ODW Anxiety PLUS Depression with Margaret Wehrenberg

ODW Anxiety PLUS Depression with Margaret Wehrenberg



This is a  6 hour On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be available immediately after successful registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on Thursday, November 18, and Friday, November 19, 2021

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The clinician’s challenge is to discern the co-morbidity since symptom presentations can be similar in both anxiety and depression. Further complicating matters is the fact that depression can lower energy to complete treatment recommendations and block effective starts in treatment.

Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg will use her clinical experience and foundation in neurobiological causes of anxiety and depression to identify different client presentations. These seven types of combined anxiety and depression presentations are:

  • The Low Energy Client whose anxiety interferes with depression.
  • The Hopeless Ruminator, whose depression makes it too difficult to energize.
  • The Panicky and Depressed person who needs to take charge of anxiety.
  • The Worried and Exhausted client who must address burnout.
  • The Quiet Avoider whose social anxiety promotes isolation and depression.
  • The High Energy Anxious and Depressed client whose energy masks depression.
  • The High Anxiety client who can use anxious energy for depression recovery.

Through interactive activities and lecture, you’ll learn how to immediately use methods to enable your clients to thrive in recovery.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, attendees will be better able to —

  • Utilize assessment tools to clarify symptoms to effectively diagnosis co-morbidity of anxiety and depression that will set the stage to ‘jump-start’  psychotherapy.
  • Communicate the efficacy of psychotherapy for positive brain change to improve clients compliance with treatment methods
  • Apply appraisal of temperament, locus of control, introversion/extraversion as well as DSM-V symptom evaluation to clients’ presentations of symptoms.
  • Establish treatment protocols for 7 types of co-occurring anxiety plus depression
  • Promote faster improvement in symptoms for Low Energy Clients by addressing cognitions
  • Increase the mental and physical energy of the Hopeless Ruminator
  • Apply panic management protocols that will also relieve depressive symptoms 
  • Utilize protocols for burnout that promote recovery from anxiety and depression
  • Recruit executive functions to positively challenge ruminative thinking
  •  Utilize the ‘3 C’s’ to enhance social success for the Quiet Avoider
  • Recognize and resolve the impact of trauma on High Energy Anxious and Depressed clients
  • Access and utilize the energy of the High Anxiety client to get quick remission of depression


Part 1

Time Topic Covered
Hour 1
  • Review of Assessment Options and Neurobiology:  I will discuss aspects of temperament, the impact of extraversion and introversion, the impact of locus of control, and do a basic review of brain structure and function as it relates to anxiety and depression recovery.
Hour 2
  • Raising Energy in the Low Energy Client and the Hopeless Ruminator: Working with the symptomatology of rumination, lethargy, and loss of interest, this session will identify beginning methods to raise energy high enough to begin depression recovery. Participants will practice tools to utilize positivity and change explanatory thinking.
Hour 3
  • Dealing with Co-morbid Panic and Depression and with Burnout: In this hour the immediate tools to resolve panic attacks will be reviewed, such as breathing and nutritional changes. Participants will discuss the process of evaluating the degree of burnout and making lifestyle changes to reduce burnout.

Part 2

Topic Covered
Hour 4
  • Remission for the Quiet Avoider – Dealing with Social Anxiety: Participants will help create a protocol that uses the ‘3 C’s’ to establish an effective social exposure for an adult or a child. 
Hour 5
  • Recognize and resolve trauma and anxiety in the High Energy Anxious and Depressed Client: This session will help therapists’ ability to recognize the impact of trauma and the masking effect of high energy that is essential for this client to effectively begin treatment. Several methods will be discussed.
Hour 6
  • Establish Fast Gains in the High Anxiety and Depressed Client: The impact of cognitive methods is most effective in this type of comorbid anxiety and depression. Learn to ‘jump-start’ treatment. Discuss planning on-going therapy for all clients

CE Information

This training offers 6 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance. 

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

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

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

Who Should Attend?

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

What level of knowledge the attendee should have in this topic?
– Intermediate/Advanced