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Challenging Depression


In this Webinar: 

  • A cognitive/ affective/ behavioral approach to conquering the critical inner voice that drives depression
  • Exercises, and other tools that can help people separate from negative thoughts
  • Specific actions and exercises people can engage in to reduce symptoms of depression
  • Tools to enhance mindfulness, self-compassion, and a positive sense of self

During the pandemic, a major study showed that the number of U.S. adults experiencing depression tripled. Depression is already the most common mental health disorder in America. With more and more people being affected, it is essential that we uncover tools, techniques, and treatments that help those suffering understand and overcome depression.

Effective therapies to treat depression involve dealing with distorted cognitions and beliefs as well as the feelings behind those thoughts. In this insightful webinar, Dr. Lisa Firestone will introduce an empowering approach to treating depression, while highlighting specific actions individuals can take that have been shown to reduce symptoms of depression. She will discuss a method in which therapists can help clients identify  destructive  patterns of thinking, the “critical inner voice” that can perpetuate a cycle of depression.

When someone is in a depressed state, the hopelessness they feel seems to cloud the lens through which they see themselves and the world around them. They may get lost in painful patterns of rumination that make it especially difficult to take actions that may help reduce depressive symptoms. By understanding the source of the thoughts and taking their own side, people can begin to challenge the roots of depression.

Dr. Firestone will explain a cognitive/affective/behavioral modality for bringing “critical inner voices” to the surface. Her presentation will draw on concepts from cognitive therapy and Emotion-focused Therapy as well as Voice Therapy, which integrates these concepts. She will introduce an assessment instrument based on the critical inner voice,, homework exercises, and other tools that can help clients separate from negative thoughts and take actions to go against them. In addition, she will discuss how reducing rumination, while enhancing mindfulness and self-compassion can help fight depression. Participants will learn how to effectively challenge critical inner voices, develop more self-compassion, and strengthen their positive sense of self.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply techniques to identify and challenge destructive thinking in clients
  2. Describe strategies to help clients tolerate anxiety associated in breaking destructive patterns
  3. Distinguish between self-compassion and self-esteem
  4. Discuss a cognitive/affective/behavioral approach for challenging the “critical inner voices” in depression
  5. Identify clients’ negative thought patterns/ attitudes that influence depression

 

 

Ordering Information

Once payment is received, you will be e-mailed instructions for joining the webinar.

Optional 3 CEs may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. A link to purchase CE credits will be included in the email containing all your Webinar resourcesMore Info Here

Continuing Education Information

Optional CEs (3) may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. A link to purchase CE credits will be included in the email containing all your Webinar resources. More Info Here

This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.  A link to purchase CE credits will be provided to all Webinar registrants.

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed any accompanying reading assignment, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

Psychologists

Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program.

Social Workers

Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Approval Period: April 15, 2012-April 15, 2015. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 1.5 live or 2 homestudy continuing education (clinical, social work ethics) clock hours in participating in this course.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Note: Many state boards accept offerings accredited by national or other state organizations. If your state is not listed, please check with your professional licensing board to determine whether the accreditations listed are accepted.

About the Presenter

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. Dr. Lisa Firestone is the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association. An accomplished and much requested lecturer, Dr. Firestone speaks at national and international conferences in the areas of couple relations, parenting, and suicide and violence prevention. Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships (APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002), Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003) and The Self Under Siege (Routledge, 2012). Follow Dr. Firestone on Twitter or Google.

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