Course Description

Counts towards HG Diploma Panic attacks, social anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, psychosexual problems, obsessional compulsive disorders (OCD), raised stress levels and anxiety related to work, money, health, surgery, childbirth, terror threats and dying are a problem for increasing numbers of people – causing untold suffering and costing the taxpayer huge sums of money.

Prolonged and excessive anxiety also makes us susceptible to a wide range of mental health disorders and physical illnesses. But we needn't put ourselves – or those we care for – at risk like this.

On this popular course, Joe Griffin shows you the best ways to reduce anxiety and successfully treat a wide range of anxiety-disorders. He also explains the evolutionary basis of anxiety and looks at why it isn't just ill health that causes anxiety in normal people but anxiety that causes ill health (for example, when raised anxiety levels suppress the immune system).

This indisputable mind/body link makes it essential that all health and welfare professionals are equipped with the knowledge and skills to reduce anxiety in people quickly – in order to reduce suffering and offer more effective treatment and care.

What you will learn

  • New information about the biological and psychological forces that make people anxious
  • How these insights improve treatment
  • A deeper understanding of stress and what we can do to reduce it
  • Effective techniques for dealing with insomnia, a frequent symptom of stress
  • Useful ways to measure anxiety levels
  • The five most effective techniques for reducing anxiety
  • Techniques and information that will increase your confidence and effectiveness when treating panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, PTSD, psychosexual problems and OCD
  • An overview of what happens in the brain when we become anxious
  • Increased understanding of the causes of anxiety disorders, such as OCD, PTSD and severe phobias
  • Effective ways to reduce anxiety related to health, dying, surgery and childbirth
  • The importance of the mind/body link – and why increased anxiety and stress levels make us susceptible to physical and mental health problems
  • An understanding of why anxiety-related illnesses are increasing
  • Knowledge of why therapy for anxiety disorders should be brief – the benefits compared to drug treatments
  • An understanding of the 'fast phobia cure' or 'rewind' technique and how to use it to resolve post traumatic stress – often in as little one session
  • Increased understanding of the causes of phobias and what can be done to remove them
  • How to inoculate against the harmful effects of stress
  • Ways to reduce the drugs needed in surgery and childbirth
  • How to deal with panic attacks and ascertain if they are being caused by hyperventilation
  • Case history examples which highlight how the techniques covered can be easily implemented
  • Techniques for reducing your own anxiety levels
  • Ways to build resilience into our own lives as well as our clients'
  • Course notes
  • CPD certificate, that also counts towards the Human Givens Diploma
  • and much more...

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Course content

  • An introduction to stress
  • Insomnia, a common debilitating symptom, and what to do about it
  • The mind/body links between excessive stress and illness – new research
  • The reasons for the rapid growth in anxiety-based illness in recent decades
  • How moderate stress actually strengthens the immune system
  • Factors that inoculate against the harmful effects of stress
  • The effectiveness of appropriate psychotherapy compared to chemical treatment for anxiety
  • Why improving the knowledge of effective anxiety management can save vast amounts of money and improve the lives of millions
  • Why therapy for anxiety should be brief
  • The internal and external triggers for anxiety
  • Effective techniques to overcome panic disorders
  • How to measure anxiety levels
  • An overview of what happens in the brain when we become anxious
  • The principles behind cognitive-behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, guided imagery and solution-focused therapy that make them effective treatments for anxiety disorders
  • The importance of getting our emotional needs met
  • How to tell if panic attacks are caused by hyperventilation
  • Four ways to stop hyperventilation
  • What dreaming does for us, and how this relates to anxiety
  • Effective ways to treat the physical, mental and behavioural components of anxiety
  • The eight core beliefs that generate panic attacks and how to effectively challenge them
  • The AWARE technique
  • How to reduce social anxiety and fear of public speaking
  • Agoraphobia – how it starts and how to cure it
  • How to overcome a major phobia or PTSD syndrome – in one session
  • Why the refined version of the 'rewind technique' works for so many different types of problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and severe phobias
  • The essential principles for treating psychosexual anxiety disorders
  • How to work effectively with people suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • The essential tips for dealing with anxiety (including your own)
  • How to reduce anxiety related to death and dying
  • Two ways to drastically reduce the amount of drugs needed in childbirth
  • How to reduce the drugs needed in surgery and speed up postoperative recovery
  • The 5 most effective techniques for dealing with anxiety, including your own
  • How to build resilience
  • And more...

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Is this course for me?

  • All health and welfare professionals who'd like to know about more effective and rapid treatments for anxiety disorders
  • Educational and other professionals – in fact anyone who works or lives in a stressful environment that raises anxiety levels
  • Any friends, family or colleagues of people affected by anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, OCD, trauma or stress who would like to understand the causes and symptoms of anxiety disorders – as well as discovering the quickest and most effective ways to treat them successfully
  • Anyone who would like to deepen their understanding of anxiety disorders and discover why increasing numbers of people suffer from them today
  • Anyone – whether for professional or personal reasons – who wishes to be more effective at reducing anxiety in themselves as well as others

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Course format

  •  18 Videos 
  •  30 Quizzes 
  •  2 Texts 
  •  PDF Notes 
  •  6 hrs 

'Understanding Anxiety' is based on our one-day seminar of the same name. This online version is split into 4 modules, each of which are broken down further into different sections containing filmed lectures given in English by the tutor, Joe Griffin.

Each film clip is followed by a short series of multiple choice questions. These are designed to help you think about and absorb the course content and to check that you have understood the main points of that section before proceeding to the next.

There are also course notes for you to download, plus additional reading information and helpful links.

You can take as long as you like to work your way through the course and can view it as many times as you like.

Once you have completed the course, you will receive a CPD certificate, which counts towards the Human Givens Diploma.

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Diploma-linked Certificate

When you successfully complete the course, you will be awarded a CPD Certificate by HG College and The Human Givens Institute (equivalent to 6 hours of continuing professional development).

'Understanding Anxiety' is also a required module of Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma, so by successfully completing this online course you will also have completed a part of this highly respected qualification.

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Trauma Specialist

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Registered Mental Nurse

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Psychiatrist / Therapist

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Natural Therapist

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Family Support Worker and Trainee Counsellor

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Probation Officer

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Nursery Nurse

“As always a wealth of practical information and useful techniques to use with clients.”

Social Worker

“A great day. Wish I'd known about 7/11 breathing, human givens and this understanding of anxiety/panic disorders when I first experienced panic attacks 10 years ago.”

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Outreach Worker

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Individual Tutor

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Occupational Therapist

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“The day has filled my tool bag with many new ways of working with my clients – brilliant and confidence building!”

Counsellor/Bereavement Co-ordinator

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Counselling Supervisor

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Pastoral Head – Education

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Co-Founder Joe Griffin

Joe Griffin B.SC.Hons (Psych), M.PHIL. (Psych), AFBPsS, FHGI is a psychologist with many years' experience both in psychotherapeutic practice and in training psychotherapists - over the last 20 years thousands of health professionals have enjoyed his practical workshops and seminars on effective psychotherapy for treating anxiety related disorders, depression, trauma and addiction.

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome

    2. Course Notes - download here

    1. 1. Introduction to stress and insomnia

    2. – multiple choice questions 1

    3. – multiple choice questions 2

    4. – multiple choice questions 3

    5. 2. Our emotional needs

    6. – multiple choice questions

    7. 3. Our innate resources

    8. – multiple choice questions 1

    9. – multiple choice questions 2

    10. 4. What dreaming does for us

    11. – multiple choice questions

    12. 5. A quick look at the brain

    13. – multiple choice questions 1

    14. – multiple choice questions 2

    15. 6. Effective therapy vs. medication for anxiety disorders

    16. – multiple choice questions

    1. 7. Internal and external triggers for anxiety

    2. – multiple choice questions 1

    3. – multiple choice questions 2

    4. 8. Understanding and dealing with panic attacks

    5. – multiple choice questions 1

    6. – multiple choice questions 2

    7. – multiple choice questions 3

    8. – multiple choice questions 4

    9. 9. Understanding and dealing with agoraphobia

    10. – multiple choice questions 1

    11. – multiple choice questions 2

    12. 10. The AWARE technique

    13. – multiple choice questions

    14. 11. Fear of public speaking

    15. – multiple choice questions

    1. 12. Other fears related to public places

    2. – multiple choice questions

    3. 13. Building resilience into our lives

    4. – multiple choice questions

    5. 14. Overcoming phobias and trauma

    6. – multiple choice questions 1

    7. – multiple choice questions 2

    8. – multiple choice questions 3

    1. 15. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

    2. – multiple choice questions

    3. 16. Anxiety about dying

    4. – multiple choice questions

    5. 17. Anxiety about childbirth

    6. – multiple choice questions

    7. 18. Sexual anxiety

    8. – multiple choice questions 1

    9. – multiple choice questions 2

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