Anxiety represents our body’s natural alarm system, signalling 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. 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 to all ages, and help address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social aspects of anxiety.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Anxiety and its Natural Purpose
  • The Nature of Stress, Fear, and Anxiety
  • Understanding the Stress Response System
  • Statistics: Prevalence and Trends
  • Overview of Working with Anxiety
  • Body-Oriented Anxiety Reduction Strategies
  • Mind-Body Anxiety Reduction Strategies
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Anxiety Reduction Strategies
  • Working to Expand Social Skills
  • Building a New Pattern: Steps Toward Change

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone working with those who struggle with anxiety.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the definition and role of anxiety
  • Identify when anxiety is becoming more ‘disordered’
  • Describe how anxiety manifests in the brain and nervous system
  • Recognize signs of regulation
  • Identify an integrated plan for treating anxiety
  • Apply strategies for increasing regulation and reducing anxiety