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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.
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Black children and adolescents live in a society wherein anti-Black racism is a common experience. Schools systems are often platforms for these social injustices, where Black children experience disproportionately punitive discipline, microaggressions, explicit racism, and police brutality while simultaneously attempting to learn. Racial stress and trauma (RST) is a byproduct of racism when racism disrupts psychological, emotional and physical well-being. This presentation will explore Black youth’s experiences with racism and racial stress and trauma in schools and intervention research conducted on school-based trauma interventions. Additionally, this presentation provides future directions for research and reveals the need for further research on school-based assessment and interventions for Black youth’s racial stress and trauma. Strategies for building resilience among this population and practice recommendations based on empirical evidence will also be discussed.
Exposure therapy has existed for nearly 100 years. Exposure has a robust body of evidence to demonstrate its use for anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Exposure is not only a highly effective treatment; research has shown that it is well tolerated and has lasting results. Despite this, exposure treatment may be difficult to obtain. Therapists rarely use exposure therapy. Many cite fear of using exposure due to lack of training to properly administer the treatment. Additionally, myths about exposure therapy have endured. This training will provide psychologists with the tools that they need to begin using exposure in their practice.
This training will begin by addressing unhelpful myths about exposure to help reduce therapist fears. Participants will learn about emotional processing theory and inhibitory learning theory and how these apply to real world clinical settings. Exposure will be demonstrated through a series of videos and instruction.
Participants will also learn to provide a rationale for exposure that is understandable to clients. Methods for creating exposures will be demonstrated. Participants will also learn how to conduct exposures during therapy sessions and assign home practice. Avoidance and safety behaviors that maintain and worsen symptoms will also be discussed.
Common errors made by therapists who are new to using exposure, such as delaying or avoiding treatment for fear of client distress will also be discussed. Finally, goals for therapy and maintenance of improvement will also be reviewed.
This webinar provides an overview of Parent‑Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based behavioral treatment for families of young children with severe behavior problems. PCIT is based on Baumrind’s developmental theory, which holds that authoritative parenting – a combination of nurturance, good communication, and firm limits – produces optimal child mental health outcomes. In PCIT, parents learn authoritative parenting skills through direct therapist coaching of parent‑child interactions, guided by observational data collected in each session. Therapists coach parents using a Bluetooth-type device from behind a one-way mirror, as the parent interacts with the child. Parents receive immediate feedback on their use of techniques such as differential social attention and consistent consequences as they practice new relationship-enhancement and limit-setting skills. Children learn appropriate play and social skills through daily play therapy sessions with the parent. Children’s defiance, aggression, and tantrums decrease as parents gradually introduce compliance training procedures into the home. Videotape review and slides will be used to teach participants the basic parenting skills, coding procedures, and coaching techniques, as well as to provide an overview of the research supporting the intervention. Applications of PCIT within physically abusive families and other populations will be discussed.
Drawing on findings from evidence-based programs of CBT supervision, this presentation will highlight the essential contents and processes of CBT supervision. The following sub-topics will be described: (1) The supervisory relationship, (2) the chief responsibilities and teaching methods of a CBT supervisor, (3) promoting ethical behavior and cross-cultural sensitivity in supervisees, (4) helping supervisees to conceptualize cases to assist in their use of techniques, and (5) providing feedback and formal evaluations in a timely, constructive manner. Multi-modal aspects of the methods of supervision will be highlighted, including the use of readings, audio-visual recordings, role-modeling, and role-playing. This webinar is designed for early career professionals who anticipate or have recently commenced providing CBT supervision, as well as more experienced CBT supervisors looking for a refresher course.
Abstract: Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (BCBT) for suicide risk is a 12-session outpatient psychological treatment that directly targets the cognitive, affective, and behavioral mechanisms that underlie suicidal behavior. Results of a recently-completed randomized controlled trial indicate that BCBT reduces suicide attempts by 60% among active duty military personnel as compared to treatment as usual. The current workshop is designed to provide participants with a summary of critical treatment components when working with suicidal patients and an overview of the BCBT protocol.
The science of behavior change in children with autism is well developed and sophisticated. The science and practice of changing the behavior of educators to increase their use of evidence-based practices lags far behind, however. Nowhere is this more evident than in low-resource public schools, where poor pre-service training, school resources, and organizational culture and climate all can contribute to inadequate implementation of evidence-based practices. In these situations, traditional consultation and training practices often don’t result in desired change. In this presentation, I describe a 10-year public-academic partnership and line of research in Philadelphia through which we have developed the science and practice of supporting public school teachers working under difficult circumstances.
The vast majority of CBT clinicians receive no training in how to broach spiritual matters with patients, and many never inquire about this domain at all (Rosmarin, Green, Pirutinsky & McKay, 2013). These limitations are significant considering that more than nine in ten Americans believe in God (Gallup Poll, 2011) and the statistical majority of psychotherapy patients wish to discuss spirituality in treatment (Rose, Westefeld, & Ansley, 2001). Based on current research this workshop will present an easy-to-understand framework for CBT clinicians to conceptualize the relevance of spirituality/religion to a variety of mental health concerns. Attendees will also learn how to implement a brief CBT-based assessment of spirituality/religion in clinical practice.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a prevalent and debilitating disorder. Although effective treatments for PTSD have been identified, there are barriers to both delivering and receiving these treatments. From the patient perspective, the treatments are time consuming (e.g., number of sessions and between session assignments), which accounts for high dropout rates (i.e., 36%). From the provider perspective, the treatments involve substantial training to be able to effectively deliver the intervention and the time required to prepare for treatment sessions serves as an additional barrier (Finley et al., 2015). Written Exposure Therapy (WET) represents an alternative, evidence-based PTSD treatment approach that is efficient and associated with low treatment dropout rates (e.g., less than 10%). Moreover, WET has been found to be non-inferior relative to the more time intensive Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), with significantly lower dropout rates relative to CPT. This webinar describes the development of WET, efficacy findings support its use, and provides recommendations for the types of patients for whom WET might be most appropriate.
Rumination has been identified as a core process in the maintenance and onset of depression (Nolen-Hoeksema, 1991; 2000) and as a possible transdiagnostic mechanism contributing to co-morbidity (Harvey et al., 2004; Nolen-Hoeksema & Watkins, 2011). Furthermore, rumination seems to be a difficult-to-treat symptom, which is associated with poorer outcomes for psychological therapy. This webinar will illustrate how the CBT approach can be modified to reduce rumination in chronic, recurrent and residual depression and co-morbid anxiety, using new approaches derived from clinical experience and experimental research. A programme of research by Dr Watkins has suggested that the thinking style adopted during rumination can determine whether it has helpful or unhelpful consequences on social problem solving (Watkins & Moulds, 2005) and emotional processing (Watkins, 2004, 2008). This experimental work has inspired a novel approach to treating depression, called Rumination-focused CBT, which focuses on changing the process of thinking, rather than simply changing the content of thinking, in order to be more effective in successfully reducing rumination and treating depression (Watkins, 2016). There is now empirical backing for the efficacy of this approach for difficult-to-treat patients in terms of a randomised controlled trial funded by NARSAD (Watkins et al., 2011; Watkins, 2015). Moreover, a recent trial of group RFCBT has found that it outperformed standard group CBT for outpatient depression (Hvennegard et al., 2019).
The negative consequences of interpersonal trauma (e.g., physical abuse) take a disproportionate toll on Black youth due to the compounding stress of experiencing unique race related stressors both directly (e.g., microaggressions) and vicariously (e.g., witnessing police brutality in the media). Community based mental health services exist to provide child and family treatment for trauma to help prevent and treat negative sequelae. However, these services are often underutilized as they do not systematically consider racial stress and trauma in their intakes, assessment, or treatments. To increase their utility in responding to and treating trauma, cognitive-behavioral treatments and services should address cultural factors (e.g., system mistrust) that are likely to influence Black families' willingness to engage in treatment. In addition, Black youth rely on particular assets and strengths in their families and communities to reduce negative mental and behavioral health outcomes from interpersonal and race-related stressors. Racial socialization is the protective process of transmitting cultural behaviors, attitudes, and values to prepare youth to cope with racial stressors, and is associated with positive outcomes including increased resilience, coping abilities, and decreased problem behaviors and anxiety in Black youth. This webinar will provide an overview of the impact of interpersonal and racial stress and trauma on mental health and behavioral outcomes for Black youth. This webinar will also present findings from research on organizational barriers and facilitators to service utilization and engagement for ethnic minority caregivers referred for treatment at a nationally accredited community mental health center for children.