Psychiatry Division Grand Rounds
8-9 a.m. Friday, March 11
TITLE: Prescription for Panic: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
PRESENTER: Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D.
LOCATION: School of Medicine, Schwitalla Hall, Lecture Hall 1
(NOTE: Entry is through Learning Resource Center (LRC) , 3544 Caroline Mall. Then ask security guard for directions.)
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: According to American Psychiatric Association practice guidelines, pharmacotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are both first line recommended treatments for panic disorder.
When length of treatment and relapse are considered, CBT has been shown in numerous randomized controlled outcome studies to be superior to pharmacological treatments. And yet many psychiatrists and physicians lack the knowledge and skill to either competently deliver CBT for panic disorder or describe it well enough to patients to facilitate a successful referral.
Padesky describes and provides video demonstrations of each of the essential stages of effective CBT for panic disorder. With characteristic clarity, warmth, and humor she makes the case for why CBT should usually be the first "prescription for panic."
BRIEF BIO: Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D., co-founder of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, Calif., is considered one of the leading cognitive therapy presenters in the world, teaching more than 40,000 professionals worldwide as well as 25 workshops with cognitive therapy's founder, Aaron T. Beck, M.D.
A graduate of Yale and UCLA, Padesky is a distinguished founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and recipient of its Aaron T. Beck Award for her enduring contributions to the field.
The California Psychological Association honored her with its Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award and she has been named "Most Influential International CBT Therapist" in England. She is co-author of six books translated into 23 languages including the best-selling client self-help manual, Mind Over Mood.
Padesky is a featured therapist in several award-winning psychology films and offers audio and video training materials (described at www.padesky.com) that demonstrate cognitive therapy processes and protocols.