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Defeating the Anxious Mind: Neuroscience-Informed Treatment of Anxiety, Panic and Worry

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About the Course

Watch neuroscience and anxiety expert, Dr. Janene M. Donarski, and learn her keys for successful anxiety treatment. Dr. Donarski integrates brain-based strategies for calming the anxious mind with client communication techniques that motivate change in your clients. Janene’s approach promotes treatment adherence and strengthens the therapeutic alliance – which is essential when working with anxious, worried, traumatized, or obsessive clients. There is so much educational information in the past 10 years on anxiety treatments that was not learned in education forums prior, including what is best practice, what works, medications that inhibit the treatment of anxiety disorders as well as medications that assist anxiety treatment, and immediate applicable treatment care that can reduce a patient’s anxiety within minutes. This program addresses this content and what the participants learn will benefit them in their daily contact with patients and the care patients receive.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, Defeating the Anxious Mind: Neuroscience-Informed Treatment of Anxiety, Panic and Worry created by Janene Donarski in 2024.

Publication Date:

First Apr 2024

Course Material Author

Janene Donarski, course creator

Dr. Janene M. Donarski, PhD, LP, LMSW is a fully Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Master Social Worker who works in counseling therapy as well as psychological testing for mental health issues. Dr. Donarski specializes in neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, adults and geriatric populations including head injury, organic issues, emotional, and complex behavior disorders. Dr. Donarski works extensively with anxiety issues including panic, OCD, trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She trains other clinicians in treatment of behavioral issues, techniques of relaxation, reduction of fear, and exposure therapies to reduce triggers and symptoms in daily life. She also assists in testing within the academic areas including Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities and autism for Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and/or 504 plans/behavior plans. Dr. Donarski works with all populations in counseling/therapy, including individual, marital/couple, family, geriatric, LGBTQ, and group counseling. She is a certified EMDR Level II counselor, as well as a certified hypnotherapist and practitioner for Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Time Line Therapy®. Dr. Donarski is also experienced in working with victims of violence, foster care/adoption issues, sexual issues, as well as those who are seeking neuroscience-based treatment. She often works with attorneys as a forensic psychologist/expert witness for legal cases involving custody, guardianship, social security benefits, and criminal cases. Dr. Donarski has spoken on a variety of mental health issues, including somatic ailments, behavioral disorders and mental health concerns such as personality disorders, anxiety, trauma, depression, bipolar disorder and dementia care. Dr. Donarski has worked in private practice for over 20 years, as well as within assisted living and nursing homes, and contracted with the state to work with the visually impaired. Dr. Janene M. Donarski is the published author of Anxiety & Trauma Recovery Book: Using a Neuroscience-Informed Treatment Response to Healing.

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Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate and above levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Define the underlying neurological processes that impact anxious symptoms for clients.
  2. Develop client engagement in treatment using personalized goals and attending to the therapeutic relationship.
  3. Evaluate the differences between amygdala-based and cortex-based anxiety symptoms and identify how these symptoms inform treatment interventions.
  4. Communicate strategies for calming and training the amygdala in order to alleviate symptoms of anxiety.
  5. Implement methods for teaching clients to retrain the cortex so that anxiety is resisted rather than exacerbated.

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Course Number 103496
6 CE credit hours
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