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ANXIETY DISORDERS: RECOGNISING, UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING - Exploring key characteristics to support informed and effective interactions.

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Renata Porzig-Drummond PhD
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When does a normal stress response turn into anxiety? What is the difference between a panic attack and panic disorder? Would you recognise the symptoms of an anxiety disorder and know how to communicate effectively with a person who is experiencing an anxiety disorder? Almost 15% of Australians suffer from an anxiety disorder. Many people with an anxiety disorder function seemingly well, despite their symptoms, but suffer in silence. Over time, anxiety symptoms can be overwhelming and draining, and lead to unhelpful communication that, in turn, might worsen the situation.

This seminar will provide an understanding of anxiety disorders, including: an overview and the causes of anxiety disorders; generalised anxiety disorder; social anxiety disorder; agoraphobia; specific phobias, such as fear of heights, fear of flying, or fear of public speaking; and differentiation between a panic attack and panic disorder. 

For all anxiety disorders, four areas will be explored: (1) clusters of symptoms, (2) the lived experience, (3) treatment options, and (4) helpful and unhelpful communication. Case studies and audio-visual material will be used to illustrate the lived experience. The presentation style will be interactive, encouraging participant questions and contributions.


Feedback form Renata’s recent presentations to health professionals:

“Renata’s enthusiasm, attention to detail, going over and beyond expectations made it an absolute pleasure.”

“The enthusiasm, knowledge on this subject and in general, and engaging teaching ability to teach made this an enjoyable and valuable training. Thank you!”

“Renata’s enthusiasm makes such a difference to the training. She is a very knowledgeable and positive trainer.”

“Renata was very encouraging of us to ask questions and engaging with her in a way that knowledge was fantastic and contributed to everyone’s learning. She was approachable and fair. Just great!”

“Renata’s knowledge and experience is impressive! She was well prepared, approachable and helpful throughout.”

“A very interesting topic – Renata was so helpful in terms of information and responding to questions.

Renata answered questions and managed the room skilfully. She created a wonderful learning environment and I learned so much to take into my practice.”


PDP Live Webcast - One full day

Our continuing professional development events meet the quality standard recognised by many relevant
professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, mental health
nursing, community work, counselling, psychotherapy and more. 

This event provides 6 hours of live interactive training and participants are required to complete the quiz in order to retrieve their certificate of completion. 

We recommend checking with your association for the correct calculation of points for this event. 


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PhD, BSc Psychology (Hon), Grad Dip Psychology, BA, Cert Holistic Couns

Renata Porzig-Drummond PhD teaches at the University of Adelaide. She uses an interactive presenting style that is engaging and emphasises practical application in a clinical context. Renata holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a BSc Psychology (Hon) from Macquarie University; a GradDip in Psychology and a BA from the University of Sydney; and a Certificate of Holistic Counselling from Nature Care College. Renata’s research has focused on behaviour change, particularly on the use of emotion-focused and cognitive-behavioural strategies in effecting behaviour change.

Her research has been published in leading academic journals, including Behaviour Research and Therapy, Australian Social Work and Social Science & Medicine. Renata’s clinical experience includes crisis counselling, psychological assessment, and working with clients with a variety of mental health issues. Renata is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Coaching Federation.

Registration Details

Registration fee:  $199 

Recorded version available to view for 3 months after event. 

Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training.  

Additional​ viewer: $99 

Watch the event with the Primary Participant as part of a group (on same device)

Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training.


This seminar provides 6 hours for CPD points.   

Reminders will be sent prior to your live webcast event with a link to your account at where you will see your purchased webcasts. 

You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.

N.B. The recording of this event will be available in your account approximately 15 days from the date of the webcast and will remain accessible then for a full three months. 


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Have an understanding of anxiety disorders.
  2. Recognise key characteristics of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and specific phobias.
  3. Understand the lived experience.
  4. Learn to distinguish between helpful and unhelpful communication when interacting with people affected by anxiety disorders.

“This seminar will focus on (1) a deeper understanding of anxiety disorders, (2) skills in recognising symptoms clusters related to anxiety disorders, and (3) helpful and unhelpful communication when interacting with people affected by anxiety disorders.”    Renata Porzig-Drummond


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Learn to identify patterns of symptoms relating to: panic attacks, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and specific phobias.
  • Understand the lived experience of people with these anxiety disorders.
  • Learn to distinguish between communication that is helpful and unhelpful when interacting with people with these anxiety disorders.


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Overview of anxiety disorders
  • Causes of anxiety disorders
  • Panic attacks
  • Symptom clusters, lived experience, treatment options, and helpful communication related to:
    • Panic disorder
    • Generalised anxiety disorder

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Symptom clusters, lived experience, treatment options, and helpful communication related to:
    • Social anxiety disorder
    • Agoraphobia
    • Specific phobias

​Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.

To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title.

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This training workshop is suitable for anyone without or minimal prior training or experience in mental health who may encounter people with mental health issues in their professional lives. These may include: coaches; HR professionals; some counsellors, psychotherapists and social workers (depending on their training); teachers, volunteers; community workers; and allied health professionals.

Webcast Schedule

Session One :      ​9:15 AM– 10:50 AM

Break :                 10:50 AM – 11:10 AM

Session Two :      11:10 AM – 12:45 AM

Lunch Break :      12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Session Three :   1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Break :                 2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Session Four:      3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

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