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EP90 Invited Address 03a - Cognitive-Behavior Modification: An Integrative Approach in the Field of Psychotherapy - Donald Meichenbaum, PhD

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Invited Addresses |  Psychotherapy |  Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 1990
Donald Meichenbaum, PhD |  Albert Ellis, PhD
1 Hour 26 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Dec 13, 1990
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The field of psychotherapy is moving toward an integrative approach, both in terms of theory and practice. Meichenbaum will discuss how Cognitive-Behavior Modification attempts to integrate, on the one hand, the clinical concerns of psychodynamic and interpersonal/systems approaches with the technology of behavior therapy on the other hand. He will trace the history of Cognitive-Behavior Modification and examine its future directions. Common clinical treatment issues, such as client resistance, patient noncompliance, and treatment nonadherence that all psychotherapists face will also be considered.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To trace the evolution of cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  2. To be able to critically evaluate empirical status of cognitive-behavior modification and indicate future directions.
  3. To consider an "evidential theory" of behavior change that integrates various therapeutic approaches.

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Donald Meichenbaum, PhD's Profile

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Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D in Clinical Psychology is currently Research Director of Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention, Miami ( He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy. He was voted one of the most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century. Latest books include "Roadmap to Resilience" ( and "Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: A Personal and Professional Journey."

Albert Ellis, PhD's Profile

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Albert Ellis, PhD, was an American psychologist who in 1955 developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). He held M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Columbia University and American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He also founded and was the President of the New York City-based Albert Ellis Institute for decades.

He is generally considered to be one of the originators of the cognitive revolutionary paradigm shift in psychotherapy and one of the founders of cognitive-behavioral therapies.[2]

Based on a 1982 professional survey of US and Canadian psychologists, he was considered as the second most influential psychotherapist in history (Carl Rogers ranked first in the survey; Sigmund Freud was ranked third).[3][4] Psychology Today noted, "No individual—not even Freud himself—has had a greater impact on modern psychotherapy."[5]