Description

Incorporate the therapeutic benefits of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) into your treatment of couples in distress.

This online course provides an orientation and overview for using CBT principles as part of an effective couples therapy program. Your learning experience is driven by interaction with faculty and other participants – the course includes an interactive discussion board that let you discuss your own clinical cases and hear those of your colleagues.

The course is designed for all clinicians who treat couples across various practice settings – psychologists, general and primary care practitioners, and social workers, as well as psychiatrists, physician assistants, and nurses. It provides an understanding of effective CBT concepts, an introduction to basic CBT techniques for couples, and guidance on how to conduct assessments, engage couples in treatment, set goals, and measure improvement.

Course assignments include videos that illustrate techniques, self-assessments, and rich resource lists, plus the content is 100% mobile-friendly so you can participate whenever your schedule allows. You can complete the preceding module's materials at any time to unlock the next module's materials.

Course materials are available beginning September 2, 2014 and course work must be completed by September 1, 2015.

AMA PRA CreditsTM are not being issued for this course.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this online course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe key characteristics of Couples Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Couples CBT).
  • Explain how to structure a Couples CBT session, including goal setting.
  • Apply four behavioral interventions used as part of couples treatments.
  • Analyze the process of cognitive change as it occurs within Couples CBT.

Target Audience

This program is intended for: Psychologists, general and family care practitioners, and social workers.

Pricing

All Care Providers: $240.00

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for requests received within 5 business days of purchase, but an administrative fee of $35.00 will be deducted from your refund. No refunds will be made thereafter. Additionally, no refunds will be made for individuals who claim credit, regardless of when they request a refund.

Agenda

Within each module, the following course materials are available:

  • Didactic presentations with embedded role plays
  • Self-assessment
  • Discussion boards
  • Readings
  • Worksheets, handouts, and references

Agenda subject to change without notice.

Module 1

 

Module 1 provides an overview of the key characteristics of Couples CBT, assessment methods used at the outset of treatment, and details of what typically occurs in the first three sessions.

Participants should be able to understand the following key elements:

  • Describe key characteristics of Couples CBT.
  • Identify assessment methods used at the outset of Couples CBT.
  • Recognize a paradigm for Couples CBT case conceptualization.

Module 2

Module 2 provides coverage of the structure of Couples CBT sessions, goal setting, and critical elements of two of the seven key conjoint interventions.

Participants should be able to understand the following key elements:

  • Explain how to structure therapy sessions.
  • Indicate how goal setting is done within couples CBT.
  • Recognize critical elements of increasing positivity and conflict management.

Module 3

Module 3 provides a detailed overview of four behavioral interventions used as a part of key conjoint treatments. Case examples are used to illustrate how to implement these interventions.

Participants should be able to understand the following key elements:

  • Recognize the four key behavioral interventions used in Couples CBT.
  • Describe, through use of case examples, how to implement behavioral interventions.

Module 4

Module 4 focuses on the process of cognitive change as it occurs within couples CBT, highlights the use of the U.N.S.T.U.C.K. paradigm for dyadic cognitive restructuring, and presents tips for preventing relapse.

Participants should be able to understand the following key elements:

  • Explain how cognitive change occurs within Couples CBT.
  • Recognize the importance of the U.N.S.T.U.C.K. paradigm and how to implement this in practice.
  • Identify optimal ways to prevent relapse of couple distress.

Faculty

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
    Affiliate of the Women's Health Sciences Division of the U.S. VA national Center for PTSD
  • Associate Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Program Director, The Bulfinch Program
    Clinical Psychologist, Home Base Program
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

CE Information

Release Date: September 2, 2014
Expiration Date: September 1, 2015

To receive credit for this activity, view the presentations and complete the post-test and activity evaluation.

AMA PRA CreditsTM are not being issued for this course.


CREDIT

TYPE

ACCREDITATION STATEMENT

DESIGNATION STATEMENT

11.00

Psychologists CE Credit 

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This offering meets the criteria for 11.00 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists.

11.00

Social Work CE
Credit Hours

This program has been approved for 11.00 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR.

Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D 51889.

11.00

(self-claim)

Other Professions

Other Providers can claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course. 

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.


Faculty Disclosure Statement

In accord with the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), planners, speakers and anyone who may have an influence on the content of the activity have been asked to disclose any relationship they or their spouse/partner have to companies producing pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, devices, etc. that may be germane to the content of their presentation. Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias, but provides participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given presentation.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest (COI)

The MGH Academy has implemented a process to resolve potential COIs for this CME activity to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public.


Planner Disclosures

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

Tristan Gorrindo, MD
Jane Pimental, MPH

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

Susan E. Sprich, PhD, Reviewer
Royalties: Oxford University Press (for co-authoring treatment manual and client workbook), Springer (for editing book)


Speaker Disclosures

The following speakers and/or their spouse/partner have reported a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

Steffany J. Fredman, PhD
Royalties: Guilford Press (for co-authoring Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD: Harnessing the Healing Power of Relationships)

Candice Monson, PhD
Royalties: Guilford Press (for co-authoring Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD: Harnessing the Healing Power of Relationships)


Moderator Disclosures

The following moderators and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

Timothy Petersen, PhD


Hardware/Software Specifications

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration

Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit


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