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Steve Safren recounts his work on “Life Steps,” which promotes adherence to taking HIV medicine. In 1996, medicines were becoming available that changed HIV from a death sentence to something manageable, but the drugs were difficult to take, had huge side effects, and had complex dosages. Life Steps helped people break those complex dosages into manageable steps. He notes that this adherence intervention has since been adapted to other areas, include comorbid depression and other mental health problems. And, he says, it’s become the standard of care for Doctors without Borders in their fights against HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
He thinks that what science shows isn’t always practiced. He notes how, when confronted with severe mental health problems, instead of sequencing various solutions, such as medicines and cognitive-behavioral therapy, which science shows is the most effective approach, practitioners might just throw everything at it at once. He is also looking forward to seeing more studies comparing new technologies to in person treatment, to see which has more success for which clients; and hoping to involve CBT in the medical system more effectively.
Exploring Male Anxiety
Stefan Hofmann and Michael Addis join Meghna Chakrabarti on WBUR’s On Point to discuss anxiety, especially from a male perspective. They provide a lively back and forth roundtable with callers, exploring the perceived extra difficulty males might have in even admitting it, as well as those long-standing, unstated expectations many males might have. It’s an enjoyable and informative 45 minutes, with additional excellent accompanying text, some of which have previously also been featured on this site.
Department Chair and Associate Professor at George Mason University
How long have you been a member of ABCT?
What tips can you offer to colleagues trying to start a research lab or begin a career in research?
Starting up a research lab and an independent program of research can feel daunting! I think one of the most important starting points is a clear focus and conceptual framework. Having an overarching model of how various constructs fit together in relation to an overall area of interest can drive years, or even decades, of fruitful research. Your conceptual model will evolve over time, as you learn more, and more research is done, but it offers you a starting point.
Once you have a comprehensive model, there are typically multitudes of research questions that can be addressed. What parts of the model have been tested, and with what level of rigor? What parts of the model remain untested, or have only been tested in limited ways? As you unpack these questions, you want to be attentive to designing and tackling research projects in as logical and rigorous a fashion as possible - but you also want to be attentive to reality.
If you are starting in a career in academia, you are likely to be evaluated on both quality and quantity of publications. Balancing these two metrics means ensuring that you do not devote all of your efforts to a single, rigorous study that takes months or years to come to completion.
If you are starting in a career in an academic medical center, you are more likely to be evaluated (and possibly paid) based on your ability to secure grant funding. You will need to evaluate which questions related to your model are in line with funding agency priorities, and work toward securing the funding needed to conduct your research.
Regardless of which career path you choose, never underestimate the value of collaboration! Except for ensuring that you can demonstrate your own independence, you are rarely evaluated on your ability to do everything solo. Look for collaborators with whom you have synergy. At the same time, be prepared to be a bit selfish and say 'no' to offers of and requests for collaboration that simply don't make sense for you. Along these same lines, recognize that, particularly early in your career, you may have less flexibility to mentor students with interesting projects that do not connect to your own research in a meaningful way. There will be time for that down the road - but in some ways, you will have to be selfish at times as you get yourself started.
Finally, try to build in reminders of why you are pursuing this career in the first place! If the only path you see to success is making you miserable, it is time to step back and evaluate your path. If you are following your passion in research, it can be an incredibly rewarding career - but if you are not, then it is incredibly punishing.
How did you first become involved in research? What was this first research experience like?
I still, to this day, am not quite sure how I got accepted into graduate school. I had no actual research experience beyond an independent study of directed readings I had done with a faculty member in my undergraduate training. I was also fresh out of college, with about the maturity level that one might expect of a 22-year-old (or perhaps even less).
My first experience with research in graduate school was desperately trying to come up with an idea to test for my master's thesis and designing a study that was woefully short on theory and data collection. As I entered my 3rd year of graduate school, I happened to come across parallel sets of findings related to how the family environment impacted those with physical problems and how the family environment impacted those with anxiety disorders. That led me to approach a faculty member, Dianne Chambless, in our department who was conducting research along those lines. Dianne agreed to have me work on a project as a "trial period," to see if it might be a good fit for me to switch into her research lab. We developed a coding manual related to family environment and worked up the beginnings of an article submission within the year. It was a stressful experience, but I loved it and was finally excited by research!
At the end of the year, she asked how I thought things were going. I told her I had been thrilled with the experience and very much wanted to formally switch into her lab. She then let me know, in a very kind way, that she continued to have reservations about whether or not I was truly serious about research, and worried that she might regret taking me on. However, she agreed to take a chance on me, hoping that I wouldn't disappoint. That entire process left a deep impression on me. Not only did I get incredible mentorship on research, but I also began to learn firsthand how to mentor - how to have important, difficult conversations in an honest and constructive manner. To this day, she still serves as my ultimate model of what a mentor should be, and I am more grateful than I can express that she took that chance on me. I hope she agrees that it paid off!
What have you found most rewarding about your research?
For me, the most rewarding part of my research is actually the mentorship of and collaboration with students. I thrive on thinking through ideas with others, on working through theoretical models, research designs, and statistical analyses, and on thinking about long-term career progression. While I love actually crunching data to look for the answer to questions, I love the experience of guiding students through that process even more. Seeing students progress to the point where they are driving their own research programs is incredibly gratifying. Moving beyond that to the point where I am simply a collaborator learning from them is the ultimate satisfaction. When I started, like most of us, I had pretty serious imposter syndrome, and was terrified of having a student know more than I did. Now, it is my goal for students to know more than I do. I intentionally seek collaborations with others when mentoring students, because it is better for them - and it also stretches me! The continual learning that takes place in research, and being able to facilitate that for others, is something I don't think I can ever tire of.
How do you balance research with the other demands of your position?
Over the past few years, I have taken on increasing degrees of administrative responsibilities, with a 3-year stint as the Faculty Senate Chair at George Mason, and an overlapping 2 years serving as our Department Chair. I'm now down to just 1 Chair job, which may be the only way that serving as Department Chair can feel like a relief.
Balancing research with the demands of these roles is incredibly difficult, because a large part of both involves responding to unpredictable crises. Things can be humming along smoothly for weeks, and then a crisis can consume entire days at a time. One of the primary ways I maintain a focus is by maintaining close contact with my doctoral students. I schedule weekly meetings with most of my students well ahead of the semester, so that as other meeting requests come in, I can work around those as much as possible. Their continued progress and needs keep me plugged into our projects and demands my response. I'm not always successful - and disappointing one of my students is one of the most distressing things professionally that I can think of - but we typically are able to continue making progress on their work and mine.
Larry Cohen, LICSW
Social Anxiety Help at the National Social Anxiety Center
Mr. Cohen has provided cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) services in Washington, DC, since 1990. His CBT clinic specializes in helping people with social anxiety, other anxiety-related disorders, mood disorders, relationship and career problems, and LGBT concerns.
He co-founded and co-chairs the National Social Anxiety Center, with 18 regional clinics around the country, including his own in DC.
He has conducted several professional training workshops and webinars on CBT for social anxiety through the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He has also led many dozens of free educational workshops on social anxiety and CBT for consumers.
He received his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Michigan in 1987. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
He has been extensively trained in CBT, group psychotherapy, and crisis intervention. He is a Certified Diplomate in Cognitive Therapy through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is also a Diplomate in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, the highest credential offered by the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. He is certified in Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy, which utilizes role-playing exercises to facilitate attitude change. He is a Certified Group Psychotherapist, and a founder of the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists. Washingtonian magazine included him in their most recent list of "Top Therapists" in the DC area.
He has worked for several years at the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC: one of the nation's largest health centers for HIV and AIDS, and for the lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) community. He served as their first Mental Health Services Director, as well as their first Volunteer Resources Director. He has a 40-year history of volunteer work in varied human services and social justice issues.
He has a special interest in therapy groups and support groups as a means of helping people with common concerns empower each other. He has led 94 social anxiety therapy groups (20-weeks each), as well as many other therapy groups for depression, relationships, self-esteem, coming out, and AIDS. He has also led many support groups on a variety of issues, and supervised a team of Whitman-Walker Clinic support group leaders for seven years.
First, we would like to know a little about your practice.
What are your personal strengths as a practitioner?
I have a very practical approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy: helping clients learn, practice and apply concrete skills and strategies to clients overcome personal problems and achieve their personal goals. It is my goal to help clients become their own person therapist, so that they can continue using these skills and strategies on their own after our work is over in order to make further progress in their lives, as well as to prevent relapse. I specialize in helping people with social anxiety disorder and related problems, and lead frequent CBT groups for social anxiety. I also specialize in serving the LGBT community.
How do you remind your patients of their strengths during the therapy process?
After every behavioral experiment the client conducts in session or as self-chosen therapy homework, I help clients identify ways they helped themselves during the experiment. I also guide clients in the use of a "Pride and Gratitude Log," in which they daily identify positive things they have done, and their underlying qualities and strengths that these things exemplify.
Are you involved in other types of professional activities in addition to your private practice?
I lead frequent educational workshops on social anxiety for consumers, as well as professional training workshops on CBT for social anxiety for other psychotherapists.
We are also interested in some of your views of CBT.
What do you think is the single most important thing CBT can do for your clients?
Effective CBT doesn't just help people recover or achieve a goal. Effective CBT helps clients master key strategies and skills that they can continue using after therapy is over to help them prevent relapse and continue making progress on their own.
How do you use the local or social media to educate your community on the benefits of CBT?
I participate in a blog and Facebook page on social anxiety through the National Social Anxiety Center, which I cofounded.
Finally, we would like to know your opinions about ABCT.
How long have you been a member of ABCT?
What services do you consider the most valuable from ABCT?
Rebecca Sachs, PhD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of individuals on the Autism spectrum who also experience difficult co-occurring disorders, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and severe anxiety. She works with individuals across the lifespan, and loves to talk, lecture, and train others about Autism and common complicated co-morbidities. She is board-certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology and brings warmth, sensitivity, and a strong sense of humor to her work as a licensed clinical psychologist. As a member of Spectrum Services, Dr. Sachs maintains a private practice there in Manhattan as well as South Slope in Brooklyn. She was recognized as a rising star by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), receiving their Career Development Leadership Award in 2015. She received her Bachelors degree, and PhD from New York University and Hofstra University, respectively, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Miami.
What are your personal strengths as a practitioner?
The sense of humor that I bring to therapy (or I'd like to think so!), along with my expertise in ASD and OCD, and my passion and dedication to collaborating with patients to create a more meaningful and successful life.
What "tips" can you offer to colleagues just opening a practice?
Get out of the office! The best way to build a practice is to have a community of other professionals to network and collaborate with. The same advice applies to practicing therapy. All of our CBT techniques, such as behavioral activation, problem-solving, exposure therapy, cognitive restructuring, are powerful tools, but they can be even more powerful when put into use in real life. It is sometimes challenging to replicate or connect to real life when sitting on a coach, so I find getting out the office and into my patients' lives can be transformative.
Are you involved in other types of professional activities in addition to your private practice?
I'm actively involved in other professional organizations that are dedicated to increasing understanding and bringing evidence-based treatments to individuals with Autism, OCD, and Anxiety. Additionally, I have the privilege of serving as an examiner for the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology (ABBCP), which is part of American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). As part of the examination process, I have particularly enjoyed seeing how many people are passionate and take seriously the practice of CBT. Also, selfishly I have had the opportunity to meet individuals who work with patients very different than mine and thus have had a first-hand window into seeing how CBT can be delivered to such a wide array of groups.
Who was your mentor?
Luckily, I have had a lot of wonderful mentors along my journey; some have fallen in my lap and others I have sought out. I have been mentored not only as a clinician but also as a business woman, and I do think mentorship is critical to being a successful professional and successful therapist. Because of this I am dedicated to "paying it forward," and believe mentorship is something we as a profession should be doing a lot more of at every step of training and professional development. I think a lot of individuals from less typical groups get discouraged from applying or finishing grad school or pursuing academia/private practice and it's to the detriment of how CBT is practiced and who it effectively reaches.
When not practicing CBT, what do you do for fun?
I love to travel! While I can't just hop on a jet plane every weekend, luckily I live in a phenomenal city (Brooklyn!!!) where I can easily play tourist with my daughter and my friends.
How do you use the local or social media to educate your community on the benefits of CBT?
I find social media, when used properly, can really be an effective tool to let people know about CBT and how robust it is. I'm active on twitter and find there is a wonderful community of pro-CBT practitioners, pro-science doctors, and people from all backgrounds - including autistics and those with OCD who are sharing good information and support. I'm also part of several parenting and mommy groups on Facebook, and have found just chiming in that I'm a psychologist who would be happy to chat with parents struggling goes a long way. Sometimes our conversations are about anxiety and understanding how it's different from developmentally appropriate "stress" and other times it's explaining in very lay terms the nuts and bolts of behaviorism and how it can be easily applied to parenting. I can't tell you how many people breathe a sigh of relief to understand about "functions of behavior," extinction burst, and how star charts really can be used to help kids be more flexible (especially when the proper reinforcer is identified and implemented)!
Cory F. Newman, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Center for Cognitive Therapy
Outstanding Training Program
Jesse R. Cougle, Ph.D., Director, Florida State University's Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program
Outstanding Service to ABCT
Carmen McLean, Ph.D., National Center for PTSD
Distinguished Friend to the Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Rod Holland, D.Clin.Psych., WCCBT and EABCT
Philip Tata, D.Clin.Psych., WCCBT and EABCT
President's New Researcher
Jessica L. Schleider, Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for the Integration of Science and Practice
Jami M. Furr, Ph.D., Center for Children and Families, Florida International University
Virginia A. Roswell Dissertation Award
my R. Sewart, M.A., UCLA
Leonard Krasner Dissertation Award
Michael Best, M.Sc., Queen's University
John R. Z. Abela Dissertation Award
Natalie Rodriguez-Quintana, M.P.H., Indiana University
Student Research Grant
Colin M. Bosma, M.A., University of Maine
Honorable Mention: Shirley Wang, B.A., Harvard University
Student Travel Award
Poppy Brown, University of Oxford
"Beliefs About the Self and Others in Paranoia"
Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Awards
Abel Mathew, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, "Evaluating the Role of the Approach Avoidance Training on Action Tendencies in Individuals With Skin Picking Disorder"
John McKenna, Suffolk University, "Sexual Assertiveness as a Predictor of Consent Attitudes and Beliefs Among LGBTQ+/Non-Binary Young Adults"
Oliver G. Johnston, University of Connecticut, "Identifying Intervention Targets for Oppositional Defiant Disorder Symptoms in College Students"
Spotlight on Mentors
Elise M. Clerkin, Ph.D., Miami University
Genelle K. Sawyer, Ph.D., The Citadel
Norman B. Schmidt, Ph.D., Florida State University
ADAA Travel Awards
Christal Badour, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Nicholas Jacobson, M.S., Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
This award recognizes outstanding individuals who are not members of ABCT but who have shown exceptional dedication, influence, and social impact through the promotion of evidence-based interventions and who have thereby advanced the mission of ABCT.
Visit our Champions page for full details on how to nominate and for a full listing of champions
Are you planning to attend the ABCT Convention in Atlanta this November?
Are you bringing your children along with you? Or do concerns about childcare coverage create barriers in your attendance or participation? Would childcare support you in presenting your talk or attending a special dinner with colleagues or the Friday Night SIG Poster Expo?
ABCT recognizes that many of our members have children, and we seek to demonstrate our values around supporting members in forging integrated lives and creating inclusive professional experiences. We have worked this year to offer childcare at our ABCT convention, and we need your help in assuring the word gets out to those who may appreciate its offering.
We currently have 3 families signed up to engage in this service, and we need a total of 12 children to enroll by October 24th in order to assure the services are offered. Even a single 2-hour minimum window for one child will get us towards these numbers.
Parents who require child-care services during the convention may make arrangements with KiddieCorp.
Child care will be available during the following hours:
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Convention concludes at 12 noon)
Services are located in the Marriott Marquis hotel, International Level, International A&B. The age range offered is between 6 months through 12 years old. There is a 2-hour minimum.
The hourly rate for the first child is $12, $8 for the second child, and $5 for the third child. The fee can be paid by credit card or check in advance. Cash can be accepted on-site provided that there is still space available.
Late Charge: If parents do not pick up their children at the end of the day, they will be charged a late fee of $5.00 per child for every 5 minutes thereafter.
Refund Policy: Parents may cancel registration on or before September 26 with no charge.
Cancellations made between September 27 and October 10 will incur a charge of $3 per hour per child.
Cancellations received after October 10 will incur a charge of $6 per hour per child.
Please pass this information along widely to help us reach our goal of serving at least 12 children this year at the convention. As an active ABCT member and mother, I have enjoyed sharing the convention with my family and modeling the possibilities of working parenthood for students that I have had the honor of working with over the years. My daughter was the unofficial mascot of the Women's SIG during my tenure as Chair, and carried our table sign around the Friday night poster session. I hope that this service enables more of you to attend and to enjoy special moments with (and while on a break from) your children!
Alyssa Ward, Ph.D. 2019 Program Chair
David F. Tolin
2019-2020 President Elect
Amie E. Grills
2019-2022 Representative-at-Large Elect
photo courtesy of Geralt
The Clinical Directory and Referral issues committee is highlighting the large number of SIGs that cover racial and ethnic diversity within ABCT:
Call for Papers: Special Issue of Behavior Therapy
The impact and treatment of sleep disorders
Sleep disorders are a significant public health problem in general, and are particularly elevated among psychiatric populations. This Special Issue aims to highlight cutting-edge research on the treatment of sleep disorders as well as work that makes significant contributions to our understanding of how sleep disorders impact the treatment of comorbid psychological disorders. Some of the essential questions that this special issue will seek to address include:
1. What is the efficacy or effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapies for sleep disorders, including traditional and eHealth interventions?
2. How do sleep disorders impact the treatment outcomes of comorbid psychological disorders?
3. What are the mechanisms that may explain the connection between sleep disorders and other psychological disorders, and how can this inform treatment planning?
This is not an exhaustive list, but instead illustrates the type of research questions of interest. Studies that assess sleep disorders using interview or polysomnography methods are encouraged. Papers for this special issue must highlight the clinical value of the findings. In addition to original research, review articles, short reports, brief commentary, case reports, and meta-analyses are invited.
Please direct inquiries and submit proposal abstracts to Carmen McLean (email@example.com) no later than February 1, 2019. If invited to contribute, final papers will be due July 1, 2019. Papers not considered for the special issue are of course still welcome for submission to the journal as an author initiated manuscript.
ABCT is delighted to announce a new partnership with PsyberGuide.
Please watch these pages for an expanding list of CBT-relevant apps being reviewed by the staff at PsyberGuide and the editors at Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
PsyberGuide (PsyberGuide.org) is a non-profit website reviewing smartphone applications and other digital mental health tools. Its goal is to help people make responsible and informed decisions about the technologies they use for management of mental health. PsyberGuide is committed to ensuring that this information is available to all, and that it is free of preference, bias, or endorsement.
PsyberGuide is funded by One Mind, a leading non-profit organization supporting collaborative brain research to provide patients who suffer from brain disease and injury better diagnostics and treatment. With over 325,000 emerging digital health technologies, and an estimated 15,000 of those designed for mental health, One Mind recognized the lack of advice or guidelines to help people navigate the expanding marketplace of mental health apps. Thus in 2013, One Mind established PsyberGuide to address this growing problem.
In 2017, One Mind welcomed Dr. Stephen Schueller as Executive Director. Dr. Schueller is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at University of California. Irvine. His work focuses on expanding the accessibility and availability of mental health services through technology.
PsyberGuide & ABCT established this partnership with the aim of disseminating reviews of digital mental health tools to a broad audience of researchers, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental-health practitioners who are interested in using these tools in their practice of behavioral, cognitive, and biological evidence-based principles.
In the coming months, app reviews from both PsyberGuide and Cognitive and Behavioral Practice will be integrated on both sites to expand the reach of information on available apps. ABCT will be developing a dedicated app review page which will host a sample of relevant PsyberGuide reviews. PsyberGuide will also link to C&BP reviews on their site, where relevant.
PsyberGuide Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Schueller, said "ABCT has been a leader in advancing the use of innovative behavioral and cognitive treatments. Technological behavioral and cognitive treatments will play a role in the future of mental health care and we're excited to team with ABCT to ensure researchers and practitioners are equipped to effectively use technology to help improve people's lives."
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice's apps are reviewed with the idea of providing guidance to clinicians in choosing apps that allow them to best serve the needs of their clients. Reviews will often cover cost, targeted clients, basic purpose, the research data behind them, as well as quick overviews of their utility.
To see Cognitive and Behavioral Practice's review apps, click on the app that most interests you:
MMFT Review Summaries
Anxiety Coach is an app for iOS devices ($4.99 at time of publication; Mayo Clinic, 2016) marketed as a self-help program for anxiety for children and adults. The primary focus is to help individuals understand and identify anxiety symptoms, create a hierarchy, and develop plans for exposure tasks. The program was designed by clinical researchers with expertise in CBT for anxiety. There is potential to support ongoing therapy, such as to allow patients to provide real-time data when reviewing between-session anxiety and exposure details with a therapist. Whiteside and colleagues (2014) have published case studies and reported feasibility/acceptability data which are promising. Our expert reviewer felt that the focus of the app on helping users conduct exposure tasks is unique and valuable, and the program had good navigation and an easy to follow user interface.
SuperBetter is an iOS app and website that is marketed to help users pursue goals, which can include mental health goals. The app was developed using game theory and mechanics that mimic "behaviors and techniques that have been clinically shown to give individuals more control over their thoughts and feelings" according to the developer, Jane McGonigal, who has authored books on the subject of leveraging gaming to increase well-being. There are video-game features like "power-ups," "quests," "Power Packs" and a "Community" where individuals can join in to engage in forums or play together as "Allies." Our reviewer found a strong development team and breadth of content, but felt the overall quality of the content lacking in terms of potential to promote clinically significant levels of improvement without active or guided practice with real-world behavior change. Preliminary RCTs have shown feasibility, though attrition rates continue to be a concern. Our reviewer recommends caution if considering this as a stand-alone option for depression or as an adjunct to face-to-face therapy without further data on effectiveness and further development of human safety plans.
Sleepio is a 6-week treatment program for insomnia delivered online and through mobile app. The program includes evidence-based components including psychoeducation, relaxation techniques, cognitive thought challenging sleep scheduling and sleep tracking compatibility (with other wearable trackers). Our reviewer felt the navigation was easy to use and the platform engaging. The program has been tested in a large RCT and smaller trials with promising results. The program is more costly than online competitors ($300 for a 1-year subscription). Our reviewer felt it was a good option as stand-alone first-line intervention and a model internet-based CBT intervention.
TicHelper.com is an 8-week online treatment program for Tic Disorders in youth (8-adolescence) based on the empirically-supported Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) protocol and developed in collaboration with experts who developed and tested CBIT. The program includes evidence-based components including psychoeducation, training in developing competing responses and multiple videos to illustrate concepts. There is also some parent-focused content. Our reviewer felt the program was age-appropriate, appealing and easy to navigate. While the online program does not offer the tailoring allowed in face-to-face individual therapy, there are branching structures which allow some tailoring of content. There is pilot feasibility data on the prototype but no research trials published at the time of this review. Our reviewer notes that the strengths outweigh the weaknesses and the program is unique in the market of targeting this condition and using evidence-based treatment components.
Triple P Online is an online self-help parent training program aimed at reducing child behavior problems through evidence-based "positive parenting practices." The program is available through the website, www2.tripleponline.net, at time of review for $79.95. The program is comprised of 8 video-based modules. Our expert reviewer found the program to include high-quality content with relevant and easily locatable resources, and felt the navigation was easy-to-use and appealing. The program's main weakness lies in its lack of monitoring and adaptation to the user's state (e.g., child's and parent's behaviors), and real-time reminders for desired actions. Overall the program was found to be a valuable parent training resource for addressing child behavior problems by our reviewer.
Psychotherapy.net is an online magazine and video library and production company targeting clinicians, educators, and clinical trainees. At present, the website offers two video steaming subscription plans for individual use: 1) a "Choice plan", which allows access to 2 monthly videos for a fee of $39 each month; and 2) an "Unlimited plan" for $79 monthly, which allows unlimited access to the full online library of over 200 training videos. The primary strength of the website is the breadth of available psychotherapy training videos, which cover several major theoretical orientations, modalities, and clinical populations. However, our expert reviewer notes that the resource is limited by the current absence of information related to evidence-based practice recommendations.
ABCT weighs in on the effects on children of being separated from their parents
Members consulted the literature on this, and posted results from the literature. Needless to say, the findings don't paint pretty pictures. Studies included refugees in Christmas Island, survivors of natural disaster in Australia, left behind children in China, and more.
Detention is not good for children; children in detention handle it better if with their parents; Chinese children left behind as their migrant parents work fair worse than children who accompany their migrant parents even though the living conditions are tougher; foster care, when parents are alive, is sometimes a source of confusion.
Problems are detailed in our posting, with full coverage here
click below for more helpful material, organized alphabetically