Cognitive Therapy for Complicated Depression: From Action to Insight and Back to Action


The goal of cognitive therapy is to help patients learn to recognize the role that inaccurate beliefs and problematic information processing strategies play in generating their negative affect and maladaptive behaviors. The workshop will describe strategies for helping patients increase their level of engagement with potential sources of reinforcement (behavioral activation) and learning to test the accuracy of their own beliefs (cognitive restructuring). The workshop also will describe strategies for relating childhood events to the core beliefs and problematic compensatory strategies that underlie long-standing personality disorders and chronic depression (schema therapy). Strategies are emphasized for preventing subsequent relapse and recurrence. Original webcast date: Feb. 19, 2016.

Learning Objective 1

Assist patients on how to link life events, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Learning Objective 2
Discuss how to help depressed patients activate their behaviors.

Learning Objective 3
Describe strategies for depressed patients to examine the accuracy of their beliefs.


Steven D. Hollon

Dr. Hollon, is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on the nature and treatment of depression, with a particular emphasis on the enduring effects of psychosocial treatments. He is a past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the former editor of Cognitive Therapy and Research. Dr. Hollon is the recipient of awards for Distinguished Scientific and Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He has over 250 publications and mentored over 20 doctoral and post-doctoral advisees.

Continuing Education

3.0 CE
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Price: $80.00

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