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CBT clinicians benefit from having a range of first, second and third wave change strategies available as they personalize treatment to their patients. 3rd wave CBTs utilize mindfulness-based strategies to improve psychological acceptance and reduce emotion-driven behaviors. At the same time, relaxation training continues to be an important change strategy to lower physiological and affective arousal. Relaxation training may be especially important for specific concerns of older adults (e.g., pain management, sleep complaints), yet can be challenging and even misapplied in psychotherapy with older adults. This training helps participants distinguish between relaxation to reduce physical/emotional arousal and mindfulness strategies to promote psychological acceptance. In addition, different types of relaxation strategies (e.g., cued controlled breathing, visual imagery, progressive muscle relaxation) are described and discussed through the lens of work with older adults who have medical comorbidities. Opportunities will be provided to discuss and problem solve common challenges that clinicians may experience in applying relaxation in CBT with older adults. This webinar also unpacks recommendations for using the clinical tools for relaxation training provided in the second half of Workbook Module 2: Skills for Feeling (pp. 53-60) from Treating Later-Life Depression: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach. Suggested therapist skills for promoting the development and flexible use of relaxation strategies are discussed in detail in the LLD Clinician Guide (pp. 116-126).
CE Learning Objectives:
By the end of this program, participants will be able to
(a) Explain at least two differences between mindfulness and relaxation as change strategies used for a variety of presenting concerns
(b) describe 2 considerations for selecting relaxation training as a change strategy for older patients
(c ) choose from different relaxation strategies for addressing specific presenting concerns.
Suzann Ogland-Hand, Ph.D. completed her bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Northern Iowa; her doctorate in clinical psychology at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA; & a fellowship in Geropsychology at the Palo Alto VA. She has been practicing geropsychology for over 25 years. After working at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services for 18 years, she started a private practice in 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI. She focuses on family caregiving, mental health issues, and treatment-resistant depression across the adult lifespan. Throughout her career, she has also provided training, supervision, and consultation to mental health professionals.
This presentation is intended for licensed mental health professionals and advanced graduate student trainees seeking licensure and with some clinical experience. The instructional level of this presentation is INTERMEDIATE.
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