Managing Anxiety and Stress During COVID-19

New! Filmed Summer 2020

Presented by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

On-Demand | Available Now


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for 6 CEUs


This On Demand course and will be available immediately after purchase. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

All course content (quiz, certificate, videos) will be available until July 1, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on June 1, 2021. 

It is unimaginable – almost- how the pandemic conditions have created stress, not just close to home, but around the world. Those of us who provide support and therapy to people with anxiety have seen the damage of such global uncertainty to the mental wellbeing of our whole community. For people who suffered anxiety before COVID-19 spread, the new uncertainties about health, money, and loss of opportunity without even knowing its endpoint, have become nearly unbearable.

This seminar will discuss managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19. The 10 Best-Ever Techniques have never been more useful, but new twists to utilizing these are necessary to manage anxiety disorders when threats are real and uncertainty dominates everyone’s attention. With a fresh look at managing health anxiety and rumination when clients cannot escape daily reminders, and discussion on how to manage the real stresses of work-from-home, learn-from-home conditions, you will be able to move clients toward resolving the impact of COVID-19. With plenty of current case examples and a look at using telehealth effectively (to relieve therapist stress!) Dr. Wehrenberg will identify the new risks for generalized anxiety, panic and social anxiety and ways to manage the stresses of the post-pandemic world.

Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg, author of The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques will present this 6 hour course, helping therapist to offer help and hope to depressed clients in a COVID-19 world

Online Course Format

  • 6 hours of Online Training
  • 6 CEUs
  • Non-Interactive – registrants will have access to lectures, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, and experiential exercises.
  • No categories


  1. How the brain generates anxiety and identifies threat
    1. Basic structure of the brain
    2. Impact of neurotransmitters
    3. The vital role of dopamine in reward and memory
  2. Considerations for tele therapy
    1. The preferences of clients and therapists
    2. The impact of various media for distance treatment
  3. The impact of stress on creating anxiety
    1. Sympathetic arousal and the stress response
    2. Stress management for chronic ‘quality stress’ and ‘quantity stress’ – managing time, environment, attitude about control, and rest/relaxation
    3. Isolation and Stress – COVID-19 stress
  4. Eliminate panic
    1. Manage intake
    2. Diaphragmatic breathing
    3. Predict, prepare and plan
    4. Stop catastrophizing
    5. Use mindfulness
  5. The purpose of worry
    1. How it is a maladaptive effort to defeat anxious sensations
    2. How COVID-19 worry differs from other anxiety responses
    3. Health anxiety when risks are real
    4. Make a plan and Contain worry/clear the Mind exercises
  6. High drive anxious persons (TMA- Too Much Activity)
    1. Learn to spot perfectionism driving worry at different ages
    2. Impact of social media at different ages in establishing perfectionism
    3. Intervene on perfectionistic procrastination – the good-enough phenomenon and learning the difference between urgent and important
    4. Cognitive tools to stop worry
  7. Social Anxiety management
    1. Memory reconsolidation as a model
    2. Creating exposures with graduated steps that end on success – 3 C’s
    3. Identifying self-talk and changing self-defeating cognitions
  1. Apply neurobiological understanding of the cause of anxious rumination, panic and social fears to assist client compliance in effective treatment
  2. Apply 4 competencies for managing stress that include the impact of the COVID-19 era.
  3. Eliminate panic and learn cognitive methods that will keep it at bay
  4. Alter tendencies to ruminate, including eliminating health anxiety when real threats exist
  5. Utilize 6 specific ways to eliminate worry
  6. Utilize principles of memory reconsolidation to prepare socially anxious clients to re-enter social environments after isolation with calm, competence and confidence

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist, an author, and an international trainer and speaker. She is a practicing psychotherapist and coaches professionals for anxiety management. Margaret has been a trainer of therapists for over 25 years, and she is a sought-after speaker for continuing education seminars, consistently getting the highest ratings from participants for her dynamic style and high-quality content.

Dr. Wehrenberg contributes articles to the award-winning Psychotherapy Networker magazine and she blogs on depression for Psychology Today. Audio and DVD versions of her trainings are available for obtaining CEU’s. She has written 7 books on topics of anxiety and depression published by W.W. Norton, and a workbook, Stress Solutions, published by PESI. The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques and its accompanying workbook, consistent best-sellers, were released in revised editions in 2018. Her newest book, Pandemic Anxiety: Surviving Stress, Fear and Grief in turbulent Times will be released in early 2021 by W.W. Norton. Visit Margaret on Facebook @DrMargaretW or through her website

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits