Brief Interventions when Working with Clients with Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common presenting complaints of all clients and the anxiety disorders are experienced by ten percent of the Australian population at some point in their lives. This two-day workshop will cover various brief interventions when working with clients who experience anxiety or stress. It will enable workers dealing with anxious clients to understand the nature of anxiety and the different anxiety disorders in the DSM-IV. Participants will be encouraged to practice techniques for their own stress management as well as learning how to teach these strategies to their clients.

Learning objectives:

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the concept of the ‘fight or flight’ response and its role in anxiety
  • Describe the different anxiety disorders
  • Use various relaxation techniques
  • Plan a graded exposure for a client with a specific phobia
  • Describe the link between thoughts, feelings and anxiety
  • Identify common unrealistic thinking patterns
  • Utilise various strategies to counteract negative thinking.