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216 | Practical and Evidence-based Interventions to Calm Anxiety and Manage Stress

Psychiatry, Behavioral Medicine, and Collaborative Care, Thursday 9/14 2:15 – 3:30 PM, Workshop Tracks


Linda Mintle, Ph.D., M.S.W.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Just as we physically train for fitness, the brain can also be trained to resist anxiety and manage stress. Using non-pharmacological interventions, this workshop will discuss how the autonomic nervous system activates the fight, flight, freeze, and fawn responses to stress in concert with the limbic system, resulting in increased anxiety and stress. This workshop for psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders will provide interventions related to this process, specifically targeting anxiety pathways in the brain. Through evidence-based bottom-up and top-down brain interventions, clinicians can identify and apply strategies that clients can practically utilize to calm anxiety and manage stress.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the body’s autonomic nervous system and limbic system response to psychological stress as a basis for intervention
2. List interventions used to calm the sympathetic nervous system and increase feelings of safety and calm
3. Compare and contrast two anxiety brain pathways and choose evidence-based strategies for intervention based on each pathway
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