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2 Day Intensive: The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques

Presented by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – Thursday, April 25, 2019  |  Winnipeg, mb

!  Important Notice:

This is a clinical focused workshop not a child and youth focused workshop.

Date & Location

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – Thursday, April 25, 2019

9:00am – 4:00pm

Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel

1715 Wellington Avenue, R3H 0G1

Winnipeg, MB

phone:  204.775.9889

fax:  204.775.4576

website:  http://www.bestwestern.com/

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Workshop Description

In The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques, Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D presents the most useful psychotherapeutic approaches to stress and generalized anxiety, panic and social anxiety and phobias. Via discussion, practice in the seminar, and concise client examples in all age groups, you will learn methods to manage anxiety that work in every clinical population. Even experienced clinicians will come away with tools to help clients resolve their anxiety symptoms and all participants will be prepared to respond effectively to most presentations of anxiety disorders.

Drawing on the latest research for the neurobiological basis of anxiety to explain why psychotherapy is so effective, Dr. Wehrenberg demonstrates comprehensive techniques to stop rumination, eliminate panic and prepare people to participate in social environments without distress. Her pragmatic approach to phobias and stress management will provide practical strategies you can immediately apply with all clients.

Among the 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques are methods that manage the physiological aspects of anxiety: stress, the dread and agitation of generalized anxiety, panic attacks, and the nervous system-based blushing, sweating and shaking of social anxiety. You will get information about ruling out causes of anxiety and physical conditions that mimic anxiety.

You will be able to apply tools to eliminate the distressing cognitive features of anxiety, such as rumination, catastrophic thinking, and cognitive errors with tools such as “Contain Your Worry”, “Worry Well and Only Once” and “Knowing, not Showing Anger”.  You will be able to identify and correct for the typical issues of procrastination and perfectionism as they appear when caused by generalized anxiety disorder. But also, you will be apply to apply the neuroscience of memory reconsolidation as it affects and directs both desensitizing panic cues and the creation of effective social anxiety exposures.

Through case examples, description of methods that will include “Knowing, Not Showing Anger”, “Contain Your Worry in Time,” and 3 mindfulness practices to minimize distress. Dr. Wehrenberg will provide a look at the research that supports the efficacy of these treatment methods and give an opportunity to practice several of the methods, including 5 breathing techniques to manage anxiety, 2-minute relaxers, “Clear the Mind” of worry, the ‘Heart Lock-In’ from Heartmath, and Emotional Freedom Technique, among others. This seminar is suited to any clinician who has clients with anxiety, and it will aid the newer therapist to be effective with anxious clients of every age as well as strengthen the skills of even the most experienced clinician.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Day 1:

  • Describe neurobiological basis of panic and social anxiety and the implications for why and how psychotherapy works to “use the brain to change the brain.”
  • Lifestyle contributions to anxiety
  • Manage Intake – Deal with impact of Cannabis, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco/vaping, and sugar/sweeteners
  • Explore physical conditions that mimic panic
  • Fear Based Anxiety Disorders: Panic
  • Apply the panic reduction protocol “Prevent Panic”
  • Apply interoceptive exposure, and eliminate panic triggers
  • Model effective use of diaphragmatic breathing techniques and relaxation methods that reduce both physical and mental tension.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder:
  • Utilize the science-based protocol for memory reconsolidating to create successful exposures.
  • “3 Cs for Effective Exposure” to eliminate social anxiety
  • Change catastrophic Thinking
  • Challenge false beliefs and write new scripts
  • Utilize Emotional Freedom Technique (or similar protocols) and “Tapping In” to diminish anticipatory anxiety and strengthen resourcefulness

Day 2 (Stress, Generalized Anxiety and Phobias):

  • The Stress response and the impact of screen time, electronic gaming, chronic stress and traumatic stress on anxiety disorders.
  • The 4 competencies of stress recovery
  • Eliminating stressors, and apply “Heart Lock-In” Technique to identify and resolve stressors
  • Managing time and environment
  • Managing attitude
  • Rest and relaxation,
  • including understanding and using Attention Restoration theory
  • the default mode network
  • The Neurobiological Basis of Worry
  • Eliminating Worry, including two methods to ‘Contain Your Worry”
  • Cognitive Interventions to reduce persistent rumination
  • Perfectionism and Procrastination and Anxiety
  • Explore the trauma-related, situational and personality bases of phobias and basic approaches to desensitize phobia, including health anxiety.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe neurobiological basis of anxiety and the implications for why and how psychotherapy works to use the brain to change the brain.
  • The basis of ruminative anxiety and how to eliminate worry, including the methods of technique #1 “Contain Your Worry.”
  • Dealing with Stress That Creates Anxiety Disorders: 4 competencies to prevent or recover from stress damage and eliminate it for good!
  • Fear Based Anxiety Disorders: Panic and Social Anxiety. Apply the panic reduction protocol “Prevent Panic” and the “3 Cs for Effective Exposure” to eliminate social anxiety.To include mindfulness techniques, interoceptive exposure, and eliminate panic triggers.
  • Model effective use of diaphragmatic breathing techniques and relaxation methods that reduce both physical and mental tension.
  • Apply the most effective cognitive interventions to reduce persistent rumination (Erase the Worry Trace) and stop worrying over real or potential problems.
  • Utilize cognitive therapy interventions with clients to manage perfectionism, procrastination and rigid approaches to problems.
  • Effectively enable socially anxious clients to face their fears and improve their participation in life, challenging false beliefs and successfully engaging in social environments.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.


This workshop meets the educational requirements when applying for the Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) available from the Institute of Certified Anxiety Treatment Professionals (ICATP). Go to https://www.icatp.com/evgcert/certifications for details.

Your Presenter(s)

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist. She coaches professionals for anxiety management, and has been a trainer for 25 years. She is a sought-after speaker for conferences and trainings, consistently getting the highest ratings for her dynamic style and high quality content. Her individualized coaching for panic, worry and social anxiety has helped professionals from entrepreneurs to corporate executives, from sales personnel to IT specialists.Margaret is a frequent contributor to the award-winning Psychotherapy Networker magazine and blogs on depression for Psychology Today. Her Relaxation for Tension and Worry audio file for breathing, muscle relaxation and imagery is available for download from her website. Her books on topics of anxiety and depression are published by W.W. Norton, and The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques and its workbook were released in 2018 in revised editions.



“Thank you Margaret. You have a very positive and practical approach that is deeply connected to research. I can’t wait for the next session!”
-Amy (Crowther Memorial Junior High) | Calgary, AB | April 3 & 4, 2014


“Margaret is phenomenal! Great workshop – will recommend it to everyone.”
-Calgary, AB | April 3 & 4, 2014


“Margaret’s information today was fantastic! I can see using it in my professional life and also my family life. Very practical, step-by-step ideas we can all use. Thank you.”
-Tammie C. (Preschool Teacher & Mother)  | Calgary, AB | April 3 & 4, 2014


More information: margaretwehrenberg.com

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Viscount Gort Hotel

1670 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB

phone:  204.775.0451

website:  viscount-gort.com

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Our rates:


To make a reservation, please call the hotel directly at 204.775.0451 and refer to the Jack Hirose & Associates group rate.

*Please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $249 $269
Group 3-7 $234 $254
Group 8-14 $219 $239
Group 15+ $204 $224
Full-Time Student $204 $224
Individual Enrollment $249 $269
Group 3-7 $234 $254
Group 8-14 $219 $239
Group 15+ $204 $224
Full-Time Student $204 $224
Attend Both Days and SAVE!
Individual Enrollment $449 $469
Group 3-7 $429 $449
Group 8-14 $409 $429
Group 15+ $389 $409
Full-Time Student $389 $409

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 10, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

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