Live Webinar Schedule

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December 11, 2018 12-1 PM ET
Memory Processes, Therapy, and You: Transdiagnostic Perspectives on Maximizing Therapeutic Learning

Presenter:  Michael W. Otto, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Senior Fellow in the Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy Director at Boston University. He has had a major career focus on developing and validating new psychosocial treatments, with a focus on treatment refractory populations including those with bipolar, anxiety, and substance use disorders. His work includes a translational research agenda investigating brain-behavior relationships in therapeutic learning, including the use of novel strategies (e.g., d-cycloserine, yohimbine) to improve the consolidation of therapeutic learning. Dr. Otto’s focus on hard-to-treat conditions and principles underlying behavior-change failures led him to an additional focus on health-behavior promotion, including investigations of addictive behaviors, medication adherence, sleep, and exercise. Across these behaviors, he has been concerned with cognitive, attention, and affective factors that derail adaptive behaviors. Dr. Otto has published over 400 articles and over 20 books spanning his research interests, and he was identified as a “top producer” in the clinical empirical literature as well as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. His leadership positions include serving as Past President of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and immediate Past President of Division 12 of the American Psychological Association.

Overview: The way in which new learning is integrated into existing memory structures has rich clinical relevance because, regardless of theoretical orientation, psychotherapy is concerned with modification of the influence of an individual’s personal history on his or her current functioning. In short, frequently a goal of therapy is to modify the degree to which individuals are emotionally or behaviorally shackled by their own learning histories.  Accordingly, this talk provides a clinically-rich perspective on the nature of memory adaptation and accommodation in relation to therapeutic interventions, with the goal of enhancing clinical attention to helping patients better retain and use the valuable moments of change in psychotherapy.  Elements of this presentation will include an update on pharmacologic and behavioral strategies for enhancing extinction learning from exposure, as well as focused reminders to task other memory enhancing strategies—e.g., cues, exercise, sleep—for enhancing learning in therapy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know concepts associated with memory reconsolidation.
  • Know the strength and reliability of post-reconsolidation extinction effects in human de novo fear conditioning studies.
  • Be aware of common strategies for enhancing memory for session material, including the influence of sleep and exercise.
  • Be able to select and apply strategies to enhance therapeutic learning in psychotherapy.

CE Credits Available: 1

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January 30, 2019 6-7 PM EST
Technology in Psychology: Understanding Threats And Preventing Unintended Consequences

Presenter: Samuel Lustgarten, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s University Health Services/Mental Health Service. Over the last four years, he has been providing privacy and confidentiality consultations for private practices and university counseling centers. Samuel has concentrated on various technologies psychologists already use such as telemental health therapy, digital assessments, electronic medical records, email, and text messaging. His research has focused on the intersections between technology and psychology, and its effects on psychologists’ ethical considerations and decision-making processes. Samuel’s scholarly work has been published in American Psychologist, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

Overview: Psychotherapy is a treatment method and a healing relationship fit to the individual patient; however, only in the past two decades has sufficient research been conducted to operationalize these noble intentions into robust matching guidelines. This webinar will review the meta-analytic research and clinical practices compiled by an interdivisional APA task force on 7 effective means of adapting psychotherapy to patient transdiagnostic features. In this way, practice and research converge in responsiveness that demonstrably improves treatment outcomes.

Webinar Summary: Psychologists are increasingly using technology-based services for the provision of psychotherapy, assessment, research, and supervision of supervision. Online self-help therapies, smartphone applications, virtual reality, and social networking were all endorsed by psychologists surveyed in a “Delphi poll” (Norcross, Pfund, & Prochaska, 2013). As providers implement technology with their patients, examinees, participants, and supervisees, threats to various ethical standards exist (Lustgarten & Elhai, 2018). For instance, when technology is utilized, third-party platforms have independent privacy policies and terms of service, which can affect the privacy and confidentiality that can be maintained on behalf of a client (Lustgarten, 2015). Additionally, various actors can interfere with the secure transmission and use of technology-based services (e.g, governmental or organizational actors; Lustgarten & Colbow, 2017). This presentation will provide attendees with information about what services are currently used by professionals, how threat actors might take advantage of vulnerability, and how to better protect data.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will understand what technology is currently used in the provision of therapy and research.
  • Attendees will develop competence for threats to technology use.
  • Attendees will learn to employ strategies to protect clients and participants.

CE Credits Available: 1

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April 18, 2019 12-1 PM ET
Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders

Presenter: Shannon Sauer-Zavala is the Director of Education and Training for the Unified Protocol Institute. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky and completed her internship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Sauer-Zavala is currently a faculty in BU's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and divides her time between her research, clinical work, and dissemination efforts. Dr. Sauer-Zavala enjoys training others in research-supported psychological treatments.

Webinar Summary: The proliferation of specific treatment manuals for specific disorders has created unintended barriers for the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based psychological treatments. The Unified Protocol for the Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP; Barlow et al., 2018) is a transdiagnostic, emotion-focused cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) that targets core deficits occurring across the neurotic spectrum (e.g., anxiety, depressive, and related disorders). This webinar will review evidence supporting the development of such transdiagnostic interventions and provide a description of the core components of UP treatment modules, along with the similarities and differences between the UP and traditional CBT. The Unified Protocol is published as part of Oxford University Press’ Treatment’s That Work series, which highlights approaches with considerable empirical support (e.g., Ellard et al., 2010; Farchione et al., 2012). The Unified Protocol is based on decades of research on emotion science (Brown & Barlow, 2009; Campbell-Sills et al., 2006; Clark, Watson, & Mineka, 1994; Eaton, Krueger, & Oltmanns, 2011; Kessler et al., 2011; Rosellini et al., 2010; Watson, Clark, & Carey, 1988).

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to discuss the rationale for transdiagnostic psychological treatment
  • Participants will be able to develop a unified, transdiagnostic case conceptualization for patients presenting with comorbid emotional disorders.
  • Participants will be able to apply emotion-focused treatment concepts and strategies (e.g., objective monitoring, emotional awareness training, cognitive reappraisal, reduction of emotional avoidance and maladaptive emotion driven behaviors) to patients presenting with comorbid emotional disorders.

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To Be Rescheduled
Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration, A Case Example: Alcohol as a Vital Sign

Panelists:  Drs. Andrew Bertagnolli, Thekla Ross and Stacey Sterling

Overview: The content of this webinar was derived from a published review of studies focusing on behavioral health integration in primary care and a large-scale alcohol screening and brief intervention study at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. This webinar will describe the pillars and pearls of primary care behavioral health integration as well as implementation strategies to effectively embed an evidence-based practice like alcohol screening and intervention in primary care.

Objectives:

  1. Describe the primary care behavioral health model
  2. Summarize the pillars and pearls of behavioral health integration
  3. Provide evidenced based background for alcohol screening and intervention in primary care
  4. Describe real world implementation tips and tools from published Alcohol as a Vital Sign study

CE Credits Available: 1

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