PRESENTER: Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Jesse H. Wright is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville where he also serves as Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs and Director of the U of L Depression Center. He is the principal author of eight books on cognitive-behavior therapy and the first multimedia computer program for treatment of depression. His newest book, Breaking Free from Depression: Pathways to Wellness, was written with his daughter, Laura McCray, M.D.
CBT was originally developed for use in traditional “50-minute hours.” However, methods have been described for reducing the length of sessions for patients who may benefit from a shortened format for therapy. Brief sessions have been used by psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and others who may prescribe medications and wish to incorporate CBT methods into their clinical work. But, brief sessions may also be used by non-prescribing clinicians for applications in which an abbreviated clinical contact may be appropriate or preferred (for example in the treatment of psychosis or bipolar disorder, or in hospital settings).
This workshop will provide guidelines for selecting patients for brief sessions, pacing and organizing the flow of treatment, and maximizing efficiency and learning. Specific tools will be suggested for making brief therapy contacts highly useful to patients. Methods will be illustrated and practiced for conducting brief sessions for patients with anxiety and mood disorders.