ABCT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ABCT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Social Work: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886427222-2563) for 49 continuing education contact hours.
The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5797. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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.
Abstract: Various technologies may be integrated into mental health practice, both for administrative and clinical purposes. These include the telephone, e-mail, text messaging, Apps, and interactive televideo communications. The relative merits of each for augmenting in-person treatment as well as as the sole medium for providing professional services across distances will be reviewed along with their potential limitations and challenges. Ethics and legal issues and concerns regarding integrating these various technologies into practice will be addressed and recommendations for the effective, ethical, and legal practice of behavioral telehealth will be made.
The Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents (UP-C/UP-A) present the compelling idea that there may be a more efficient method of presenting effective strategies, such as those commonly included in CBT and third-wave behavior therapies, in order to simultaneously address an array of emotional disorder concerns in children and adolescents. The child and adolescent Unified Protocols frame treatment strategies in the general language of strong or intense emotions and promote change through a common lens that can be flexibly adapted across youth emotional disorders, including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders and others, sub-threshold presentations of such or combinations of these problem areas. Specifically, the UP-C and UP-A help youth by allowing them to focus on a straightforward goal across emotional disorders: reducing intense negative emotion states by extinguishing the distress and anxiety these emotions produce through emotion-focused education, awareness techniques, cognitive strategies, problem-solving and an array of behavioral strategies, including a full-range of exposure and activation techniques. This webinar will provide a comprehensive introduction to the UP-A, a modular, individual therapy for adolescents; and, a more structured, group therapy for children (UP-C), the latter of which also includes a full parent-directed curriculum. Case illustrations and brief technique demonstrations throughout the webinar will help illustrate the flexible nature of the UP-C and UP-A materials and how they may be utilized in a clinician-directed manner to optimize and personalize treatment outcomes.
Sexual orientation disparities in mental health and related psychosocial outcomes are one of the most robust population disparities in psychiatric epidemiology, likely driven by LGB people's disproportionate exposure to stigma-related stress. This presentation will review the first evidence-based treatment package to reduce depression, anxiety, and related health conditions by reducing the processes through which stigma-related stress impairs the mental health of this population. Attendees will learn to utilize LGB-affirmative therapeutic principles and techniques to adapt standard cognitive-behavioral approaches to specifically address the stigma-related stress faced by LGB people across development. Preliminary efficacy data from a recent RCT will be presented suggesting that this LGB-affirmative treatment package, called ESTEEM, can reduce sexual minority men's depression, alcohol abuse, sexual compulsivity, and HIV risk behavior.
Abstract: eHealth and mHealth technologies, such as Internet websites, mobile apps, and wearable devices, have been increasingly developed to deliver and facilitate behavioral and cognitive treatments. Accumulating research continues to demonstrate the efficacy of such resources for improving the management of behavioral and mental health issues with strong support for behavioral and cognitive approaches. Unfortunately, few practitioners have received training or education regarding practical concerns related to these technological resources or best practices for integrating them into practice. This webinar will present strategies for identifying and evaluating eHealth and mHealth technologies and discuss a variety of practical concerns including understanding data security and privacy, using technology to support treatment, and documenting the use of technology in clinical notes. We will discuss the evolving regulatory landscape regarding websites, apps, and digital therapeutics and provide guidance as to how professionals can better understand, search for, and evaluate different resources. We will then present information regarding clinical integration of technologies including working technology into one’s workflow, introduction technologies into clinical care, using technologies in support of a treatment plan, reviewing data collected through these resources, and documenting the use of technologies in clinical records. We will close with a discussion of some emerging technologies in the behavioral and mental health space to provide practitioners with some ideas of what to expect in this rapidly developing and evolving field.
Abstract: This presentation will: 1) sum up findings of approximately 40 randomized, controlled trials evaluating the effects of cognitive rehabilitation on cognitive outcomes in SMI; 2) demonstrate the basics of cognitive training programs, including cognitive practice software, strategy coaching, meta cognitive strategies, and compensatory strategies; 3) provide examples of the generalization of cognitive task practice to performance of work tasks; 4) describe the Thinking Skills for Work Program, a cognitive enhancement program that is integrated with supported employment, and contains 5 specific components, including assessment, cognitive task practice, individualized self-management strategies, job search planning, and job support consultation.
The racially stressful events of the past decade, punctuated by the current “double pandemic” of COVID-19 and racially-implicated deaths of Black individuals, have heightened the call for anti-racism in various spheres of influence, including in clinical work. Principle-driven strategies for treatment, often found in “Third Wave” adaptations to cognitive and behavioral treatment, have the potential to imbue principles of anti-racism more thoroughly into treatment while maintaining the integrity of evidence-based treatment protocols. This presentation will discuss the ethical responsibility of practitioners to engage in anti-racist work, review literature of existing third-wave interventions (i.e. DBT, ACT) that use principle-driven anti-racist strategies to present culturally humble care, and focus participants on their own committed action to anti-racism in their own practice.
Given the preponderance of evidence supporting the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), there has been an increased emphasis on dissemination to community mental health systems (CMH).This webinar will focus on the challenges for implementation of CBT with community mental health clinicians with respect to support, assistance, and resources CMH clinicians need as they continue to build CBT competency. Common stuck points in training will be discussed. Several basic strategies identified by trainers to be commonly used during consultation (adherence to structure, behavioral rehearsals, practice sample review, and case consultation) will be reviewed. Additionally, difficulties in implementing the most effective strategies including experiential learning, practice sample review, and case conceptualization will be discussed. Finally, the relation between implementation models that add case consultation and treatment adherence and intervention skill across CMH clinicians will be highlighted.
During 2020, the twin pandemics of COVID 19 and social unrest exposed significant socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities within the United States. Unfortunately, psychotherapy has often reflected these disparities. If psychotherapy is to remain meaningful and credible it needs to be inclusive of the needs and characteristics of all, not just of a privileged few. Cultural Psychotherapy addresses this issue by underscoring how our interventions/relationships and who we are is embedded within socio-economic cultural contexts that confine our relationships and meanings. In this presentation Cultural Psychotherapy’s integrative and systematic model is underscored describing its specific applications. The three treatment phases are depicted, highlighting how they are used to address patients’ symptoms and to empower them to transform unjust socioeconomic contexts.
Abstract: This webinar will present an overview of the various dilemmas and challenges faced by psychologists in their clinical work. Available data of vulnerable areas for practitioners will be provided to increase practitioner's awareness, including from the Insurance Trust regarding primary allegations in losses; the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) summary of reported disciplinary actions for psychologists by licensing boards; and the American Psychological Association Ethics Office summary of number and types of complaints. Controversial changes in the adjudication processes of cases in the latter will be briefly described. Strategies to prevent violations will be reviewed, including basic tasks for professional ethics, moral principles that underlie the Ethics Code standards, and information from various guidelines. A model for resolving ethical dilemmas will be provided as foundation for developing an ethical orientation to aid in ethical decision making.
Body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), including hair pulling and skin picking, are receiving increasing recognition given their prevalence rates, potential medical complications and functional impact. Although empirical evidence supports CBT as the first-line intervention, these disorders can remain challenging to treat. This webinar will review existing treatment approaches and highlight ways to improve treatment efficacy.