Cognitive Therapy has been extended in recent years to the treatment of severe mental disorders, such as bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and anorexia nervosa. This workshop will focus on strategies for relieving problems associated with severe disorders. Participants will be expected to present clinical problems and role-play patients illustrative of the specific problems that they encounter.
Topical Panel 10 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 2005 - Homework
Featuring Judith Beck, PhD; Claudia Black, PhD; Nicholas Cummings, PhD; and Arnold Lazarus, PhD
Moderated by Bernhard Trenkle, Dipl. Psych.
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, themselves, and learn how to cope with a sense of unfairness, deprivation, disappointment and dis-couragement. Cognitive behavioral approaches have been demonstrated to be effective for this problem.
In this keynote address, the following topics will be covered: the development of cognitive therapy; applications to other psychiatric and medical conditions; the relationship of brain abnormalities to symptoms; the use of neuroimaging and cognitive therapy; and predictions of the future for cognitive therapy, and psychotherapy in general.
The presenters will conduct a live interview with a participant who has struggled to lose weight or maintain a weight loss. They will demonstrate specific techniques to motivate the dieter and help him/her consistently use good eating habits, and solve dieting dilemmas.
According to a recent survey, Cognitive Therapy is now the leading form of psychotherapy throughout the world. Its application to the numerous psychological disorders, as well as medical problems, has been well documented. In recent years, Cognitive Therapy has been successfully applied to the most intractable and chronic disorders, such as severe mental illness. Strategies and techniques in treating schizophrenia will be described.