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Core Diploma subjectHow to Control Chronic Anxiety
- the practical skills you need

A one-day course with tutor: Denise Winn
CPD Certificate (6 hours)

This practical day complements the online course:
Understanding Anxiety – and managing it without drugs

Why take this course

More and more people’s lives are being blighted by anxiety, causing distress to all involved. The anxiety may have initially been focused on realistic, understandable concerns – such as financial difficulties, health, job insecurity or unemployment, relationship problems (particularly complex in blended families) or fears about the future in an increasingly uncertain world – but has spiralled out of control.

Or it may have no clear cause and manifests as an ever-present feeling of being ‘wired’, tense or vulnerable, very often accompanied by out-of-control thoughts. The person may be hypervigilant, unable to relax and highly miserable. Left unaddressed, chronic anxiety can also badly affect sleep and physical, as well as mental, health.

There’s much that we can do to reduce this suffering. This highly practical course focuses on giving you the key information and practical skills you need to lower anxiety levels and help people manage their own anxiety better.

It concentrates on generalised anxiety (including generalised anxiety disorder – GAD), social anxiety and panic attacks, but also addresses how to handle anxiety that is a feature of conditions such as autistic spectrum disorder, ADHD and bipolar and borderline personality disorder.


What will you learn

  • 20+ tried and tested psychological techniques for dealing with over-anxiety
  • Why it’s important to distinguish between two fundamental kinds of anxiety – and methods for dealing with both
  • How to recognise panic attacks and deal with them effectively
  • The genetic factors that make some people more vulnerable to anxiety
  • Ways to change a poor sleep pattern caused by anxiety
  • New perspectives on what drives anxiety – including when its basis lies
  • in trauma
  • Why some people may dissociate (appear to 'tune out' or not be present) when very stressed, and what to do about it
  • The three different components of anxiety – and why anxiety can get out of control
  • How anxiety affects the body – and how the body affects anxiety
  • Why people become hypervigilant – and how this can be reduced
  • How to separate a person from their anxiety
  • Five effective methods for bringing down physiological arousal very quickly – and safely
  • Why social anxiety occurs and how to handle it
  • Tips for reducing anxiety in those with additional conditions, such as autistic spectrum disorder, ADHD, bipolar and borderline personality disorder
  • What happens in the brain when we become anxious – insights from neuroscience
  • How guided imagery speeds up treatment for high anxiety plus special tips for using it with clients suffering from over-anxiety
  • How stories can complement therapy for anxiety
  • A range of new skills and techniques for reducing severe anxiety, with plenty of opportunity to practise them yourself on the day

This practical skills course complements the Online Course: 'Understanding anxiety – and managing it without drugs'

Trauma, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorders are dealt with on separate practical skills training days (see “The fast trauma (PTSD) and phobia cure” and “Obsessive compulsive disorder – understanding OCD and how best to treat it.”)

Who should attend?

Anyone who works with, teaches or treats people who may be highly anxious – such as psychotherapists, counsellors, health and social care professionals, educators and individuals working in a variety of capacities in any number of organisations.

The course will also provide valuable understanding and practical help for anyone struggling to deal with their own chronic anxiety or for those in relationships or families affected by chronic anxiety.*

The day offers the chance to gain life skills of benefit to everyone.

* Please Note: This course is not a substitute for individual therapy


Course Programme

The 'How to Control Chronic Anxiety' course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's agenda

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – Bringing down physiological arousal

  • Trait and state anxiety
  • Anxiety as a defence mechanism – the different ways it can manifest
  • Symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks explained
  • Why anxiety can get out of control
  • Recognising and dealing with hyperventilation
  • Five simple ways to bring down physiological arousal quickly and safely – demonstration and practice
  • How chronic anxiety affects sleep, and how to break the cycle

11.00am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – Psychological approaches to anxiety management

  • Generalised anxiety and common over-anxious thoughts
  • 20-plus tried and tested psychological methods for mastering
  • Creating plans of action for clients – exercise

1.00pm — Lunch (included)

1.45pm – Anxiety and complicating conditions

  • Handling anxiety in those with ASD, ADHD, bipolar and borderline personality disorder
  • Coping with social anxiety
  • How to respond assertively

3.00pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

3.15pm – Guided imagery and stories

  • Explanation/demonstration of guided imagery and why it is so powerful in helping with over-anxiety
  • Special tips and techniques for using it to reduce high anxiety
  • How stories can complement therapy
  • Closing thoughts and discussion

4.00pm — Day ends

Book now to ensure your place on this new course:

How to Control Chronic Anxiety


Wednesday 15th May 2019                          London

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To book by phone call 01323 811690.
Alternatively, you can download an application form and email or post it to:
Email: info@hgcollege.net
Post: Human Givens College, Chalvington, East Sussex, BN27 3TD.

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