Anxiety levels are at an all-time high in th™e general population, with chronic anxiety and related issues being seen in therapy offices, yoga studios, and wellness clinics everywhere. Too many people are walking around in what can be described as a “worry trance” — a constant mental state of hyper-vigilance that has, over time, become a habitually dissociative way of being in the world. Holistic practitioners want their students and clients to learn mindfulness-based skills and new habits of conscious living, yet the challenge for people living with chronic anxiety is to first un-learn their reflexive unconscious habits that continually reinforce a state of fear.
In essence, the worry trance must first be broken, before people can effectively acquire and meaningfully absorb the anti-anxiety thinking patterns and life skills that will last a lifetime.
This course is for ANYONE experiencing excessive anxiety. It’s also been designed for holistic health care, psychotherapy and wellness practitioners (including yoga teachers, life coaches, and mindfulness-based counsellors) who are interested in expanding their abilities and expertise regarding anxiety issues, including:
- Chronic worry and fears
- Social anxiety
- Obsessive-based fears
Students of this course will learn how to bring integrative and mindfulness-based anti-anxiety teachings to their holistic health practice, with a focus on breaking the worry trance. The course is student-directed, allowing you to go at your own pace with completing each lesson. The client coaching strategies taught in this course are not meant to replace mental health treatment, but are presented in the context of a complementary and adjunct skills-based program.
Upon completion, participants will gain the following skills:
- Describe the core dynamics of “worry trance” and its impact on people, from both clinical/medical and psycho-social perspectives
- Develop educational and coaching delivery methodologies for teaching people about the worry trance and fear-based living
- Apply knowledge of integrative and mindfulness-based coaching tools into a holistic anti-anxiety program
In addition to online video-based lessons, quizzes and group discussion, this course includes the following supplemental downloads:
- Course Workbook
- Lesson-specific handouts
A basic understanding of mindfulness principles and their application in the helping field, is assumed in the delivery of this course.
How Long Does The Course Take
Most people find that it takes about 4 weeks to complete the course, including all reflection and work-book exercises and challenges. This 4 week estimate is based on an a time allotment total of approximately 5 hours per week.
Continuing Education Credits
This course is pre-approved by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association for 9 (nine) credit hours of continuing education credits.
An introduction to the concept of “worry trance” is provided, along with an overview of this course and core concepts. Expressions of Fear are explored in the context of chronic obsessions, phobias, panic, general anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Emphasis is on unconscious patterns that reinforce fear-based trance states. Clinical presentations of fear-based living (i.e. medical, diagnostic categories) are discussed alongside mindfulness-based conceptualizations re: underlying issues and strategies for “breaking the worry trance.”
Brief and solution-focused strategies for breaking the worry trance will be presented in the context of an integrative healing approach. This approach will be presented with teachings from the traditions of cognitive, behavioural, strategic, and mindfulness-based interventions.
A customized Mindfulness-practitioner’s guide to teaching anti-anxiety skills will be developed by the student, based upon reflection and dialogue regarding a “unique healing signature.” Individualized approaches to breaking the worry trance will be encouraged, vis-a-vis a cherished living philosophy and anti-anxiety skills teaching framework entitled “Miracle-Think.”