • Brain imaging evidence of ADHD
  • Research regarding ADHD brain development
    • Frontal lobes mature more slowly in the ADHD brain
    • Excess theta brainwaves
  • Implications for treatment

Movement-Based Strategies

  • Wake up an underaroused ADHD brain
  • Hyperactivity as an adaptive mechanism
  • Play and exercise grow the brain
  • Role of rhythm and timing training
  • Integrated movement systems for ADHD
    • Yoga, martial arts, qigong

Frontal Lobe/Working Memory Strategic Tools

  • Use it or lose it: Brain training changes the brain
  • Games for impulse control and working memory
  • Computerized cognitive training programs
  • Meditation and mindfulness for ADHD
  • Neurofeedback: learning to change brainwaves

Diet and Nutrition

  • You are what you eat
  • Importance of proper sugars, fats, proteins and water
  • Studies show that proper diets increase dopamine while poor diets decrease dopamine
  • Omega 3-6-9: What you need to know for brain health
    • The evidence for effectiveness
  • Multivitamins/mineral: Do they make a difference
    • Food sensitives: the role of gluten
    • Food additives
    • Pesticides
      • Link with ADHD
      • Is organic really necessary?
    • Optimal diet for ADHD

ADHD and Nervous System Overstimulation

  • ”Overaroused” subtype of ADHD
  • Stress, anxiety and ADHD: the connection
  • Breathwork and movement for nervous system calming
  • Heart rate variability biofeedback
  • Use a mandalynth to quiet and focus the brain

Environmental Influences

  • Video games and Social Media
  • Sleep deprivation
    • Same symptoms as ADHD
    • Strategies to help insomnia
  • Environmental toxins: lead, phthalates, pollution
  • Nature Deficit Disorder: time outdoors helps with multiple ADHD concerns

Register Here for the Seminar!

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2-Day: An Intensive 2-Day Workshop on: Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents – St. Loius, MO

The increasing rate of stress and trauma to children, which includes divorce, family breakdown, violence in society, the media, and a failing school system, has produced a “shell shocked” generation suffering from anxiety in many cases. The challenge for clinicians is to recognize anxiety in children and help them cope.

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., will teach you how and why anxiety develops in children and adolescents. She will present practical treatment strategies that can be applied immediately. The seven key anxiety disorders along with case examples to be addressed include:

  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Overanxious disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Other co-occurring disorders (e.g. behavior problems, medical conditions, depression, ADHD, learning disabilities, selective mutism) will also be discussed. Emphasis will be on creative interventions involving insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, biological, mindfulness, expressive arts and family systems approaches.

Objectives:

  1. Apply the “Three Ingredients” template for understanding how, why and when anxiety develops in children.
  2. Recognize and modify the sources of stress in children and adolescents.
  3. Explain the anxiety management skills to use with young clients.
  4. Identify effective treatment strategies for each of the seven key anxiety disorders.
  5. Identify steps that schools can take to reduce student anxiety.
  6. Apply self-regulation skills and strategies to children.

Register Here For The Seminar!

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Being a victim of emotional abuse specifically leads to a significant increase in depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. As a collaborative professional, it is imperative that you ask about a person’s history of abuse, including emotional/psychological abuse. Surviving emotional abuse can impact problem-solving style, and this needs to be taken into account when determining the best way to help clients.

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