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The clinical and diagnostic characteristics of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) will be covered during this engaging workshop. Participants will learn Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavioral (RE&CBT) treatment strategies shown to be effective with this population.
Etiological factors, clinical symptoms, and diagnostic criteria with a focus on differentiating BDD from other Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders will be reviewed. Cognitive strategies specific to addressing irrational beliefs commonly found in BDD will be emphasized and a variety of evidence-based behavioral techniques (e.g., exposure and responsive prevention, mirror retraining) will be explained and demonstrated.
In recent years, there has been an explosive interest in the introduction of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) practices into the psychotherapy/counseling session across therapeutic orientations. In addition to acquiring core mindfulness skills themselves, therapists often struggle with the nuts and bolts of how to introduce and sustain mindfulness practice in treatment planning. This workshop will provide a bridge to the introduction of MBSR within the REBT framework.
In this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of REBT’s theory of emotional and behavioral disturbance. Techniques for identifying and restructuring irrational beliefs will be taught, as well as generating homework assignments to reinforce session content. Strategies for motivating clients to agree on the goals and tasks of therapy will also be discussed. A live demonstration with a volunteer will bring the theory and its applications to light.
Suicide has been a significant public health crisis for a long time and it is still surrounded by limited public awareness and understanding. Furthermore, existing literature suggests that graduate programs may not provide adequate training in working with suicidal clients. The question is always the same: “What am I supposed to ask next?” This workshop will focus on the RE&CBT model for suicidality by describing two novel instruments: The Suicidaction Potential Theory (SPT) and the Commitment to Life Inventory (CLI). Participants are encouraged to come prepared with clinical scenarios for role plays and discussions.