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BT10 Keynote 06 - What is Psychotherapy? - Thomas Szasz, MD

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Psychotherapy |  Keynotes |  Eating Disorders
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2010
Thomas Szasz, MD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
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Original Program Date:
Dec 11, 2010
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Millions of Americans are overweight or obese. Medication and psychotherapy may result in modest weight loss but nearly all regain weight within five years. The missing ingredient for successful treatment is cognition. To make permanent changes in their eating behavior, and thus their weight, individuals must learn how to change their dysfunctional ideas about food, eating, other people, and themselves and learn how to cope with a sense of unfairness, deprivation, disappointment, and discouragement. Cognitive behavioral approaches have been demonstrated to be effective for this problem.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Explain how to identify dysfunctional cognitions underlying poor eating habits.
  2. Describe how to help clients respond effectively when psychological issues that interfere with weight loss arise.   

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*




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Thomas S. Szasz, (M.D., University of Cincinnati, 1944) was Professor of Psychiatry at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He was recipient of numerous awards, including the Humanist fo the Year Award from the American Humanist Association and the Distinguished Service Award from teh American Institute for Public Service. He has received a number of honorary doctorates and lectureships, and served on the editorial board or as consulting editor for ten journals.

Szasz has authored approximately 400 articles, book chapters, reviews, letters to the editor and columns. He has written 19 books.