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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.
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.
In 2017, over 47,000 people died of opioid overdose, continuing the more than 2-decade trend of unabated escalation of opioid-related fatalities. In addition, over 2 million people suffer from opioid use disorder, with many more misusing heroin or prescription opioid analgesics. The scope of this problem requires response from the entire healthcare system, including mental health clinicians. The goal of this webinar is to provide an overview of effective treatment for opioid use disorder as well as practical guidance on preventing and detecting opioid misuse and making appropriate referrals. Topics reviewed will include a description of evidence-based treatments for opioid use disorder, assessment and identification of opioid misuse and opioid use disorder, resources for referral, and the role of behavior therapy in the treatment of opioid use disorder.
For Black youth and adults, prolonged exposure to racial discrimination has resulted in debilitating psychological, behavioral, and health outcomes. To help their children prepare for and prevent the deleterious consequences of discrimination, many Black parents utilize racial socialization, or communication about racialized experiences. And, while racial socialization strategies correspond with several CBT strategies widely used by clinicians, there is a critical gap between what Black families do to mitigate discriminatory distress and what clinicians and providers offer Black youth. As such, training clinicians to more effectively utilize racial socialization processes and develop such skills to help Black youth and parents heal from the effects of past, current, and future racial trauma is important. Greater racial socialization competency is proposed as achievable through intentional and mindful practice, thus, this symposium will explore theories and practices important in the healing processes of racial trauma for Black families, clinicians, and researchers alike, especially in times of exceptional stress (e.g., COVID-19).
Abstract: Most people in need of behavioral health interventions locally, nationally, and globally, do not have access to evidence-based interventions because of fear of stigma, financial or time cost, unavailability of trained providers, or unavailability of providers with appropriate language or cultural expertise. Digital interventions (web-based interventions, mobile apps, wearable sensors, and other technological advances) have been tested in randomized controlled trials and found to be effective for a number of health and mental health conditions. Most of these interventions are based on cognitive-behavioral approaches found effective in face-to-face modalities. This webinar will present an overview of digital interventions that have been found effective for several common health conditions, such as depression, smoking, and eating disorders. The webinar will describe the concept of Digital Apothecaries (online repositories of evidence-based digital interventions) and Massive Open Online Interventions (MOOIs, similar to Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs), and the important differences between consumable and non-consumable interventions.
Organization, Time Management, and Planning are hindered in ADHD. Problems with these skills have an impact on school and adjustment in childhood, adolescence, and contribute to limited adult success as well. For over 10 years, we have conducted a thorough program to understand OTMP deficits in ADHD. Our extensive efforts supported by foundation and federal government grants have provided insights into the assessment and effective treatment of OTMP deficits. We have a sound program that has been fully tested with elementary school age children and a promising program for middle school children. Additionally, we have used insights from this work to begin development of programs for high school and college students. This presentation will review our systematic program of research and resulting assessment and intervention tools.
Abstract: Implementation science, or the study of methods to improve the adoption, implementation, and sustainment of evidence-based practices such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), is relevant from bench to bedside. This presentation will review the basic principles of implementation science, including definitions, methods, design, and outcomes. We will also delineate how the principles of implementation science can be applied to treatment development, outcome research, and routine practice, whether within or outside traditional mental health settings. We will conclude with a discussion on how implementation science can inform practical implementation efforts which endeavor to implement evidence-based practice in the service of improving patient, clinic, and system outcomes
In today’s heated political climate, unauthorized immigrants living in the United States are increasingly the focus for capture and deportation. Congress, in establishing the immigration laws of this nation, has provided for a number of exceptions to deportation when the foreign national is in the country without legal status. Three of these exceptions include when the foreign national: suffers spousal abuse at the hands of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (Violence Against Women Act); faces immediate danger or death (political asylum); or, if a qualified family member would suffer extreme hardship as a result of the removal of the foreign national. Psychologists can play a significant role in these cases by conducting assessments and providing evaluations and expert testimony. This introductory workshop will give a brief review of the immigration laws and the professional role(s) of a psychologist in an immigration case. This cursory introduction to this area will, hopefully, inspire you to learn more about how you can participate in this legal and ethical process, and to include work as a “forensic psychologist” in your professional toolbox.
Abstract: "Clinical perfectionism" is a highly specific construct designed to capture the type of perfectionism that can often poses problems in routine therapeutic practice. The core psychopathology of clinical perfectionism is an over evaluation of achievement and striving that causes significant adverse consequences.
Clinical perfectionism has been implicated in the maintenance of psychopathology, in particular eating disorders. A specific cognitive-behavioural intervention has been developed by the Oxford Eating Disorders Research Group for the treatment of clinical perfectionism in Axis I disorders including eating disorders, anxiety disorders and depression. The intervention has been enhanced by incorporating techniques used by clinical research groups in Australia. It can be delivered in traditional face-to-face individual or group therapy, or in the form of online self-help. The treatment has evaluated in a recent meta-analysis which demonstrated a positive impact on both perfectionism and Axis I disorders.
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a severe body image disorder characterized by a preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in appearance. The most common appearance preoccupations involve face or head (e.g., skin, hair), but any body part can be the focus of concern. BDD is a relatively common and often disabling illness with high suicide rates. The purpose of this webinar is to provide information on empirically-validated cognitive-behavioral interventions designed to help individuals with BDD. The presenter will first describe how to correctly recognize, diagnose, and conceptualize individuals with BDD. Participants will then learn a range of therapeutic techniques including: cognitive strategies for delusional and non-delusional BDD, metaphors and mindfulness exercises, strategies to address low self-esteem and over-importance of appearance, novel strategies to reduce common BDD behaviors (e.g., body checking, comparing themselves with others, avoidance behaviors), attentional retraining, and strategies for involving patients’ families. In addition, motivational strategies for helping patients overcome resistance to treatment will be presented.
Keniston (1978) asserted that Black youth are “the most endangered children in our society.” Indeed, Black children and teens are exposed to myriad risks, particularly those that emanate from the legacy of racism in this country. Yet, despite historical deficit-oriented narratives concerning them, Black youth—and their families—have continued to demonstrate positive psychosocial outcomes. Moreover, assisting diverse family structures in cogently providing racial socialization may optimize the historical psychosocial protection of this racially-relevant factor. In this presentation, conceptual and empirical work on mechanisms undergirding the salutary benefit of familial racial socialization will be discussed. Specifically, mixed-methods (i.e., survey, observation, interview) research will be presented that addresses how diverse families of Black youth navigate teaching their children about race. This presentation will conclude with a discussion of ongoing and future research, including how both experimental and prospective studies can serve to promote the resiliency of Black youth.
The prevalence of depression and other psychiatric disorders is elevated in medical illness in general and HIV in particular. Additionally, depression, in the context of chronic illness, is associated with worse self-care and adherence behaviors, which therefore can lead to increased morbidity. Evidenced based psychosocial interventions can be a useful component to managing depression and self-care in the context of medical illness, and approaches used in HIV can be applied to other illnesses. In HIV, the major self-care behaviors are adherence to daily medications and managing sexual transmission risk. The present webinar will first review data on depression comorbid with HIV, including prevalence estimates, and data on its association with adherence. It will then provide an overview of one studied intervention, Cognitive-behavioral therapy for adherence and depression (CBT-AD), and review data on its efficacy. It will also discuss other approaches to managing depression in HIV, including medications, and data on the outcomes of these approaches. It will conclude by discussion depression and additional comorbidities in individuals living with HIV who do not benefit from antiretroviral therapy.