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Mindfulness or Relaxation? Selecting and Applying Specific Change Strategies with Your Older Patients

  • 12/12/2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual


  • Includes 1 CE Credit for no additional cost above registration
  • NO CE is offered for student membership level. Student participants must be seeking licensure & have some suprvised clinical experience with this population
  • Includes 1 CE Credit - consider becoming a PBTA member before registering to obtain best value. LICENSED non-PA residents are welcome to become members to attend virtual events & be listed in THERAPIST FINDER referral directory

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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.


Ann Steffen, PhD, ABPP is currently a professor of psychology and gerontology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she has spent her career in teaching, research, supervision and direct clinical services focused on the needs of older adults and family caregivers.  At UM-St. Louis, she has served as the director of Gerontology programs and as director of clinical training for the APA-approved doctoral program in clinical psychology.  Dr. Steffen is a faculty clinician at the UM-St. Louis Community Psychological Service, and is dual board certified in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology and in Geropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She is lead author on the recently revised 2nd edition of Treating Later-Life Depression: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach workbook and clinician guide  in Oxford University Press's Treatments ThatWork Series.

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.

Target Audience

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.

Continuing Education

  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists*. Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • This program provides one (1) hour of CE credits.
  • PBTA is also an authorized provider of CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Full attendance with video display is required to obtain CE credit for this program. APA guidelines do not permit PBTA to issue partial CE credits. No refunds are provided for CE programs. No exceptions allowed. Registrants can log in to cancel up to 4 days before the event.
  • Contact if you need any learning accommodations no later than one week before event.
  • * PBTA offers CE to ALL licensed psychologists in the U.S.A., including those licensed in the state of New York. If you are not licensed as a psychologist & do not practice in PA -- essentially if you are not certain about whether or not CE credits from an APA-sponsored CE provider meets criteria for ongoing education for your specific board,  please inquire with your respective licensing board to confirm.  
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