Not Just Benzodiazepines: Alternative Treatments of Anxiety and Depression

ID: 4199WEB

The primary goal of this webinar is to explore non-pharmaceutical treatment of depression and anxiety. The number of people looking for non-pharmaceutical interventions is increasing in both the psychiatric and addiction fields. One need look no further than the desire to decrease benzodiazepine (BZD) use. Treatments to be discussed include herbal and amino acid substances as well as vagal nerve stimulation. [This webinar will complete your prescription opioid social work license requirement.]

Fee: $60.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 3.00


Instructor: Craig Strickland, PhD
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm ET
Location: Zoom (Interactive Webinar)
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Instructor: Craig Strickland, PhD
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm ET
Location: Zoom (Interactive Webinar)
Class Unavailable

Webinar Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
● Summarize the advantages and disadvantages of BZDs
● List three herbal medications used to treat depression
● Describe the mechanism by which some amino acids work in the brain
● Summarize the effects of using vagal nerve stimulation to treat depression
● List three alternatives to benzodiazepines for treating anxiety

Webinar Outline

9:30 am Welcome/Introduction
9:35 am Instructor Welcome and Webinar Overview
9:40 am Ups and downs of BZDs
10:00 am Alternatives used to treat depression and amino acids
11:15 am Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VGS)
11:30 am Alternatives used to treat anxiety
12:20 pm Conclusion/Q&A

Target Audience

Social Workers and Allied Health Professionals

Content Level

Beginner - Advanced

Webinar Completion Requirements

To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course and complete an online course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.

System Requirements

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
  • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

About the Instructor

Dr. Strickland graduated from Bryn Mawr College in with a Doctorate in Psychology and a focus on experimental research and neuroscience. Past positions include a faculty position at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and affiliate faculty positions at Widener University and Springfield College. He currently has guest lecturer privileges at the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, the Rutgers School of Social Work and an affiliate professor position at Thomas Jefferson University, East Fall Campus in the Community and Trauma Counseling program. Dr. Strickland is the owner of Biobehavioral Education and Consultation, LLC

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