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"Anger is completely normal” – Emotion regulation and stress management for family caregivers. VIRTUAL CE

  • 07/15/2024
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Virtual


  • Includes 1.5 CE Credits
  • NO CE credits are offered for student level of registration
  • Includes 1.5 CE Credit

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Emotion regulation and stress management, with a special focus on caregivers of persons with dementia (Note this live meeting takes place from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. EDT virtually)

As a result of the extreme demands of the caregiving situation, family caregivers sometimes experience anger and rage, and at times they may lash out aggressively at the care recipient. The experience of uncontrollable rage and aggression can trigger a vicious cycle: caregivers feel terribly ashamed and guilty about their emotions and behavior, reproach themselves, and question their caregiving competence. Ultimately, family caregivers may develop depressive symptoms and anxiety, and lose self-esteem.

This workshop focuses on how psychotherapists can help family caregivers to prevent as well as cope with stressful emotions and reactions. Participants will learn about the stressful emotions and reactions common among family caregivers, as well as techniques for helping family caregivers to (a) de-catastrophize and accept emotions such as anger as normal reactions to an extraordinarily stressful situation; (b) reflect upon and implement different response options; (c) develop adaptive strategies to express and regulate their emotions; and (d) reduce their general level of tension.

This is part 2 of the implementation series for the optional manual (below in suggested readings) Psychotherapeutic support for family caregivers (coupon code for it is emailed to registrants). Registrants will receive video of Part I, which it is not required to view, but offered as a resource in case you missed Dr. Wilz's 1st presentation. CE can only be offered for live participation in PBTA events. Asynchronous CE is not available.

Virtual CE

Suggested Reading

Suggested reading

Wilz, G. (2023). Psychotherapeutic support for family caregivers of people with dementia. Hogrefe Publishing.

Wilz, G., Reder, M., Meichsner, F., & Soellner, R. (2018). The Tele.TAnDem Intervention: Telephone-based CBT for family caregivers of people with dementia. The Gerontologist, 58(2), e118-e129.

Wilz, G., Weise, L., Reiter, C., Reder, M., Machmer, A., & Soellner, R. (2018). Intervention helps family caregivers of people with dementia attain own therapy goals. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, 33(5), 301 308.

Töpfer, N. F., Sittler, M. C., Lechner-Meichsner, F., Theurer, C., & Wilz, G. (2021). Long-term effects of telephone-based cognitive-behavioral intervention for family caregivers ofpeople with dementia: Findings at 3-year follow-up. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 89(4), 341–349.

CE Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

·         Describe at least 2 typical conflict situations in family caregiving

·         Name at least 3 stressful emotions and situations common among family caregivers

·         Outline 2 essential therapeutic strategies of emotion regulation with family caregivers

·         Describe 1 action psychotherapists can take to help caregivers develop better ways of managing stress

ZOOM LINK SENT 48-Hours before & morning of the event to all without balance due.


Gabriele Wilz, PhD, is Professor and Head of the Department of Counseling and Clinical Intervention as well as Director of the Psychotherapeutic Outpatient Clinic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Qualification at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical supervisor with licensure in cognitive behavioral therapy. Her research and clinical work focus on supporting family caregivers of people with dementia and older people in need of care. Her intervention concept for family caregivers incorporates elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and client-centered psychotherapy. The intervention can be delivered to groups or individuals; face-to-face, via telephone, or online. Six randomized controlled trials have confirmed the effectiveness and feasibility of the intervention. For a full biography, please visit

Target Audience

This presentation is intended for licensed mental health professionals and advanced graduate student trainees seeking licensure and with at least 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 and a half (1.5) hours of CE credits.
  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is also approved by the NY State Education Department to offer psychology continuing education
  • 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.

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