Anxiety represents our body’s natural alarm system, signaling to us the possibility of danger. When this response arises too frequently or intensely and doesn’t match actual situations of danger, it can interfere with life and cause great distress. While every person experiences anxiety, it is estimated that over a quarter of the population will experience anxiety at levels that cause distress in their lives. There is also an increasing concern for rising anxiety among children, youth and elders. This workshop will explore when anxiety is adaptive and in order, compared to when it becomes disordered. Participants will learn practical and accessible strategies which can be applied across the lifespan and address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social aspects of anxiety.
About This Workshop
- Anxiety and Its Natural Purpose
- Stress, Fear and Anxiety
- Connection to Patterns of Anxiety
- The Stress Response System
- Prevalence and Trends
- Overview of Working with Anxiety
- Focus on the Body
- Focus on the Mind-Body Connection
- Focus on the Thinking Mind
- Expanding Social Skills
- Building a New Pattern: Steps Toward Change
- Anxiety and the Elderly
- General Considerations
- Application to Your Work
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Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study exercises, skill development and small group discussion.
This is an introductory level workshop intended for social workers, social service and health care professionals, teachers, parents, and anyone working with people who struggle with anxiety.