Margee Kerr, PhD

This presentation will address the social, psychological and biological ways in which fear can be a positive emotion for youth and adults. Individual differences in engagement with scary or thrilling material (High Arousal Negative Stimuli) will be discussed with special attention on how those with PTSD may benefit from safe engagement.


  1. Define and differentiate fear (the emotion) from the physiological threat response.
  2. Explain the benefits of fear from a social, psychological, and biological perspective.
  3. Discuss individual differences that influence the engagement and growth from fear.
Target Audience: Clinical personnel, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, educators, community members. Introductory level. CE credits offered = 1.0 contact hours