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Clinical Continuing Education Conference Calls

Date of Call: Feb 18, 2022

Speaker: Aaron Weiner

Working with substance use disorders can be ethically complex terrain, balancing numerous stakeholders, regulatory bodies, and clinical philosophies as you make clinical and organizational decisions. This clinical conference call focuses on applied ethics in the context of the treatment of addictions: examining real-world scenarios and ethical conflicts.  Topics addressed: identifying our own biases, decisional capacity during active addiction, and harm reduction models.

Date of Call: Jan 21, 2022

Speaker: Ed Reading

This presentation will review several theoretical models of forgiveness, from both the clinical and the spiritual professions. An integrated approach will enhance both traditions. Clinical aspects of forgiveness touch upon the fringes of spiritual elements in the same way that Pastoral Counseling requires an understanding of clinical aspects of the process of Forgiveness. Spiritual aspects of this session will not use religious piety as a source and may be used by both theists and non-theists.

Date of Call: Nov 13, 2020

Speaker: F. Michler Bishop

Many people recover from addictions on their own with little or no professional help. However, not much is known about the strategies they use to change their behavior and to maintain that change. Currently, most research attention and treatment efforts are focused on those who are severely addicted. But at least one study indicates that those who are not severely addicted cost society more than those who are. This talk briefly reviews the research on self-guided change, aka natural recovery, the paucity of research focused on how people change and maintain that change, and what we do know about the techniques that people use to change their addictive behaviors. How practitioners might aid and accelerate self-guided change and an effective, relatively inexpensive research method is also discussed.


Date of Call: Jul 10, 2020

Speaker: Stanton Peele

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Date of Call: May 8, 2020

Speaker: John Kelly

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Date of Call: Mar 13, 2020

Speaker: Scott Kellogg

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Date of Call: Feb 7, 2020

Speaker: Bruce Liese

Although Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBTs) is an "evidence-based" approach, even the most experienced and skillful cognitive-behavioral therapists understand from experience that CBT doesn't always work. The purpose of this clinical conference call is to focus on CBT processes and content in order to identify common, often undetected, problems in the provision of CBT. We consider various potential reasons for treatment failure without blaming the patient. We discuss structure, collaboration, case conceptualization, psychoeducation, and techniques, as well as potential problems that often occur in each of these areas.


Date of Call: Dec 13, 2019

Speaker: Matthew Johnson

Date of Call: Oct 11, 2019

Speaker: Donald Meichenbaum

Date of Call: Sep 13, 2019

Speaker: Marcel Bonn-Miller

Date of Call: Dec 14, 2018

Speaker: Kathryn McHugh, PhD

Date of Call: Nov 9, 2018

Speaker: Jeffrey Foote, PhD

Date of Call: Oct 12, 2018

Speaker: Joseph Troncale, MD

Date of Call: Jul 13, 2018

Speaker: Nicole Kosanke, PhD

Date of Call: Jul 13, 2018

Speaker: Nicole Kosanke, PhD

Date of Call: Apr 13, 2018

Speaker: Brandon Bergman, PhD

Date of Call: Jan 12, 2018

Speaker: Katie Witkiewitz, PhD

Date of Call: Jun 9, 2017

Speaker: Bruce Liese, PhD, ABPP

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been well validated for the treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs) and addictive behaviors – and group treatment is common in the treatment of these problems. This program presents a cognitive-behavioral therapy addictions group (CBTAG) for diverse addictive behaviors, including SUDs, gambling disorder, Internet gaming, and binge eating. Theory and research are presented for CBT and group therapy. We focus on the design and facilitation of the CBTAG and teach participants to identify individuals appropriate for such a diverse group. We highlight cognitive, behavioral, affective, and physiological processes common to various addictive behaviors; teach participants to identify target cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal problems, and; describe coping skills taught in the CBTAG.

Date of Call: Oct 14, 2016

Speaker: Marc Kern

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Date of Call: Sep 9, 2016

Speaker: Andrew Tatarsky

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Date of Call: Jun 10, 2016

Speaker: John Kelly

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Date of Call: Jan 8, 2016

Speaker: Bruce Liese, PhD, ABPP

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was initially introduced as a treatment for acute psychological problems (e.g., depression, anxiety, phobias). As time has passed CBT has been applied to increasingly complex, chronic problems (e.g., personality disorders, substance use disorders, serious mental illnesses). Research and practice with individuals suffering from these complex disorders has led to notable changes in the way CBT is practiced. For example, more attention is now paid to the therapeutic relationship and case conceptualization (including the development of these mental health problems). At the same time, specific techniques and psychoeducation have been less emphasized. In this one-hour conference, changes in CBT over the past 40 years are presented and participants are taught specific strategies for addressing acute and chronic mental health problems.

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