020. Practical Tools to Thrive Against Anxiety and Stress in Challenging Times
We live in a time of political unrest, violence, economic instability, and loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, Americans report high levels of prolonged stress and anxiety. This workshop will present a skills-based approach to address stress and anxiety by changing the brain. Based on clinical neuroscience, we will discuss how the brain responds to stress, worry, fear, and anxiety; identify the two pathways to anxiety in the brain; explain how to counteract those responses by resisting anxiety versus igniting it; and how psychologists and other licensed mental health professionals can apply evidence-based techniques that calm the sympathetic nervous system and reconsolidate brain changes. Finally, we will summarize how to develop a growth mindset utilizing gratitude, locus of control, hope, and optimism to build resiliency.
- Explain basic neuroscience related to brain changes (neuroplasticity) in the treatment of stress and anxiety to clients in a way they can understand
- Describe how the parasympathetic nervous system works to calm stress and anxiety using polyvagal theory and the power of connection
- Apply evidence-based strategies for both amygdala-based and cortex-based anxiety
- Compare and contrast a growth vs. fixed mindset and utilize strategies to build resiliency, such as lifestyle changes, Christian spiritual practices, and positive emotions
070. Hope-focused Suicide Prevention: Risk Assessment Tools, Intervention Skills, and Survivor Support
PRESENTERSCREDENTIALSCE CREDITSLEVELSummary Suicide is a major public health issue in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), suicide rates rose 33% between 1999 and 2019. It is critical for all psychologists, licensed mental health...
PRESENTERSCREDENTIALSCE CREDITSLEVELSummary The field of professional Christian coaching continues to be a growing opportunity to partner with others in transforming lives, especially during these challenging times. However, maybe the idea of starting a thriving...
PRESENTERSCREDENTIALSCE CREDITSLEVELSummary Attachment theory holds tremendous potential in the case of conceptualization and treatment of various forms of psychopathology, including childhood problems, relationship conflicts, chronic depression, anxiety disorders,...
030. Addiction, Substance Abuse, and Compulsive Behavior: Assessment, Treatment, and Effective Tools for Recovery
PRESENTERSCREDENTIALSCE CREDITSLEVELSummary Addiction and other compulsive behaviors have devastating effects on individuals, families, communities, and cultures. Biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of persons are involved in the progression...
022. Rising Together: Christian Counselors and Clergy Serving as Human Rights Advocates for Communities of Color
PRESENTERSCREDENTIALSCE CREDITSLEVELSummary Recent data suggest an increase in the number of African-Americans seeking therapy. There are also reports that African-Americans are terminating therapy early. Additional research is needed to understand both the increase...
PRESENTERSCREDENTIALSCE CREDITSLEVELSummary The focus of this workshop will be on “moral injury” in the setting of moderate to severe trauma. Moral injury is a relatively new term in the psychological world, although it is closely related to what used to be called...