Full Course Description

Rewire the Anxious Brain: 
Certificate Course in Applied Neuroscience for Treating Anxiety, Panic, and Worry

Program Information


  1. Explain to clients the neurological processes underlying anxiety in a clearly understandable manner that enhances client motivation.
  2. Incorporate personalized goals to increase client engagement and focus client efforts on making lasting changes in the brain.
  3. Characterize the differences between amygdala-based and cortex-based anxiety symptoms in order to select the most effective treatment interventions.
  4. Individualize practical and evidence-based methods to resist anxiety and improve symptom management in clients.
  5. Teach strategies for calming the amygdala without use of medication to improve client level of functioning.
  6. Recommend exposure-based strategies that change the amygdala responses to triggers to reduce anxiety symptoms.
  7. Employ a variety of strategies to improve clinical outcomes utilizing evidence-based strategies that target cortex-based responding, including cognitive restructuring, psychoeducation, cognitive defusion, distraction, and mindfulness.
  8. Differentiate symptom-producing cognitions characteristic of specific disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as it relates to case conceptualization.
  9. Relate the clinical implications of how SSRIs and SNRIs promote the process of treating anxiety.
  10. Identify detrimental effects of benzodiazepines as it relates to anxiety treatment outcomes.
  11. Differentiate between rebound anxiety and relapse symptoms to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  12. Breakdown the key elements of mindfulness practices in managing symptoms of anxiety.
  13. Present client education exercises that can be utilized in session to train clients in the use of mindfulness techniques.
  14. Recognize common reactions to aversion and utilize clinical strategies to replace them with mindfulness.
  15. Reframe exposure as an opportunity to teach the amygdala new responses in order to improve client engagement and treatment compliance.
  16. Utilize clinical strategies for exposure that reduce avoidance and train clients to push through anxiety.
  17. Employ effective strategies for reducing anxiety symptoms utilizing imaginal and in vivo exposure, including use of SUDS and attention to interceptive triggers.
  18. Provide clinical strategies for managing comorbid depression that reduce worry, rumination, and common cognitive errors while promoting positive thinking and social interaction.
  19. Use cognitive restructuring and cognitive strategies for managing symptoms of OCD and GAD that focus on scheduling obsession/worries and promote client acceptance of uncertainty.
  20. Implement interventions in a clinical setting that use a reconsolidation approach to reactivate a symptom-producing memory and disconfirm it.



Module 1: Using Neuroscience in the Treatment of Anxiety

Using Neuroscience in the Treatment of Anxiety

Enhancing the Engagement of Anxious or Avoidant Clients in Treatment

The Promise of Neuroplasticity

Identifying Two Neural Pathways to Anxiety

Module 2: Working with the Amygdala

Explaining the Amygdala’s Role in Anxiety

Managing the Amygdala

Limitations and Risks in Neuroscience-Informed Treatment of Anxiety

Module 3: Managing the Cortex

Explaining the Cortex’s Role in Anxiety

Managing the Cortex

Module 4: Medications in the Treatment of Anxiety

Medications Overview

Medications and Anxiety Treatments

Module 5: Exposure Strategies for Teaching the Amygdala

Teaching the Amygdala

Exposure Strategies

Module 6: Mindfulness in the Anxious Brain

Introducing mindfulness to clients

Incorporating mindfulness as a tool in treatment

Mindfulness exercises for the anxious brain

Module 7: Neuropsychologically Informed CBT

Neuropsychologically Informed CBT approaches

Module 8: Treating Comorbid Depression

Treating Comorbid Depression

Module 9: Cognitive Restructuring Interventions

Cognitive Restructuring:  Interventions for OCD and GAD

Module 10: Using Reconsolidation Approaches

Using Reconsolidation Approaches

Copyright : 06/30/2018