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Anxiety Disorders: Understanding and Providing Effective Support

This workshop will provide a general introduction to the experiences and impacts of anxiety. Particular focus will be given to Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.



Gain a fundamental understanding of the various types of anxiety issues that sit within the umbrella term of Anxiety Disorders. These include generalised anxiety, phobias, panic, PTSD, OCD, and other specific issues such as social anxiety. An overview of effective, recommended responses and supportive strategies will be overviewed to guide participants in supporting individuals who experience anxiety. 

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Understand anxiety and the anxiety cycle including possible risk factors and causes

  • The range, presentation and diagnosis of various anxiety disorders

  • Understand the impacts an anxiety disorder may have on an individual

  • Individual and community strategies for support

  • Gain a basic awareness of mindfulness and other contemporary strategies

  • Effective and safe ways of responding and supporting individuals

  • Understand clinical and other therapeutic strategies and management options

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

3. Working with whānau

4. Working within communities

5. Challenging Discrimination


Facilitated by Dr Chris Taua and Paula Rountree 

Dr Chris Taua PhD, RN, BN, MN(Dist), PGC(MH), CAdTch, FNZCMHN

Chris is a registered nurse by profession with a background in mental health. She has over 25 years' experience in health/disability sectors. Her education portfolio includes mental health, disability, ethics and boundaries, communication and de-escalation, collaborative note writing, and culturally safe practice. Her PhD explored the mental health inpatient experiences of people with intellectual disability and she continues to publish on this and other topics including cultural diversity/cultural safety. She is currently Director and primary Consultant for ‘Pumahara Consultants, Personal and Professional Development Specialists’ and holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer role with The University of Queensland as well as other teaching roles with Universities around NZ and Australia.

Paula Rountree Cert.ComPsC, NZDipBus

Employed by the Mental Health Education and Resource Centre since 1998, Paula also has over 20 years’ experience working as a community support worker in the field of intellectual disability. She has lived experience of an anxiety disorder and has had 12 years’ experience in a voluntary coordination role for an anxiety-related peer support organisation. Paula has been involved in facilitating Anxiety Disorder workshops for MHERC, community organisations and tertiary institutes for a number of years. With a love for learning, Paula enjoys attending relevant conferences and workshops on anxiety disorders when the opportunities arise.


Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Four | Catering: Refreshments provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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