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Recent treatment approaches for anxiety and depressive disorders stress the importance of addressing transdiagnostic factors such as rumination, worry, and impulsivity as part of comprehensive intervention. Both CBT and training in mindfulness meditation have shown the ability to disengage neural networks supporting rumination and worry, along with enhancing clinical outcomes through increased tolerance of negative affective states. This workshop will explore, from both a data and personal practice perspective, which elements of mindfulness training are best suited to be incorporated into clinical practice, how their utilization can be compatible with a pre-existing CBT therapeutic frame, and how doing so has the potential to yield benefits for both patients and therapists alike.
Please join your friends and colleagues from the NYC Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association in collaboration with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy for an evening of networking, socializing and discussion of all things CBT and beyond! All are welcome from students to early career professionals to seasoned NYC-CBT veterans.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression is one of the most well studied talk therapies with strong empirical support. The model has included behavioral strategies such as pleasure and mastery ratings and activity scheduling. More recently, interest has emerged in traditional behavioral treatments for depression and behavioral activation (BA) resurfaced as a specific treatment for depression. BA has added an emphasis on identifying and modifying depressed clients’ avoidance patterns and ruminative thought processes. These processes often function as disengagement strategies for clients struggling with depressed mood and difficulties regulating affect. The functional and behavioral aspects of treatment can be enhanced in traditional CBT for depression, and incorporated into an overall treatment plan and case conceptualization to assist clients in fully engaging in life and moving beyond the pull of depression.
Please join us at the ABCT conference in Washington DC for a NYC-CBT Cocktail Happy Hour!
Relationship problems are rampant, and although people may know what a healthy relationship should look like, they often lack the skills to create one. This presentation focuses on the construct of romantic competence – the capacity for people to function adaptively in their romantic lives at all stages of the relationship process, regardless of relationship status or type. Dr. Davila will describe her model of the skills people need to function well in their romantic lives, focusing on insight, mutuality, and emotion regulation, and provide strategies for helping individuals and couples develop and enact these skills.
The cultivation of mindfulness, acceptance and compassion is one of the primary aims of third generation behavior therapies, like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Research has repeatedly demonstrated the value of these life changing processes as active variables in psychotherapy. Drawing upon work in ACT, CFT, Relational Frame Theory (RFT), and affective neuroscience, we will examine a model of mindful compassion, with a review of evidence based processes. This talk will provide direct instruction in imagery, meditation and intervention methods that cultivate these central qualities. This discussion will also illustrate how mindful compassion can be related to our evolved capacity for cooperation and parental care. We will explore how the neurophysiology and functional dimensions of attachment dynamics are related to adaptive response flexibility, and consider both the treatment implications and scientific questions generated by an understanding of compassion. Through this discussion, we will deepen our understanding of the relationships among compassion, flexibility and courage.
Please join your friends and colleagues from the NYC Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association for an evening of networking, socializing and discussion of all things CBT and beyond!
Please join us for a conversation about navigating life during and after graduate school. Topics will include: Experiences to acquire during training; Licensure, including how social workers can earn their clinical license; Starting, building and maintaining a private practice; Treating various patient populations; Supervision and consultation; Professional community; Self-care and burn out; Your questions.
This presentation will describe and illustrate the Sexual Tipping Point® model’s (STP) integrated approach to understanding the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders*. The greatest advantage of the Sexual Tipping Point Model (STP) model is its simplicity and the ease with which it provides clinicians as well as their clients (and partners) with a common sense explanation of sexual problems and potential solutions. Unlike most other biopsychosocial dual-control models, the STP was developed specifically as a heuristic for clinicians, patients, and partners to visualize and understand the overwhelming number of interrelated organic and psychosocial factors that predispose, precipitate, maintain, and exacerbate sexual disorders. Its illustrations can be used to help minimize blame and hurt feelings while offering hope. Adopting a Sexual Tipping Point® model and a transdisciplinary approach (that integrates counseling with current and emerging medical/surgical techniques for the treatment of male and female sexual disorders) helps demystify the delicate system of balances needed to facilitate treatment success and patient satisfaction.
Sexual and gender minorities (e.g., individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) are one of the highest risk-groups for psychiatric disorder (e.g., depression, anxiety, substance use) and related conditions (e.g., suicide), likely driven by LGBT 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 LGBT-affirmative therapeutic principles and techniques to adapt standard cognitive-behavioral approaches to specifically address the stigma-related stress faced by LGBT people across development. We will review preliminary efficacy data from a recent RCT suggesting that this LGBT-affirmative treatment package, called ESTEEM, can reduce sexual minority men's depression, alcohol abuse, sexual compulsivity, and HIV risk behavior.
Although the clinical literature on NPD is largely abstract, theoretical, and general (Ashmun, 2004), Dr. Freeman proposes viewing NPD through a lens on three fronts to aid in assessment and conceptualization. First, Dr. Freeman will describe twelve distinct subtypes of NPD, each needing a somewhat different emphasis. Second, Dr. Freeman will discuss the unique clinical presentation of each subtype, which would be further classified as primarily internalizing, primarily externalizing or combined type. Third, participants will learn how each distinct subtype can differ in their levels of functional impairment. Combining these factors - the subtypes, the clinical manifestations, and functional impairment - will yield a more specific diagnosis and more tailored treatment planning. Additionally, Dr. Freeman will go on to introduce a CBT treatment formula centering on this conceptualization to produce more effective results.
In the United States, approximately 1 in 33 adults are under some type of justice-related supervision. Among the general population this makes justice-involvement as prevalent as common psychological problems such as Panic Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Thus, even practitioners conducting traditional psychotherapy in private practice settings are likely to encounter justice-involved clients. In this presentation, Dr. Tafrate will highlight the critical distinctions between traditional mental health treatment and interventions designed to decrease criminal behavior. Participants will learn to recognize key risk-relevant factors commonly found among justice-involved adolescents and adults, to incorporate risk factors into case conceptualization, and will have the opportunity to practice a CBT sequence designed to improve client decision-making.
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a severe body image disorder characterized by a preoccupation with an imagined or slight flaw in appearance. The most common appearance preoccupations involve the 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 presentation is to provide information on empirically-based cognitive-behavioral treatment strategies designed to help individuals with BDD. Dr. Wilhelm 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, mindfulness exercises, attentional retraining, strategies to address low self-acceptance, novel strategies to reduce common BDD behaviors (e.g., body checking, comparing themselves with others) and strategies for involving patients’ families. In addition, motivational strategies for helping patients overcome resistance to treatment will be presented.
The field of psychotherapy has been in existence for well over a century, and numerous advances have been made over the years. At the same time, the practicing clinician is faced with a disjointed array of interventions, some of which have been developed from different schools of thought and others from variations within a given theoretical orientation. Moreover, there are developments in the field that often replace rather than build on past contributions. Finally, the field of psychotherapy continues to reflect a long-standing gap between research and practice. Dr. Goldfried will address the need to integrate (a) different approaches to therapy, (b) new information with past contributions, and (c) clinical practice and research.
Joseph LeDoux is one of the foremost neuroscientists in the world today. His research explores the biological underpinnings of emotion and memory, especially brain mechanisms that underlie fear and anxiety. In his highly acclaimed book "The Emotional Brain", Dr. LeDoux investigates the origins of human emotions. Dr. LeDoux’s recent work focuses on important questions such as: What happens in our brains to make us feel fear, love, hate, anger, joy? Do we control our emotions, or do they control us? How can traumatic experiences in early childhood influence adult behavior, even though we have no conscious memory of them?
It is well established that anxiety disorders are associated with early and continued parental over protection, a parenting style that contributes to maintenance of the disorder. And yet, research has been focused solely on the youth with anxiety, and not on the family system. In this presentation Dr. Albano discusses how the outcomes and limitations of clinical trials shaped a developmental and evidence-based treatment approach for youth suffering with anxiety. Dr. Albano, the director of a large faculty clinical practice, as well as a principal investigator of the largest study of anxiety in youth, will discuss the family-based model, conceptualization, and practice for children from ages 3 to 25 who suffer with anxiety. Challenges and future directions will be presented.
About Dr. JoAnn Difede
JoAnn Difede, Ph.D., is a Professor, Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, and Director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies (PATSS). She is internationally recognized for her pioneering work using virtual reality technology in the treatment of PTSD consequent to the WTC attack of September 11, 2001, and more recently in treatment of combat-related PTSD.
Modern CBT refers to a family of interventions that has evolved from a specific treatment model into a mature and empirically-supported approach that incorporates a wide variety of patient-tailored treatment techniques. In this presentation, Dr. Hofmann will discuss some exciting new advancements in CBT that are an expansion of its underlying core model. Dr. Hofmann will go on to propose that these techniques and principles could serve as the framework of a new, clinically relevant nosological system.
About Dr Ray DiGiuseppe
Ray DiGiuseppe received his Ph.D. from Hofstra University. He was elected a fellow of APA divisions 12, 16, 29, 43. His most recent publications include Understanding Anger Disorders and the Anger Disorders Scale, and The Practitioner Guide to rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. He is Professor and chairperson of the Psychology Department at St. John’s University, and Director of Education at the Albert Ellis Institute. He served a Present of ABCT in 2006-2007 and is president of the Division of Psychotherapy (29) of APA.
About 2.5 million people in the United States and 59 million people worldwide die every year. If each person has on average three very close friends and relatives, at least 7.5 million people in the US and 177 million people in the world are bereaved each year. The death of a loved one is a uniquely challenging life experience, one of the most difficult a person can face. Yet, most people find a way to come to terms with the loss and restore a sense of meaning and purpose in their own lives. However, for an important subgroup, mourning is derailed leading to development of complicated grief (CG). CG can be reliably identified, is different from DSM-5 mood and anxiety disorders, and is associated with substantial distress and impairment, including a high risk for suicidal ideation and behavior. People with CG need treatment. Clinicians need to be able to understand, recognize and treat complicated grief and achieve the overarching goal of addressing grief complications and revitalizing and supporting the natural mourning process.
About Cory Newman PhD
Cory F. Newman, Ph.D., ABPP is Director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy, and Professor of Psychology, in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Newman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Newman has served as a protocol therapist and supervisor in a number of large-scale psychotherapy outcome studies, including the Penn-Vanderbilt-Rush Treatment of Depression Projects and the NIDA Multisite Collaborative Study on Treatments for Cocaine Abuse. Dr. Newman is an international lecturer, having presented scores of cognitive therapy workshops and seminars across North America, as well as fifteen countries in Europe, South America, and Asia. Dr. Newman is the lead author on dozens of articles and chapters on cognitive therapy for a wide range of disorders, and has authored or co-authored five books, including Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide Through Cognitive Therapy, and the recently released Core Competencies in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Becoming an Effective and Competent Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist.
About Dr DavidTolin
Dr. Tolin is the founder and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at The Institute of Living and Adjunct Associate Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. He is President-Elect of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and recipient of the awards for Distinguished Contribution to the Science of Psychology and Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology from the Connecticut Psychological Association. Dr. Tolin is the author of over 100 journal articles, books, and book chapters, and his research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. A leading expert on hoarding disorder, Dr. Tolin is the author of the book Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding, as well as the bookFace Your Fears: A Proven Plan to Beat Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, and Obsessions. He was the first psychologist featured on the A&E seriesHoarders, and was the host of the VH1 series The OCD Project and the Oxygen series My Shopping Addiction. He has been a recurrent guest on programs such as The Dr. Oz Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Dr. Lata K. McGinn will provide a status update on Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to help professionals maximize treatment gains for patients who are often hard to treat. Comprehensive evidence-based treatment strategies and the latest research findings will be presented along with clinical tips to achieve optimal efficacy in patients who present clinical challenges.
This presentation will focus on the fundamental theory and practice of motivational interviewing (MI), with a particular focus on the use of MI in the treatment of patients with addictions. Dr. Collins will address the use of MI in patients with psychiatric co-morbidities, and the attendees should gain a broad understanding that will allow them to apply MI techniques in patients with other conditions
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by chronic anxiety, worry, and tension and is often seen, clinically, as occurring during a depressive episode. Despite causing significant life dissatisfaction, poorer marital functioning, and increased health care utilization and costs, GAD remains understudied, misunderstood, and hard to treat compared to the other anxiety disorders where our cognitive-behavioral interventions have demonstrated considerable efficacy. Current cognitive-behavioral approaches to GAD are efficacious but may require additional components and a modification of conceptual framework to produce greater symptom change (including greater focus on depression), meaningful behavioral change, and lasting results in the long term. My colleagues and I have developed an approach to treating chronic worry, anxiety, and co-occurring depression that addresses emotion-related deficits characteristic of the disorder through principled integration of the affect sciences, traditional and acceptance based behavioral approaches, and emotion-focused approaches. Components of this treatment include 1) psychoeducation about chronic worry and anxiety from an emotion regulation perspective, delineation of motivations to avoid and approach, and the development of mindful awareness skills; 2) developing emotion regulation skills that promote a distanced perspective, acceptance, and mindful managing of emotional responses; 3) applying these skills during emotion-based exposure to meaningful behavioral actions and associated internal conflicts to taking these actions; and 4) relapse prevention and termination of the therapeutic relationship. Results from a series of therapy trials on this approach are promising. Although considerable work is still needed, integration of emotion-related approaches may contribute to our ability to treat chronic worry and anxiety.