Full Course Description

Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional: Two-Day Competency Training

Transform your practice with this intensive 2-day Anxiety Treatment Certification Training and get the skills, proven strategies, and interventions you need to take your treatment of anxiety to the next level!

You’ll learn how to more skillfully assess clients, differentiate between various anxiety presentations, fully engage clients in treatment, and effectively use tools from CBT, mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and contemplative practices to enhance clinical outcomes.

And expert guidance on combining brain-based principles, body-oriented techniques and traditional psychotherapeutic approaches will change the way you work with challenging clients whose anxiety is exacerbated by shame, self-judgement, and attachment issues.

Best of all, upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) through Evergreen Certifications. Certification lets colleagues, employers, and clients know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of anxiety counseling. Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/CCATP for details.

Purchase today, get the proven tools and techniques needed to move your most challenging anxiety clients forward!


  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99 value)*!
  • Simply complete this seminar and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*

Attendees will receive documentation of CCATP certification from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following the program.
*Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/CCATP for professional requirements.

Program Information


  1. Establish how stories and metaphors can be used as psychoeducational tools to explain the physiology of anxiety, and how contemplative approaches impact the anxious brain and body.
  2. Articulate distinctions in differentiating among anxiety disorders and assessing physical symptomatology.
  3. Provide an explanation of how medication impacts neuroplasticity and determine when medication serves to enhance or derail anxiety treatment.
  4. Specify how individualized, awareness-based interventions can be used by clinicians to enhance client efforts towards change and reduce avoidance.
  5. Communicate how evidence-based contemplative approaches can address self-judgment, worry, and negative thinking that can exacerbate anxiety symptoms.
  6. Characterize how visual meditations can increase clients’ ability to focus attention and reduce rumination.
  7. Analyze the research on the impacts of meditative movement on anxiety symptomology.
  8. Establish how breathing practices can interrupt obsessive thinking, ritualized behaviors, and reassurance seeking.
  9. Specify how treatment plans that employ reframing techniques can interrupt anxiety-producing thoughts.
  10. Assess whether attachment style impacts treatment outcomes amongst clients undergoing treatment for social anxiety disorder.
  11. Communicate how script-based, brief deep relaxation exercises can be implemented to increase feelings of safety and enhance emotional regulation.
  12. Explore how journaling can be used as a clinical tool to shift clients away from anxious thoughts and toward action-oriented change.


The Neurophysiology of Anxiety

  • Cognitive & amygdala pathways to anxiety
  • Autonomic nervous system responses
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Serotonin, dopamine and neurotransmitters
  • The role of brain derived neurotropic factors
  • The impacts of sleep and nutrition on the anxious brain
Assessment and Differential Diagnosis
  • DSM-5 classification of anxiety Disorder
  • Assessment from the whole person perspective
  • Clinical approaches for ambiguous anxiety presentations
    • Phobia vs. OCD
    • Trauma, Axis II, or both?
    • Distinguish anxiety from agitated depression
Biological Treatment of Anxiety: Impacts of Psychopharmacology & Nutraceuticals
  • How medication impacts neuroplasticity
  • Frequently prescribed medications
  • Common side effects
  • Evidence-based supplements
From Avoidance to Proactivity: Strategies to Engage and Sustain Client Motivation
  • Illustrate neuroscience concepts with stories & metaphors
  • Link contemplative practices to brain change
  • Address impasses with awareness based interviewing
  • Reframes – replacing old neural patterns
  • Co-create meaningful, values based-goals
Motivational Interviewing for Anxiety Treatment: Mobilizing & Sustaining Change
  • Elicit change talk
  • Elaborate on change indicators
  • Coalesce motivation for exposure treatment
  • Renew motivation when fear arises
Techniques to Address the Cognitive Pathway to Anxiety
  • Strategies to dismantle automatic thoughts, core beliefs
  • How to unwind troublesome thinking patterns
  • When life feels overwhelming – stemming the tide techniques
  • Apply Chain Analysis – when and how
Relaxation Skills: Help Clients Develop an Anxiety Resistant Brain
  • Wire in relaxed, alert mood with deep relaxation
  • Letting go with moment to moment exercises
  • Breath and movement strategies to deactivate panic
Antidotes to Shame, Guilt and Self-Judgement
  • How shame and self-judgement exacerbate anxiety
  • Tools to identify anxiety fuel
  • Appropriate & inappropriate guilt
  • Anxiety interventions for the shame prone client
  • Ease shame intensity with body witnessing and observing skills
  • Self-compassion inquiry - inviting in parts of the self
  • Counteract anxiety with gratitude
Attachment Anxiety
  • Untangle developmental roots
  • Contemplative applications - the Polyvagal Theory
  • Techniques to prime secure attachment
Movement and Visual Meditations for Anxiety Relief
  • Visual meditations for specific clinical concerns
  • Prepare with movement, imagery and sound
  • Draw from inner resources
  • Instill a new perspective with movement and writing
  • Individualized follow-up assignments
Mindful Recovery Tools for GAD and Social Anxiety
  • Three steps for moving from reactivity to responsiveness
  • Interrupt the worry cycle: from the meditation cushion to daily life
  • Mindful exploration – predictions vs. what happened
  • Bring curiosity to perceptions
  • Prime secure attachment for social anxiety
Meditation for OCD Management
  • How clients can recognize excessiveness
  • Titrate exposure with breathing practices
  • Reduce repetition with mindful response prevention
  • Overcome obsession with mantra & breath
Research and Limitations

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 02/17/2022

Disrupting Rumination: Changing Anxiety Cognitions

Overactive brain circuitry can trap clients in cycles of rumination that can keep them anxious and depressed. Letting go of ruminating worries, or banishing persistent thoughts, like I’m not good enough or I’m worthless, isn’t easy for clients and when ruminations don’t shift, therapists can begin to feel stuck themselves.

Watch Margaret Wehrenberg and she will examine why clients lock into depressive thought patterns and why they feel they need to hold on to worry. You will learn practical interventions to use in-session for eliminating these patterns and replacing them with attitudes of calm and competency.

Program Information


  1. Articulate methods to help clients identify perfectionism in thought and behavior and explore treatment interventions to decrease symptoms of anxiety.
  2. Implement strategies for stress management to reduce symptoms of anxiety in clients, including lifestyle changes, cognitive interventions and time management tools.
  3. Evaluate the negative impact of rumination on the brain structure and function to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  4. Ascertain the underlying neurological processes that impact depression symptoms in clients.


Rumination as The Link Between Anxiety and Depression

  • Brief look at brain structure/function contributions
  • The purpose of worry: cognitive mis-steps
  • Explore the impact of guilt and interventions for guilt
Manage Worry
  • Contain your worry in time
  • Invite the worry
  • Identify and alter “magical worry”
The Impact of Stress and 4 Competencies to Prevent Stress Damage on Health, Anxiety and Depression
  • Eliminate the Stressor
  • Manage time and environment
  • Manage Attitude
  • Practice Rest and Relaxation
Perfectionism and the Too Much Activity (TMA) person
  • Perfectionism in thought and behavior and interrupt its negative effects
  • When procrastination is perfectionism in disguise
A look at Depression - Raising Energy and Altering Cognitions
  • Altering the neural networks that keep rumination in place
“Born to be blue” - Spotting and altering the impact of endogenous depression
  • Change the network on purpose - “Start where you already are”
  • "Charge the batteries” to raise energy
Situational Stressors
  • Setting boundaries and utilizing help
  • Mobilizing energy to respond
Interrupt helplessness
  • Utilize mentors or lifelines
  • Focus on strengths
Positive Impacts of Early Life Adversity
  • Prepare to stay connected
  • Changing Explanatory style
  • Gratitude assignments

Target Audience

Psychologists, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals

Copyright : 03/23/2018

The New Exposure Therapy

Specific training on how to effectively implement exposure and response prevention for obsessive compulsive disorder and related anxiety disorders and related disorders is rare, and data suggest that even when individuals are trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, they often do not use exposure, or do not use it appropriately. In addition, the relative rarity of well-trained ERP practitioners makes it extremely difficult for OCD sufferers to find appropriate care, and many often wait years to get treatment. Finally, recent research on inhibitory learning, or how exposure works, suggests specific guidelines for amplifying treatment efficacy. Thus, this training serves a specific need in the field.

Program Information


  1. Evaluate exposure and response prevention and its efficacy.
  2. Determine the inhibitory learning model of exposure therapies.
  3. Analyze how exposure works from the perspective of inhibitory learning.
  4. Design and conduct exposure exercises that support inhibitory learning.


  • How to structure exposure and response prevention hierarchies and "menus" consistent with inhibitory learning principles
  • How to support expectancy violation
  • How to minimize covert avoidance during exposure exercises
  • How to improve generalization and maintenance

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 12/04/2020