The New Face of Anxiety: Treating Anxiety Disorders in the Age of Text
Digital Seminar

The New Face of Anxiety: Treating Anxiety Disorders in the Age of Texting, Social Media and 24/7 Internet Access


Faculty:
Margaret Wehrenberg
Duration:
6 Hours 22 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright :
Dec 13, 2018
Product Code:
POS054255
Media Type:
Digital Seminar - Also available: Live Webcast


Description

Texting rather than talking. Gathering “likes” and followers. Making friends via a gaming console. Unrelenting 24/7 news cycles. 

Ready or not, the rise of social media and 24/7 Internet access has changed the way we relate to one another (and ourselves), leaving in its wake a whole new set of challenges for those who use it.   As therapists, you see people of all ages with these issues:   The girl who can’t put her phone away during session. The boy who isn’t sleeping after reading messages on social media.

“Friends” of all ages who shame each other for life choices and argue by text.  The socially anxious young adult who struggles to meet people in person because all of his “friends” are online.  The parent who has to contend with “Facebook shaming” for every parenting decision.  The older adult who feels out of touch and disconnected.  The impact is rampant and pervasive – as a result, treatment of anxiety doesn’t look the same anymore.  

Watch this unique and engaging recording to learn innovative ways to treat this new facet of anxiety with today’s client. 

You’ll discover:

  • Key questions to ask at assessment to uncover problematic use of technology
  • How excessive screen time effects mood, anxiety and self-worth in clients of all ages
  • Tools to help clients regulate their emotions and make wise decisions (on and offline)
  • Innovative techniques for promoting healthy use of technology with clients
  • Deliberate strategies for managing time, device use and “information overload”

Credits

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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards


Addiction Counselors

NAADAC

This self-study course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.


Connecticut Addiction Counselors

Provider #120924. This course has been approved as a CCB approved training and has been awarded 6.25 hours by the Connecticut Certification Board.


California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CCAPP-EI, Provider #: OS-03-036-1019. This activity meets the qualifications for 6.0 CEH's (continuing education hours).


Counselors

This intermediate self-study activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


New York Counselors

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This self-study activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance


Texas Counselors

PESI, Inc. has been approved as a continuing education sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Provider #: 2477. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 continuing education credits.


South Carolina Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists

This program has been approved for 6.0 continuing education hours by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists. Approval #4540.


Marriage & Family Therapists

This self-study activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this self-study activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 


Illinois Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. has been approved as a provider of continuing education by the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. Provider #:168-000156. Full attendance at this self-study activity qualifies for 6.0 credits.


New York Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0024. This self-study activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance


Texas Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. has been approved as a continuing education sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. Provider # 503. This self-study package qualifies for 6.0 continuing education credits.


California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 6.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.


Florida Nurses

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 6.0 self-study contact hours.

 

**FLORIDA PARTICIPANTS ONLY: To be reported to CE Broker, while completing the online post-test/evaluation, please answer YES to the question: “Do you need your hours reported to FL CE Broker?” and include your complete license number when you are prompted (i.e. MH1234, RN9876543, OT159, etc.). After completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, your information will automatically be sent to cepesi@pesi.com to be reported. If you forget to answer yes, please send an email to cepesi@pesi.com with the following information: full title of the activity, speaker name, date of live broadcast, date you completed the post-test, and your name and your license number. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing.


Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 6.3 self-study contact hours. Please email cepesi@pesi.com with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a  provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s  Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 6.3 contact hours. Expires: 12/13/2021.


Psychologists

This self-study activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education. PESI, Inc. designates this self-study activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 12/13/2018. It was last reviewed on 09/06/2018 and is valid until 09/06/2021.

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.


Canadian Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. This program is approved for 6.0 self-study continuing education hours.


Florida Psychologists

PESI, Inc., is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Psychology. Provider Number BAP #77. This product qualifies for 6.3 self-study continuing education credits.

**FLORIDA PARTICIPANTS ONLY: To be reported to CE Broker, while completing the online post-test/evaluation, please answer YES to the question: “Do you need your hours reported to FL CE Broker?” and include your complete license number when you are prompted (i.e. MH1234, RN9876543, OT159, etc.). After completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, your information will automatically be sent to cepesi@pesi.com to be reported. If you forget to answer yes, please send an email to cepesi@pesi.com with the following information: full title of the activity, speaker name, date of live broadcast, date you completed the post-test, and your name and your license number. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing.


Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 (Clinical Practice) continuing education credits for completing this intermediate level course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation. Full attendance is required. No partial credit will be offered for partial attendance. 


Canadian Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 (Clinical Practice) continuing education credits for completing this intermediate level self-study course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation. Full attendance is required. No partial credit will be offered for partial attendance. Canadian provinces may accept activities approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.


Colorado Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Provider #1413. This self-study course has been approved for 6.3 continuing education hours. 

 

COLORADO PARTICIPANTS ONLY: To be reported to the Colorado Chapter of the NASW, after completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, please contact cepesi@pesi.com and provide the full title of the activity, speaker name, date of live broadcast, your name and your license number in the email.


Illinois Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. License #: 159-000154. Successful completion of this self-study activity qualifies for 6.0 contact hours.


Kansas Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. Provider #14-006. This self-study course has been approved for 6.0 continuing education hours.


Minnesota Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Minnesota, Board of Social Work. Provider #: CEP-140. This self-study package has been approved for 6.0 continuing education hours. This certificate has been issued upon successful completion of a post-test.


New York Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This self-study activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. 


Ohio Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider approval #: RCST071001. Successful completion of this self-study course meets the qualifications for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education credit.


Pennsylvania Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists

This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


California Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Educational Psychologists

This intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


Florida Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number BAP #77. This self-study course qualifies for 6.25 continuing education credits.

**FLORIDA PARTICIPANTS ONLY: To be reported to CE Broker, while completing the online post-test/evaluation, please answer YES to the question: “Do you need your hours reported to FL CE Broker?” and include your complete license number when you are prompted (i.e. MH1234, RN9876543, OT159, etc.). After completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, your information will automatically be sent to cepesi@pesi.com to be reported. If you forget to answer yes, please send an email to cepesi@pesi.com with the following information: full title of the activity, speaker name, date of live broadcast, date you completed the post-test, and your name and your license number. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing.
Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.


Handouts

Faculty

Margaret Wehrenberg Related seminars and products: 5

Psy.D., Psychologist

Wehrenberg and Associates


Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, is the author of numerous books on the treatment of anxiety and depression, including You Can Handle It: 10 Steps to Shift Stress from Problem to Possibility (PESI, 2017) and The 10 Best Anxiety Busters (W. W. Norton, 2015).

An expert on the treatment of anxiety and depression, she also has extensive training and expertise in the neurobiology of psychological disorders. She earned her M.A. specializing in psychodrama and play therapy with children. Dr. Wehrenberg has years of experience as a drug and alcoholism counselor, working with the U.S. Army in Germany and Lutheran Social Services in Illinois. She also has training in trauma treatment, EMDR and Thought Field Therapy. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Naperville, IL , specializing in treating anxiety.

In addition to clinical work, she coaches business professionals on managing anxiety, she frequently contributes articles for The Psychotherapy Networker magazine, and she has produced Relaxation for Tension and Worry, a CD for breathing, muscle relaxation and imagery to use with anxious clients. Her book The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques, 2nd Edition (W. W. Norton, 2018), is a consistent top seller for anxiety management.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Margaret Wehrenberg maintains a private practice.  She is an author with W.W. Norton publishing and receives royalties.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-financial: Margaret Wehrenberg is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Anxiety Disorder Association of America.


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Objectives

  1. Evaluate the impact persistent “screen time” exposure can have on the neurobiological and psychological health of clients. 
  2. Implement strategies to effectively reduce excessive use of technology that leads to avoidance and increased anxiety. 
  3. Increase clients’ capacity to utilize technology in a healthy manner to decrease risk of anxiety and other mental health symptoms. 
  4. Establish clinical practices that decrease rumination and build resilience to the stress of the digital world. 
  5. Teach clients five strategies for overcoming irrational fears of social interaction in order to improve clinical outcomes.   
  6. Implement cognitive-behavioral strategies for challenging distorted beliefs and the “comparison fallacy” as related to online interactions.

Outline

NeurobiologyThe Impact of 24/7 Internet and “Information Overload”

  • Is it an addiction?  The role of dopamine
  • Variable interval rewards:  The most powerful reinforcement
  • Perpetual state of “fight or flight”
  • Impact of technology on the prefrontal cortex
  • “Multi-tasking”:  Changing the landscape of learning
  • The impact of screen time on rumination
  • Impulse control at all ages:  Instant v. delayed gratification

Why the Increase in Anxiety? 

Understand the Problem to Help Clients Find Solutions

  • The psychological hook of “checking in”
  • Broad skills deficits for coping with normal situations
  • Collective anxiety due to 24/7 news cycles
  • Generational differences
  • Illusions of perfection online
  • New fears created/exacerbated by digital media:
    • Negative evaluation/rejection
    • Having behavior recorded or posted publicly
    • Fear of missing out (FOMO)
    • Confrontation
    • Taking on responsibilities (“Adulting”)
    • Nomophobia
  • Use of technology to avoid emotional experiences
  • The meaning of “friend” has changed
  • Cyberbullying at all ages:  The power of anonymity

Strategies that Promote Healthy Use of Technology

  • Key questions that uncover anxiety related to digital media use
  • Techniques for providing meaningful psychoeducation
  • Use “demand delays” to diminish impact of rapid screen shifting
  • Tools for setting device boundaries to create more balance
  • “Be still” techniques to tolerate time away from devices

Therapy Tools to Improve Emotional Regulation, Reduce Anxiety and Build Self-Worth

Exposure Therapy/Coaching

  • Avoid avoidance!
  • How to provide meaningful psychoeducation
  • The 3 C’s:  Calm, Competent and Confident
  • Accurate anticipation:  The power of imagination exposure
  • Techniques for teaching social skills
  • 5 ways to overcome fears of social situations
  • Utilize FOMO (fear of missing out) as a tool for goal development
  • Address “adulting” fears

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy     

  • Challenge the “comparison fallacy” of online interactions                
    Identify and challenge distorted beliefs about the self
  • Create new self-talk by changing the script
  • Combat perfectionism and procrastination
  • Ellis’ ABCD approach to identify inhibiting beliefs

Stress Management         

  • Eliminate the stressor – incorporate media “time outs”
  • Manage time and environment
  • Shifting attitudes

Relaxation and Mindfulness        

  • Skills for calming the persistently vigilant nervous system
  • Interrupt rumination and build resilience
  • Apps that promote calming breathing techniques

Clinical Considerations

  • Identify and address personal bias/countertransference issues
  • Between-session recommendations that reinforce skills
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

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

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Overall:     4.6

Total Reviews: 51

Comments

Lynda B - WINONA, Minnesota

"This was an excellent program and Margaret Wehrenberg is a wonderful speaker! The information was extremely relevant."

Diane N - Las Vegas, Nevada

"Wonderful and invaluable thank you!"

Nicole B - SCRANTON, Pennsylvania

"This was my first time attending a live webinar for CE credits and it was excellent. I'm not great at technology, but so far this experience has gone very smoothly. The course itself was interesting and informative. I am excited to use the information and ideas I learned from this course in my practice. "

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