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Course: NEW! The Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety: The 8-Week Solution to Help You Manage Anxiety, Worry & Stress
by Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC

CE Credit Hours: 8
Fee: $39

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This book is designed as an eight-week path to a mindful life with less anxiety. Each of the eight weeks has an activity or exercise designed to build and strengthen the skills that will help you manage and decrease your anxiety symptoms. Every week you'll be presented with three main exercises, designed to be done twice each, back-to-back. Those exercises will take you through the first six days of your week.

The exercises will vary in nature. Some will be quiet meditations, others will be writing exercises, and some will involve you taking some sort of action. You'll also be given homework at the end of each week to round things off and reflect on what you've learned. The exercises and meditations are designed to be gradual, guided steps toward living differently.

That said, this is your book. You can take the exercises and readings at your own pace. Remember that one of the mental skills of mindfulness is nonjudgment. Don't worry about how you do the program or judge the way you're approaching the book and exercises. Take the book day by day, and skill by skill, and know that you are doing it the right way for you.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Describe to clients the purpose of anxiety and the biological mechanism which prepare them for a 'fight or flight' response.
  • Present the scientific literature supportive of Mindfulness. Be able to list the substantial research supporting Mindfulness, why and how it works.
  • Select clients for whom Mindfulness appears to be an efficacious treatment approach. Walk them through the initial steps of the Mindfulness Workbook answering their questions and providing feedback.
  • To teach clients relevant information on anxiety, e.g., the difference between fear and anxiety. They will be able to describe worry and rumination, social anxiety, phobias and avoidance, panic attacks, ultimately giving clients more control over these experiences.
  • To review with clients their homework for each of the eight weeks. To discuss the exercises, writing, and 'take a ways' each week and assign relevant homework for the following week.
  • To model non-judgmentalness and to instruct clients to be non-judgmental when they fall behind on writing and behavioral exercises.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is appropriate for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians and addiction professionals.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers ready.
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Bio: Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC

With credentials such as a Nationally Certified Counselor and her own personal experience with mental health care, author Tanya J. Peterson uses writing and speaking to increase understanding of and compassion for people living with mental illness as well as to help all people enhance their own mental health and well-being. She has written four critically acclaimed, award-winning novels, a self-help book, and she writes extensively for the mental health website Her HealthyPlace writing includes a weekly column entitled Anxiety-Schmanxiety. Additionally, she writes the main article in their weekly newsletter and has written more than 100 articles about various mental health topics that appear around the Furthermore, Tanya has written numerous mental health articles for varying online and print sources. She has been a guest on radio programs, speaking about mental health and her writing. She has also spoken about mental health regionally and nationally. She lives with her family in Oregon. Visit to learn more about Tanya and find links to connect with her.