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Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment of Victims of Violence, Miami. He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy and in a survey of clinicians reported in the American Psychologist, he was voted “one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.”
Dr. Meichenbaum has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association. For his exceptional teaching skills, Dr. Meichenbaum was a recipient of the prestigious NEEI Mental Health Educator of the Year award.
Dr. Meichenbaum’s prolific work has been published in various journals, chapters, in many books and in his most recently released book, ROADMAP to RESILIENCE. Dr. Meichenbaum has described this workshop as “the penultimate product of over 40 years of clinical practice and consultation.”
In the aftermath of traumatic and victimizing experiences most individuals are impacted, but some 75% go on to evidence resilience and the ability to “bounce back“ and confront ongoing adversities. In contrast, some 25% of individuals will manifest persistent adjustment difficulties and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Meichenbaum will discuss what distinguishes these two groups and the practical implications for treatment. He will provide a Case Conceptualization Model of risk and protective factors that informs treatment interventions and that highlights a “strengths-based“ Constructive Narrative treatment approach. Using a life-span perspective he will discuss the nature and neurobiological aspects of resilience. He will present evidence-based Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral treatment for “high -risk“ children and their families, and ways to bolster resilience with adolescents and the elderly. Other specific populations to be discussed include individuals who are experiencing prolonged and complicated grief, returning service members, clients with comorbid disorders of PTSD and substance abuse disorders, individuals with borderline personality disorders, individuals with traumatic brain injuries, native Indian populations and psychotherapists.
Critique of the concept of PTSD and a consideration of the “state-of-the art“/ What distinguishes the 75% vs the 25% and implications for treatment/ Nature and neurobiology of resilience/Building blocks of resilience/ A Case Conceptualization Model of risk and protective factors and treatment implications: Core tasks of psychotherapy
Treatment for individuals with PTSD, Complex PTSD and comorbid disorders/ Substance abuse/Affective disorders/ Guilt/Prolonged and complicated grief/ Moral injuries
Bolstering resilience in special populations: Clients with borderline personality disorders, Individuals with traumatic brain injuries/ Ways to integrate spirituality and psychotherapy
Ways to bolster resilience across the life-span –”High-risk” children and their families/ Neurobiological consequences of cumulative stress and implications for treatment/ Characteristics of resilient individuals – pathways to resilience/ Traumafocused cognitive behavior therapy
Ways to bolster resilience in adolescents including LGBTQ youth and victims of human trafficking/Ways to bolster resilience in the elderly/ Ways to bolster resilience in psychotherapists –Vicarious resilience