Anxiety Management

Learn to Manage Anxiety and help others manage their anxiety. Self paced 100 hour online course

Course Code: BPS224
Fee Code: S2
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Anxiety and Panic Management

Feeling anxious is perfectly normal at times, but sometimes it can start to take over. This course will help you to -

  • Understand the signs and symptoms of anxiety and panic
  • Develop methods and plans to reduce feelings of anxiety and panic

This course is useful for –

  • People who suffer anxiety and panic and want to reduce their feelings of panic and anxiety.
  • People who work with those who suffer panic and anxiety, such as –
  • Teachers
  • Volunteers
  • Social workers
  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Counsellors
  • Wellbeing professionals
  • Other professionals working with people with anxiety and panic symptoms

Why Study this Course?

Understanding the signs and symptoms of anxiety and panic are an important first step to reducing the impact of anxiety and panic. Panic and anxiety can take over people’s lives.  This course will enable you to

  • recognise the signs and symptoms of anxiety and panic
  • develop plans to reduce feelings of anxiety and panic
  • look at alternative methods of reducing panic and anxiety
  • Improve your knowledge of anxiety and panic and how to deal with it yourself, or help others to deal with it.

This evidence-based course has the potential to help people to deal with the impact of panic and anxiety on their lives.

Written by experienced ACS writers with knowledge of anxiety and panic symptoms and ways to help people to cope.

A substantial and informative course that requires commitment and dedication from students.

The course has nine lessons with carefully constructed tasks and activities to develop an in depth understanding of anxiety and panic management.

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Anxiety and Panic
    • Introduction
    • Normal Anxiety
    • The Autonomic Nervous System
    • Anxiety Today
    • Types of Anxiety Disorders
  2. Defining Anxiety and Panic Disorders
    • What are Anxiety Disorders?
    • Physical Affects of Anxiety
    • Mental Symptoms of Anxiety
    • Anxiety Symptoms in Children
    • Recognising Anxiety
    • What is Panic?
    • Panic Symptoms in Children
    • The Difference Between Anxiety and Panic
  3. Managing Anxiety: Anxiety Management Plans
    • Methods of Managing Anxiety - Developing an Anxiety Management Plan
    • Anxiety Spirals
    • Understanding Triggers
    • Dealing With Triggers
    • Helping Children Articulate Feelings
    • Medication
    • Making an Anxiety Management Plan
    • Biofeedback
  4. Managing Social Anxiety Disorder
    • What is Social Anxiety Disorder?
    • Treating Social Anxiety Disorder
  5. Managing Generalised Anxiety Disorder
    • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
    • A Day in the Life of a Person With GAD
    • Recognising Anxiety Triggers
    • Managing Anxiety
    • Self-Help Ideas for GAD
  6. Managing Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
    • Panic Disorder
    • Treating Panic Attacks
    • Agoraphobia
    • Treating Agoraphobia
  7. Managing Environmental Factors that Increase Anxiety and Panic
    • Defining the Term Environment
    • Environmental Management
    • Strategies to Manage the Environment to Reduce Anxiety
  8. Alternative Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Panic
    • Pet Therapy
    • Horticultural Therapy
    • Ecotherapy
    • Creative Therapy
    • Play Therapy
  9. Research Project – Anxiety Management

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Describe anxiety and panic and reasons for the increasing levels of anxiety and panic in the modern world.
  • Define anxiety and panic disorder.
  • Describe the development of an anxiety management plan.
  • Describe appropriate ways to manage symptoms of social anxiety disorder.
  • Describe appropriate ways to manage symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder.
  • Describe appropriate ways to manage symptoms of panic disorder and agoraphobia.
  • Describe methods of managing the environment to reduce anxiety and panic.
  • Apply alternative techniques to reduce anxiety and panic.
  • Describe treatments for anxiety and/or panic disorder based upon a relevant signs, symptoms, and experiences.
  • Explain the nature of anxiety and panic disorders and propose a planned response for management.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal emotion which is characterised by apprehension, dread, and uneasiness. It is experienced as unpleasant. It is not the same as fear, since fear occurs in response to a specific object, whereas anxiety usually does not. Instead, anxiety is related to a perceived threat. Many people experience anxiety during their day to day lives.  

Anxiety disorders are different to everyday anxiety. They involve excessive fear and anxiety and are accompanied by behavioural disturbances. They are the most prevalent group of mental disorders throughout the world. It is estimated that one in five people experience an anxiety disorder at some time in their life. How serious this anxiety disorder is and how much it affects the person’s day to day life will vary from individual to individual. But it will also vary within that individual’s lifetime. Some people may have mild symptoms of anxiety at times, but at other times these can become more severe. Whether or not a person has a clinical diagnosis of anxiety will depend on the severity and duration of symptoms. 

Sometimes people will experience panic attacks.  This course will look at the signs and symptoms of anxiety and panic disorders and ways of coping with these feelings.



Understanding anxiety is the first step toward better managing it. This course not only helps you to understand anxiety, but also teaches you about different responses that can be taken and techniques used to reduce anxiety and it's effects.

What you learn hear can help you to help others - in your personal or professional dealings with people.

You may study this course for your own professional development working in health or other services sectors; or in any other context where you have the potential to encounter and need to deal with anxiety.

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You can enrol at anytime and start the course when you are ready. Enrolments are accepted all year - students can commence study at any time. All study is self paced and ACS does not set assignment deadlines.

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Tracey Jones (Psychologist)

B.Sc. (Psych), M.Soc.Sc., Dip.Social Work, P.G.Dip Learning Disability, Cert Editing, Cert Creative Writing, PGCE.
Member British Psychological Society, Member Assoc. for Coaching, Member British Learning Assoc.
25 years industry experience in writing, editing, education, psychology, and business. Tracey has several books and hundreds of articles published; in both fiction and non fiction.

Jacinda Cole (Psychologist)

Psychologist, Educator, Author, Psychotherapist.
B.Sc., Psych.Cert., M. Psych. Cert.Garden Design, MACA
Jacinda has over 25 years of experience in psychology, in both Australia and England. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a Masters in Psychology (Clinical) and also trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the London Centre for Psychotherapy. She has co-authored several psychology text books and many courses including diploma and degree level courses in psychology and counselling. Jacinda has worked for ACS for over 10 years.

Jade Sciascia

Biologist, Business Coordinator, Government Environmental Dept, Secondary School teacher (Biology); Recruitment Consultant, Senior Supervisor in Youth Welfare, Horse Riding Instructor (part-completed) and Boarding Kennel Manager.
Jade has a B.Sc.Biol, Dip.Professional Education, Cert IV TESOL, Cert Food Hygiene.


Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Tracey Jones

Tracey has over 20 years experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects.

She is a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work. Tracey has also written a text book on Psychology and has had several short stories published.

Gareth Pearce

Gareth has over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in a variety of colleges and universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the Universities of Melbourne and Bristol, having previously graduated in Agricultural Science and gained a PhD in Livestock Behaviour and Production. He also has post-graduate qualifications in Education, Wildlife Conservation Medicine, Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Wildlife Biology & Conservation.

Sarah Pirecki

A passionate advocate for animal health and welfare. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience majoring in Animal Health and Disease and is currently completing a Diploma of Project Management. She has a wide range of experience working in agricultural settings, veterinary nursing, assistance dog raising, and animal education.

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