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EP05 Point/Counterpoint 17 - Opposite Action: A Fundamental Element of Emotional Change Treatments - Marsha Linehan, PhD

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Point/Counterpoint Sessions |  Anxiety |  Psychotherapy
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2005
Marsha Linehan, PhD |  Arnold Lazarus, Ph.D.
1 Hour 19 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Dec 10, 2005
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Effective exposure based treatments work via cue exposure, response prevention, and reinforced "opposite action" (all the way). The principles of exposure treatments for anxiety disorders can be generalized to treat disorders of other emotions such as anger, sadness, jealousy, envy, shame and guilt. Opposite action can be taught as a skill.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To define "opposite action."
  2. To describe how opposite action relates to the treatment of anxiety disorders. 

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



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Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, is an American psychologist and author. She is the creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a type of psychotherapy that combines behavioral science with Zen concepts like acceptance and mindfulness. Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Her primary research is in the application of behavioral models to suicidal behaviors, drug abuse, and borderline personality disorder. She has received several awards recognizing her clinical and research contributions and is past president of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. A fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychopathological Association, Dr. Linehan is a diplomate of the American Board of Behavioral Psychology.

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Arnold A. Lazarus, Ph.D., was Distinguished Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Lazarus served on the editorial boards of ten professional journals. He was president of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy and received the Distinguished Service to The Profession of Psychology Award from the American Board of Professional Psychology. His Ph.D. was granted in 1960 from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has authored four books; co-authored, edited, or co-edited seven; and authoered or co-authoered more than 150 professional papers and chapters.