|Field of Study:||Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treat. Prof., Other
|Description:||This program focuses on the modification and application of the CBT model to more challenging anxiety disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), chronic anger, addictions, and serious mental illnesses such as bipolar disorders and psychotic disorders. Our instructors will use both didactic and experiential exercises to illustrate the important and unique modifications of the CBT model and specific treatment strategies for GAD (e.g., cognitive exposures, uncertainty tolerance training) and OCD (e.g., exposures and response prevention, meta-cognitive beliefs). The CBT model for the treatment of psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations and specific techniques such as use of behavioural experiments to test the veracity of delusions and the interpretations of hallucinations will be extensively covered. Identification of prodromal symptoms and the importance of learning how to distinguish normal from hypomanic and depressed presentations of the self-concept will be covered in addition to other coping strategies to mitigate (hypo)manic relapses. This program will also challenge some of the common myths and misperceptions about anger. It will also focus on the importance of identifying anger triggers, facilitative automatic thoughts and cognitive responses to these thoughts, as well as behavioural skills in managing anger and hostility. Finally, use of motivationally enhanced CBT strategies to address substance use disorders and motivational techniques to reduce use and harm of substances will be covered and practiced in class.