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006 | Practical, Evidence-based Interventions to Thrive Against Anxiety and Stress in Challenging Times

Preconference Workshops


Linda Mintle, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

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

Approved For CME/CEU

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




Many Americans are overwhelmed by prolonged stress and anxiety that impacts their mental health. Effective practices are needed to mitigate stress and resist anxiety. This workshop will present evidence-based interventions used to address stress and anxiety by changing the brain. Based on clinical neuroscience, participants will review how the brain responds to stress and anxiety; identify the two brain pathways of anxiety; explain how to counteract those responses by rewiring the brain; and apply evidence-based techniques that calm the sympathetic nervous system and reconsolidate brain changes. Finally, participants will discuss key elements to develop a growth mindset, such as gratitude, hope, and optimism, needed to build resiliency.

Learning Objectives

Describe basic neuroscience related to brain structures and 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, the power of connection and somatic techniques.
Discuss how to apply evidenced-based strategies for both amygdala-based and cortex-based anxiety.
Compare growth vs fixed mindset and utilize strategies to build resiliency such as lifestyle changes, faith-based spiritual practices for faith-based clients and positive emotions.