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Becoming Panic Free:
The SOAR Approach

Previously Recorded

Presenter: Tom Bunn MSW LCSW

70 minutes

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will understand the basic operation of the autonomic nervous system.
  2. Participants will understand the role oxytocin can play to inhibiting up-regulation.
  3. Participants will understand the role a non-judgmental person's face, voice, and touch can play in causing downregulation.
  4. Participants will know how to use stabilizing memories to neutralize panic triggers.
Agenda:

1. Overview of the autonomic nervous system. 2. The role oxytocin can play to inhibit up-regulation. 3. The face-heart connection: activating the calming parasympathetic nervous system. 4. Identifying an oxytocin-producing memory. Linking it to the sequence of events in a challenging situation. 5. Identifying a non-judgmental person. Linking their presence to the challenging sequence of events. 6. Linking the person's presence to feelings of alarm. 7. Using links to prevent panic attack "domino effect" development by neutralizing each element of panic.

Resources for further study:
Panic Free: The 10-DAY Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia, by Tom Bunn LCSW
SOAR: The Breakthrough Treatment for Fear of Flying, by Tom Bunn LCSW
Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies, edited by Stephen Porges and Deb Dana.

This webinar offers 1 NYS ED Self Study Credits

Arousal is regulated by the autonomic nervous system. It has two parts: the sympathetic nervous system that up-regulates us when stress hormones are released by the amygdala, and the parasympathetic nervous system that downregulates us when unconsciously transmitted signals from the face, voice, and touch of an attuned person are properly processed. This course offers strategies to end panic by inhibiting the sympathetic system and activating the parasympathetic system in emotionally challenging situations (elevators, tunnels, high places, bridges, MRIs, flying, etc.). The sympathetic system is inhibited by pre-establishing links between the events that will take place in a challenging situation and an oxytocin-producing memory. The parasympathetic system is activated in by pre-establishing links to the memory of the face, voice, and touch. Since panic can arise "out of the blue," feelings of alarm are linked to the memory of a calming person's face, voice, and touch in order to automatically down-regulate alarm.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will understand the basic operation of the autonomic nervous system.
  2. Participants will understand the role oxytocin can play to inhibiting up-regulation.
  3. Participants will understand the role a non-judgmental person's face, voice, and touch can play in causing downregulation.
  4. Participants will know how to use stabilizing memories to neutralize panic triggers.
Agenda:

1. Overview of the autonomic nervous system. 2. The role oxytocin can play to inhibit up-regulation. 3. The face-heart connection: activating the calming parasympathetic nervous system. 4. Identifying an oxytocin-producing memory. Linking it to the sequence of events in a challenging situation. 5. Identifying a non-judgmental person. Linking their presence to the challenging sequence of events. 6. Linking the person's presence to feelings of alarm. 7. Using links to prevent panic attack "domino effect" development by neutralizing each element of panic.

Resources for further study:
Panic Free: The 10-DAY Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia, by Tom Bunn LCSW
SOAR: The Breakthrough Treatment for Fear of Flying, by Tom Bunn LCSW
Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies, edited by Stephen Porges and Deb Dana.

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