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Social Work: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886427222-2563) for 49 continuing education contact hours.
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The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies is recognized by the National Association for Social Workers to offer continuing education as Provider #886427222 for 25 continuing education hours.
The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies is recognized by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) to offer continuing education as Provider #4600.
As restrictions to physical distancing begin to lift in the coming months, we are all facing an unprecedented situation: on the one hand, we will be “going back to normal,” but, on the other one, much has changed over the past few months, so we will actually living in a “new normal.” This juxtaposition of familiar and new can be the source of much anxiety and distress, but it can also represent an opportunity to redefine ourselves and grow. As therapists, we have a unique opportunity to help our clients not only cope with these changes, but also thrive in the face of this new life we’re about to start. In this webinar, I will discuss an emotion-focused CBT approach for helping clients manage surges in anxiety (e.g., worries about resuming in-person interactions, heightened fears of contamination, agoraphobic concerns, existential anxiety, hopelessness) and adopt a values-based approach to re-envision their lives (e.g., career, relationships, health). I will review a transdiagnostic approach, since clients might experience concerns that are not necessarily aligned with their current diagnosis (e.g., someone with social anxiety might become preoccupied with contamination). It will be highly interactive (so come prepared with questions!) and we’ll also tackle self-care as therapists.
Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT) is an evidence-based approach to the treatment of couples developed by Andrew Christensen from UCLA and the late Neil S. Jacobson from the University of Washington. IBCT is integrative in that it brings together the twin goals of emotional acceptance and behavior change. Also, it integrates a variety of treatment strategies under a consistent behavioral theoretical framework. IBCT is part of what some have called the “third wave” of behavior therapy. Like other so-called “third wave behavior therapies” like ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), it focuses on inner experience as well as overt, concrete behavioral change. It is adaptable for same sex as well as different sex couples as well as couples from diverse cultural backgrounds. Several clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of IBCT. It has been adopted by the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs as one of their empirically supported treatments for couples; extensive efforts to train VA therapists in IBCT have continued since 2010, with positive results. IBCT has also been adapted into an online program, www.OurRelationship.com by Brian Doss and Andrew Christensen; a recent clinical trial showed the effectiveness of that program. Currently, a nationwide study is evaluating the impact of this treatment for low income families in the United States. In this webinar, Christensen will provide an introduction to IBCT.
Perhaps the most critical problem facing our discipline today is the lack of understanding of why some individuals do not benefit fully from treatment. Indeed, we have no reliable predictors of treatment outcome for people presenting for psychological treatment. This accords with evidence from recent meta-analyses indicating that approximately half of patients in treatment studies do not achieve clinical remission. Neuroscience offers a set of tools that may help solve this problem. The goal of this webinar is to describe specific ways that integrating neuroscience in our work as researchers and clinicians may improve clinical care and enhance the efficacy of CBT. Specific topics that will be addressed include: the promises and challenges of neuroprediction, role of neurocognitive interventions in the context of CBT, and enhancement of neuroscience literacy in clinical psychology training programs.
Abstract: The developmental transition from adolescence to early adulthood is characterized as a time of uncertainty and instability but also of optimism and growth (see Arnett, 2004). For youth suffering with an anxiety disorder, this period can be fraught with impairments in meeting everyday tasks, resulting in a failure to achieve independent functioning. CBT and medication are effective treatments for anxiety in adolescents and children (Walkup, et al., 2008), however, long-term remission through the transition to adulthood is not maintained for nearly half of effectively treated youth (Ginsburg et al., 2014). Missing from our studies of clinical treatments has been a focus not just on anxiety management in the present, but on assisting youth and families in understanding and meeting the tasks of development. Central also, to treatment, is for youth to take on the challenges of anxiety and daily living with appropriate parental guidance and support. In this webinar, Dr. Albano will discuss the Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP), a model integrating the core components of effective CBT for anxiety in adolescents and young adults with novel components designed to address patient-caretaker dependency, role transitions, and attainment of behaviors necessary for independent functioning. LEAP is a developmentally-informed treatment aimed at both syndrome relief and improved functioning, based on our experiences in treating transition-aged youth and informed by critical reviews of the developmental psychology of emerging adulthood (e.g., Arnett, 2004). Dr. Albano will present the LEAP-specific assessment and treatment protocol with an emphasis on novel components including: negotiating a developmental hierarchy, planning for parental “letting go” while engaging and addressing core beliefs and fears of the parents and their emerging adult child, and engaging youth in community-based group exposures.
Recent widely publicized incidents of police brutality targeting Black people have helped to expose the depth and breadth of racism in our society. As a result, considerable attention has been placed across our academic institutions and organizations in the past few months on providing guidance and facilitating dialogue around the impacts of racism on clinical practice, teaching curricula, research pursuits, and professional/hiring patterns within our field. However, it is crucial we recognize that the occurrence of racism within our society, and our field, has been ever-present for Black and brown individuals for decades preceding the more recent media attention on these issues. Further, there is growing recognition that simply not being overtly racist is neither acceptable nor sufficient to achieve equity, but many people are not aware of the many opportunities they have to actively promote equity and inclusion in their work as mental health professionals. Thus, this panel will discuss ways that attendees can be actively anti-racist across a range of roles: as clinicians, educators, administrators, and researchers. This panel consists of four experts in the field with a range of expertise across these professional domains, who will share specific examples, strategies, and tools to pursue an actively anti-racist agenda in our professional pursuits. This panel is relevant to everyone in the field of mental health, regardless of training level, area of focus, and professional roles. It provides an important dialogue to ensure that efforts to move the needle in terms of inclusion and equity fall on every single one of us in the field, instead of just a few.
Abstract: Achieving effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy across a diversity of patients continues to be a foremost concern of clinicians and clinical researchers alike. Further, therapeutic alliance appears to be an important feature in supporting favorable outcomes from evidence-based treatments. Yet, there remains a scarcity of empirical data testing specific features that most readily facilitate effective collaboration in a multi-cultural therapy relationship. This webinar aims to enhance clinicians’ competency in providing multi-cultural therapy within the context of CBT, via discussion of empirically-derived guidelines for achieving this goal in therapy with patients (and therapists) of various cultural/racial backgrounds. A multi-cultural case study presenting with several co-morbid Axis I disorders is briefly provided to exemplify the practical application of these guidelines over the course of CBT.
Military veterans and service members currently serving are seeking community mental health in greater numbers than ever before. Yet, many community providers lack awareness and understanding of military culture, and may not feel competent to adequately assess their problems and needs. This webinar provides a basic overview of military culture, to include examination of its explicit and implicit elements, how to interact with military veterans and service members, as well as a review of key assessment areas, techniques, and strategies.
Human trafficking (HT) is a violation of human rights and a significant global health problem that may span various ages, genders, ethnic groups, socioeconomic groups and exploitation experiences (Chisolm-Straker & Stoklosa, 2017; Kiss et al., 2015; Shandro et al., 2016). Due to the invisible nature of trafficking, the lack of a central database to track cases, the low rate of disclosure, and the under-recognition and criminalization by authorities, the true prevalence of HT across the globe is unknown (Stransky & Finkelhor, 2012). Sexual trauma and psychological aggression are core experiences of women who are victims of sex trafficking (Menon et al., 2020). Yet many barriers to help-seeking may exist for this population of trauma survivors. Common psychological difficulties associated with human trafficking include depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse disorders, as well as impairment in functioning (Ghafoori & Taylor, 2017; Menon et al., 2020). This impact reveals the fundamental role that mental health services play in the urgent and long-term response to the needs of victims (Kiss et al., 2015).
Adequate sleep is essential for all age groups, but sleep during childhood is particularly critical based on its temporal overlap with brain development and physical growth. In addition to sleep problems that persist into adulthood, insomnia in childhood is a potent risk factor for a wide range of negative outcomes including overweight/obesity, inattention, hyperactivity, learning problems, conduct problems, substance use, anxiety, and depression. Unfortunately, up to 70% of children in the U.S. age 10 and under experience a sleep problem several times per week. Effective, evidence-based treatments are available, but the number of providers with training in behavioral sleep interventions is limited. This webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of insomnia in children. Following brief review of the essential role of sleep in childhood and specific factors that give rise to poor sleep, validated assessment tools that provide a comprehensive understanding of children’s sleep problems will be discussed. Evidence-based treatment strategies will then be presented and discussed in the context of a case example.
Abstract: The primary purpose of this webinar is to provide a practical guide to the meaning and applicability of the APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct to the professional practice of psychology. The webinar will put into practical perspective the rational behind and application of ethical standards to the broad spectrum of professional roles and activities of psychologists using clear examples of behaviors that would be in compliance with or in violation of enforceable standards. Using case examples the workshop is intended to assist psychologists in effectively using the Ethics Code to address new ethical challenges that continue to emerge in the rapidly changing new technologies, evidence-based practice competencies, cultural landscape, and health care law.