Rewiring an (Extra-) Nervous System: A Case for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders using Neuropsychotherapy (Online Course)

R450.00 incl. Vat

This is the first online CPD course to be offered by Vista Academy.

Presenter: Anthony Townsend

HPCSA: 3 general CEUs on level 1 (educational, counselling, clinical, industrial & research psychologists; psychometrists and registered counsellors)
SACSSP: 1 CPD point for social workers

How an online CPD course works:

  • Ensure that you have access to a device with a stable internet connection, screen and speakers (e.g. computer, laptop or smartphone).
  • The course consists of 8 short video lessons, each containing a few stop points with questions (there are 15 questions in total).
  • Watch all of the lessons at your own pace and answer all of the questions included in them, being sure to click the green star at the end of the seekbar below the video to submit your answers.
  • Attain a final mark of 70% or more (you are allowed 3 attempts — if you do not pass the first time, simply contact us to assist you with a retry).
  • Complete the evaluation form within 14 days of completing the course (you will find it on the course page).
  • Your certificate (also to be found on the course page) will then be available for download within 14 days of completing the course.

NB: The attainment of CEUs or CPD points does not license any professional to practise outside of their scope or competency. CPD training is intended to broaden the knowledge of professionals and does not constitute professional training. The responsibility to practise within their relevant scope remains with the professional, regardless of what CPD training they attend. 


In a fascinating online talk, Anthony Townsend explores this nuanced and intricate approach to the treatment of anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalised anxiety disorder, in the hope of identifying mechanisms by which we can make anxiety work for us, rather than against us.

By dissecting interaction of the neural underpinnings, genetic origins and social antecedents of anxiety, the cornerstones of the (extra-)nervous system, the psychological fingerprint of anxiety is illuminated to help de-pathologise this very human experience and improve our insight into the workings of our minds.

With the global prevalence of anxiety disorders having increased by 14.9% over 10 years, the clinical management of anxiety represents an increasingly significant area of treatment attention for all healthcare professionals. While pharmacological intervention and traditional psychotherapy have demonstrated improved treatment efficacy over time, a new treatment approach called neuropsychotherapy which links cognitive and affective neuroscience to psychotherapeutic techniques, may offer a useful addition to available treatments for anxiety disorders.

Mental healthcare professionals will benefit from learning about various techniques to employ for anxious patients. This form of therapy is focused on providing techniques that patients can use themselves, therefore, it proves faster and is more cost effective than traditional modalities, which may be helpful, particularly for professionals working in contexts with large caseloads. Using material from in-depth case studies, a general therapeutic model for the treatment of anxiety which integrates relational psychoanalysis, rational-emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) and therapeutic neuropsychology is provided for those hoping to learn how psychological research translates into the practical techniques for anxiety-management.

By investigating what is unique about anxiety as well as what binds us in a common experience, Anthony hopes to demonstrate how one can re-wire an (extra-) nervous system to remind us that by thinking better, we can ultimately start feeling better…