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BT12 Short Course 07 – Blending Science, Spirituality and Beliefs to Enhance the Effect of Psychotherapy – Assen Alladin, PhD

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Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2012
Assen Alladin, PhD
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Dec 05, 2012
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Mindfulness-based psychotherapy provides an evidence-based model for integrating diverse cultural beliefs and wisdoms in therapy. This course will demonstrate how to integrate cultural beliefs and wisdoms in short-term psychotherapies. Non Western societies attach more importance to the heart. The heart is considered central to producing changes in psychotherapy because a person validates reality not by how they think (cognition) but how the person feels (affect). Moreover, societal pressure and the focus on individualism unintentionally create “neurosis” and a tendency towards “narcissism” in our culture. This Short Course will demonstrate how to utilize wisdoms (derived from various cultures) in brief therapies to help clients reframe their dysfunctional beliefs and values; become more mindful of their inner reality; and harmonize their mind (cognitions) and heart (feeling).

Educational Objectives:

  1. List three main reasons for synthesizing cultural beliefs and values in brief psychotherapy.
  2. State three strategies for reframing rigid cultural values.
  3. Use a strategy to help your client harmonize the mind (cognition) and the heart (feeling) in therapy.

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



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ASSEN ALLADIN, PHD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Calgary Medical School. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine, President of American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and 2005 recipient of Best Research Paper from APA Division 30. Inter- nationally recognized as an expert in the integration of CBT with hypnosis in the management of emotional disorders. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers and four books: Integrative CBT for Anxiety Disorders (2016); Cognitive Hypnotherapy: An Integrated Approach to the Treatment of Emotional Disorders (2008); Hypnotherapy explained (2008); and Handbook of Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Depression (2007).