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Treating Pandemic and Catastrophe Related Anxiety, Fear, Panic & Worry

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Marwa Azab, PhD
6 Hours 32 Minutes
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Nov 12, 2021
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With the explosion of global anxiety provoking situations—from COVID-19 to racial injustice to political unrest... the list goes on and on—it’s critical to update your anxiety clinical toolbox now to keep pace! Be at the forefront, don’t just catch up!

Watch Marwa Azab, Ph.D, neuroscientist and anxiety expert as she teaches you the latest neuro-based research and therapeutic techniques to help your clients with anxiety thrive in an era of new global unknowns and unsettling circumstances.

You’ll learn to accurately integrate the latest neuroscience on anxiety disorders with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and logotherapy techniques that will not only improve your client’s most unearthed anxieties, they’ll transform your clinical practice!

By applying these techniques in treatment sessions you’ll be able to:

  • Turn off monkey mind and initiate change
  • Map worry loops to curtail habitual thinking
  • Tackle experiential avoidance and cognitive diffusion
  • Disempower internal schema of others’ expectations that fuels anxiety
  • Reduce the vicious panic cycle and chronic ‘survival’ mode
  • Calm the nervous system in 90 seconds
  • And more!

Purchase today to start your journey to become well renowned for your clinical skills for working with this new breed of anxiety!



This online program is worth 6.75 hours CPD.



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Marwa Azab, PhD, teaches for the psychology department at Cal State University, Long Beach, (CSULB) and has also taught for the biology department at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Recently, she has developed and taught curriculums on anxiety disorders and their treatments, The Tug War: Pain & Pleasure & the Science of Emotions for the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program (CSP). Marwa studied psychology for many years and completed a master’s in counseling psychology. She has facilitated many groups such as anger management, stress management, interpersonal communication, and many others for patients suffering from a variety of mental disorders. After many years of addressing human behaviors from a psychological perspective, Marwa realized that there were blind spots that needed to be satiated from complementary fields. Thus, she completed a PhD in biological sciences with emphasis on neuroscience. Dr. Azab started life coaching utilizing an interdisciplinary approach that intersects psychology, biology and genetics.

Marwa is a sought after international public speaker who is invited to speak on a variety of interdisciplinary topics, including five TEDx talks, translated to multiple languages. Her first textbook, An Update on Anxiety Disorders: Etiological, Cognitive & Neuroscientific Aspects (Springer Nature) was published in 2022. Dr. Azab has a Psychology Today blog called “Neuroscience in Everyday Life” and has been featured on ABC, NBC, and BBC News; NPR, KPCC, and KGO Radio; and in Vogue Magazine, VICE, Long Beach Post, Psychology Today, The Daily Mail, LAist, and others. She has also been elected 5x by a government agency in Southern California to be the Chair of planning a mental health conference to promote and destigmatize mental health discussions. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or her Instagram account @DrMarwaAzab.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Marwa Azab has an employment relationship with California State University and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Marwa Azab writes a blog for Psychology Today called "Neuroscience in Everyday Life."


  1. Evaluate existential anxiety (EA) and utilize ACT and logotherapy techniques to help clients improve outcomes.
  2. Differentiate between the neurobiology of fear, panic, situational and trait anxiety for accurate assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
  3. Implement brain-based strategies to help clients manage uncertainty, worry, panic and anxiety symptoms.
  4. Utilize strategies such as mapping worry loops to curtail habitual thinking and negative self-cognitions.
  5. Integrate top-down and bottom-up techniques to address panic.
  6. Utilize neuroplasticity-enhancing techniques to calm the anxious mind.


Neurobiology of Fear, Anxiety, Panic & Worry
  • Fear, hormone responses, and brain circuits simplified
  • Quite the inflamed amygdala in 3 steps
  • Calm the nervous system in 90 seconds
  • Eradicate anxiety in 1 session
  • The antithesis to anxiety
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
Effective Solutions to the 3 Biggest Obstacles to Anxiety Treatment
  • Critical differences between situation, trait, and pathological anxiety
  • Turn off your client’s monkey mind and initiate change
  • How to curb clients’ secondary gains in anxiety treatment
  • Exercises to re-route the circuits of anxiety to enhance neuroplasticity
The Rebirth of Existential Anxiety (EA):
ACT and Logotherapy Techniques to Help Clients Thrive in an Era of Global Unknowns
  • Tackle experiential avoidance and cognitive diffusion
  • Construct statement of life purpose and clarify values
  • Tools to convert EA into motivation
  • Re-orient to the present moment with anchors
  • How to utilize the attentional brain system
  • Case study: Marwa got COVID, EA revised her entire life!
The Explosion of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD):
CBT Techniques to Address New Worry Types
  • Reversing client’s bias for threats
  • Mapping worry loops to curtail habitual thinking
  • Shifting from efficient to effective thinking
  • How to objectively evaluate evidence for worry
  • New journal writing prompts to diffuse worry
  • Case study: Maria is a lawyer, 45-year-old and excessive worrier
The Implosion of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD):
Attachment, Mindfulness, and CBT Interventions to Address Social Isolation
  • Ten ways to prime secure attachment
  • Unpack the internal self-talk that fuels anxiety
  • Disempower internal schema of others’ expectations that fuels anxiety
  • How to diffuse client’s anxiety away from self
  • Stop client’s rumination after perceived rejection
  • Build social skills through role play
  • Case study: Dave 27 years old social worker who cannot write an email to an old friend
The Tsunami of Panic Disorders:
Exposure, CBT, and Re-Conditioning Strategies to Reduce the Vicious Panic Cycle
  • Help clients out of chronic ‘survival’ mode
  • Reinterpreting bodily sensations to soothe
  • How some medical conditions trigger panic attacks and what to do about it
  • Teach clients to unlearn panic triggers and learn safety triggers
  • In vivo exposure technique to confront internal and external panic triggers
  • Case study: Leena is a 21 year old student suffering from panic attacks

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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