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Digital Seminar

Calming the Anxious Brain

The past decade has brought new understanding about the neuroscience behind anxiety and fear. But how many of us can communicate this knowledge to clients in a clear, engaging way that actually enhances effective treatment?

You don’t need to be a brain scientist to tap into the power of neuroplasticity and revolutionize your approach to treating anxiety. This workshop recording will explore brain-based techniques to stop the symptoms of anxiety, including panic attacks, rumination, and nausea.


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Catherine M Pittman, PH.D., HSPP
4 Hours 01 Minutes
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Mar 22, 2019
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 4.0 hours CPD.



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Catherine M. Pittman, Ph.D., HSPP, has a background in cognitive behavioral therapy, neuropsychology, fear-conditioning research, and treated anxiety-based disorders in clinical practice for over 25 years. Her experience makes her uniquely qualified to provide a clear understanding of neuroscience and how that informs the selection and application of successful anxiety treatment strategies.

Dr. Pittman is the author of the popular book, Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety Panic, and Worry (New Harbinger Publications). Her new book, Taming Your Amygdala, will be published in Spring 2022 (PESI Publishing & Media). Dr. Pittman is a professor of Psychology at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN. She regularly presents workshops at national conferences and national webinars on anxiety treatment and is an active member of the Public Education Committee of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Catherine Pittman maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Saint Mary's College. She is an author with New Harbinger, Foliadeux Press, and PESI Publishing and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Catherine Pittman is a member of the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

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  1. Use examples to illustrate how the anxious brain functions and how to use that information in session to improve treatment outcomes. 
  2. Describe the role of the amygdala and cortex in maintaining anxiety disorders s for purposes of client psychoeducation. 
  3. Explain how learning about the neuroscience of anxiety can improve client engagement. 
  4. Use neurologically informed CBT techniques to help clients reduce anxious responding by making changes in both the cortex and the amygdala. 



  • Disclosures
  • Limitations
  • Scope of Practice
  • Learning Objectives

Using Neuroscience in the Treatment of Anxiety

  • Neuroscience & Anxiety
  • Neuroscience & Therapists
  • Using Neuroscience to Enhance Client Engagement
  • Treatment Goal Selection
  • Neuropsychologically Informed CBT
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Reconsolidation
  • Two Pathways to Anxiety

Understanding Anxiety in the Brain: The Amygdala Pathway

  • Fight, Flight, Freeze
  • Language of the Amygdala 
  • Triggers Created in the Amygdala
  • Neuroplasticity in the Amygdala
  • Amygdala-Focused Interventions

Understanding Anxiety in the Brain: The Cortex Pathway

  • Relationship between the Cortex & Amygdala
  • Neuroplasticity in the Cortex
  • Cortex-Based Interventions

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 1140


Brenda V - SYKESVILLE, Maryland

"Great presentation!"

Laura S - Honolulu, Hawaii

"Excellent course, loved Dr. Pittman's examples and humor."

Vicki P - FORT WORTH, Texas

"Rewiring the Anxious Brain was extremely interesting and helpful."

Susan B - Seaside, California

"very understandable and useful"

Mary E - Lansing, Michigan

"I now understand things clearly that I thought I already understood, in a way that is more likely to be remembered. SO many things make so much more sense now! Tips are instantly useful both personally and professionally. Her energy and humor and insight and caring manner are MUCH appreciated. Watching a video of small group processing all at once could be bypassed."

Laura W - Raleigh, North Carolina

"The information was really helpful"

Dorcas A - Hacienda Heights, California


Karen F - CROMWELL, Connecticut

"Fantastic! Explained concepts in a very understandable manner, great sense of humor that she incorporated into her teaching. Exceptional knowledge. Excellent pace. Definitely held my interest."

Babette W - CHEVY CHASE, Maryland

"Excellent presentation by Ms. Pittman. She knows her subject and her enthusiasm is contagious."

Cheryl S - FENTON, Michigan

"Excellent class"

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