- Margaret Wehrenberg
- 6 Hours 21 Minutes
- Audio and Video
- Dec 13, 2018
Neurobiology: The Impact of 24/7 Internet and “Information Overload”
- Is it an addiction? The role of dopamine
- Variable interval rewards: The most powerful reinforcement
- Perpetual state of “fight or flight”
- Impact of technology on the prefrontal cortex
- “Multi-tasking”: Changing the landscape of learning
- The impact of screen time on rumination
- Impulse control at all ages: Instant v. delayed gratification
Why the Increase in Anxiety?
Understand the Problem to Help Clients Find Solutions
- The psychological hook of “checking in”
- Broad skills deficits for coping with normal situations
- Collective anxiety due to 24/7 news cycles
- Generational differences
- Illusions of perfection online
- New fears created/exacerbated by digital media:
- Negative evaluation/rejection
- Having behavior recorded or posted publicly
- Fear of missing out (FOMO)
- Taking on responsibilities (“Adulting”)
- Use of technology to avoid emotional experiences
- The meaning of “friend” has changed
- Cyberbullying at all ages: The power of anonymity
Strategies that Promote Healthy Use of Technology
- Key questions that uncover anxiety related to digital media use
- Techniques for providing meaningful psychoeducation
- Use “demand delays” to diminish impact of rapid screen shifting
- Tools for setting device boundaries to create more balance
- “Be still” techniques to tolerate time away from devices
Therapy Tools to Improve Emotional Regulation, Reduce Anxiety and Build Self-Worth
- Avoid avoidance!
- How to provide meaningful psychoeducation
- The 3 C’s: Calm, Competent and Confident
- Accurate anticipation: The power of imagination exposure
- Techniques for teaching social skills
- 5 ways to overcome fears of social situations
- Utilize FOMO (fear of missing out) as a tool for goal development
- Address “adulting” fears
- Challenge the “comparison fallacy” of online interactions
Identify and challenge distorted beliefs about the self
- Create new self-talk by changing the script
- Combat perfectionism and procrastination
- Ellis’ ABCD approach to identify inhibiting beliefs
- Eliminate the stressor – incorporate media “time outs”
- Manage time and environment
- Shifting attitudes
Relaxation and Mindfulness
- Skills for calming the persistently vigilant nervous system
- Interrupt rumination and build resilience
- Apps that promote calming breathing techniques
- Identify and address personal bias/countertransference issues
- Between-session recommendations that reinforce skills
- Limitations of the research and potential risks
Wehrenberg and Associates
Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, is the author of nine books on the treatment of anxiety and depression, including her most recent e-book, Pandemic Anxiety: Fear, Stress, and Loss in Traumatic Times (January, 2021), best selling book, The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques (W.W. Norton, 2018), and You Can Handle It: 10 Steps to Shift Stress from Problem to Possibility (PESI, 2017). She has also written a book for the general public, The 10 Best Anxiety Busters.
An expert on the treatment of anxiety and depression, she also has extensive training and expertise in the neurobiology of psychological disorders. In addition to clinical work, she coaches business professionals on managing anxiety and has contributed articles for the Psychotherapy Networker magazine. She has produced Relaxation for Tension and Worry, audio soundtracks for breathing, muscle relaxation and imagery to use with anxious clients. Margaret blogs on depression for Psychology Today. Noted for humor, pragmatic treatment approaches, and her interactive teaching style, Dr. Wehrenberg is a sought-after speaker for conferences and trainings, consistently getting the highest ratings for her dynamic presentation and high-quality content. She is one of PESI’s most highly rated speakers and her evaluation from the most seasoned professionals often rank her training “as among the best I have ever attended.”
Financial: Margaret Wehrenberg maintains a private practice. She is an author with W.W. Norton publishing and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Margaret Wehrenberg is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Anxiety Disorder Association of America.
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