Identifying, Treating and Understanding Highly Sensitive People: The 20% with a Finely Tuned Nervous System

This On Demand Webinar is 3 hours.
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Are you noticing increasing anxiety in your clients or maybe yourself? The statistics are in, and almost everyone knows someone with “anxiety” or is worried about stress or anxiety levels in a friend or a family member. Anxiety diagnoses are increasing, and it’s no wonder in a world simultaneously facing a global pandemic, economic upheaval, and unprecedented civil unrest.

Highly sensitive people are that 20% of the population with a finely tuned nervous system. Brain reactivity means HSPs process deeply, have strong emotional responses, and become easily overwhelmed by living in a world that is not designed for their sensitive brains and hearts.

Strongly impacted by their environment and the people in it, HSPs are more susceptible to and impacted by both challenges and positive interventions. They are more susceptible to anxiety or depression, but they are also more likely to seek out and make great improvements through therapy.

Up to 50% of therapy clients may be highly sensitive due to their highly reactive brains. With the right tools and understanding, you can make a significant difference when working with this population.

What is true, ethical, and research-based about highly sensitive people? Alane Freund has been working in the mental health field for over 30 years and has specialized in developing programs and interventions for highly sensitive people. In this webinar, she will discuss the science and practice of helping our more sensitive or reactive clients navigate our changing and intensifying environment. She will also explain differential susceptibility so that you can assess the impact of environmental stressors and your clients’ ability to manage overarousal and stress.


  1. List and describe the four identifying characteristics of High Sensitivity (otherwise known as Sensory Processing Sensitivity).
  2. Assess and compare High Sensitivity to other mental health diagnoses such as ADHD and Anxiety Disorders.
  3. Assess the impact of differential susceptibility and vantage sensitivity on mental health in clients with Sensory Processing Sensitivity.

Target Audience and Level of Training

This Intermediate Level training is aimed at mental health professionals including but not limited to Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Nurses.

Continuing Education

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. 

Webinar attendance by participants is automatically tracked, documented, and archived for future reference.

For US Participants

If you will be watching the On-Demand recording, here are the CE requirements:

You will need to complete:

  • A course evaluation
  • A post-webinar quiz and pass with a score of at least 75%. If you do not pass with a score of at least 75%, you may repeat the post-webinar quiz.

For Canadian and International Participants

For Canadian and international registrants, the number of CE credits allocated per hour of contact may vary according to guidelines set by individual regulatory bodies. Please check with your own regulatory body for how many CEs are allocated per hour of direct contact.

If you will be watching the On-Demand recording, to receive a Certificate of Participation*, you will need to complete:

  • A post-webinar quiz and pass with a score of at least 75%. If you do not pass with a score of at least 75%, you may repeat the post-webinar quiz.

Upon completion of the quiz, you will automatically be emailed a Certificate of Participation.

*The Certificate of Participation includes:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • EITHER confirmation that you have verified 100% attendance during the Live Broadcast OR have passed a quiz with at least 75% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CE credits.

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  • Alane Freund, MS, MA, LMFT
Session 1
1:00PM - 2:00PM

Introduction to sensory processing sensitivity, the innate trait of highly sensitive people (HSPs). Identifying HSPs with the four characteristics and the self-test, temperament, early research, statistics.

Session 2

Group discussion of self-test items and use in practice.

Session 3
2:15PM - 3:15PM

Challenges for highly sensitive people in the workplace and at home Navigating sensitivity and designing a life that is compatible with the trait. Creating an office and practice that is welcoming and supportive of this 20% of the population. Group discussions to brainstorm accommodation ideas

3:15pm -3:30 pm
Session 4
3:30 – 4:15 pm

Differential diagnosis, incidence and impact of mental illness and trauma on the HSP. Differential Susceptibility and the HSP Five to Thrive. Q&A