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Clinical Continuing Education Conference Calls

Date of Call: Jun 9, 2017

Speaker: Bruce Liese, PhD, ABPP

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been well validated for the treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs) and addictive behaviors – and group treatment is common in the treatment of these problems. This program presents a cognitive-behavioral therapy addictions group (CBTAG) for diverse addictive behaviors, including SUDs, gambling disorder, Internet gaming, and binge eating. Theory and research are presented for CBT and group therapy. We focus on the design and facilitation of the CBTAG and teach participants to identify individuals appropriate for such a diverse group. We highlight cognitive, behavioral, affective, and physiological processes common to various addictive behaviors; teach participants to identify target cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal problems, and; describe coping skills taught in the CBTAG.

Date of Call: Jan 8, 2016

Speaker: Bruce Liese, PhD, ABPP

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was initially introduced as a treatment for acute psychological problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, phobias). As time has passed CBT has been applied to increasingly complex, chronic problems (e.g., personality disorders, substance use disorders, serious mental illnesses). Research and practice with individuals suffering from these complex disorders has led to notable changes in the way CBT is practiced. For example, more attention is now paid to the therapeutic relationship and case conceptualization (including the development of these mental health problems). At the same time, specific techniques and psychoeducation have been less emphasized. In this one-hour conference, changes in CBT over the past 40 years are presented and participants are taught specific strategies for addressing acute and chronic mental health problems.

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