ADAA offers interactive webinars for CE credit. Format: A live one-hour audiovisual presentation, including a brief Q&A session.

Please note: These webinars are approved by the American Psychological Association and New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work for 1 continuing education credit/hour. 
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Please note: These webinars are approved by the American Psychological Association and New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work for 1 continuing education credit/hour. 

February 23, 2017 | 12 noon to 1 pm ET 
Optimizing Your Clinical Practice for Tele-Therapy


Robert Cuyler.jpgFeaturing Robert Cuyler, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, Palo Alto Health Sciences. 

Robert N. Cuyler, PhD is President of Clinical Psychology Consultants Ltd, LLP.  His consulting practice focuses on strategic planning and operations of healthcare organizations and practices. Dr. Cuyler provides consulting services in telemedicine, and his decade of telemedicine experience has included extensive activity in the clinical, public policy, finance, technical, and business development areas of the field. He is the author (with Dutch Holland, PhD) of the book Implementing Telemedicine: Completing Projects on Target On Time On Budget.  Dr. Cuyler serves as Clinical Advisor to Breakthrough Behavioral, a division of MDLIVE, and Clinical Advisor to Palo Alto Health Sciences, which provides the Freespira Breathing System for treatment of panic disorder.

Although conducting therapy over video has great similarity to providing office-based services, the new medium does present some special challenges and considerations.  There is no doubt that the full range of senses and observation is reduced in the video-conference environment.  While the empirical literature strongly suggests that outcomes are as good in the tele-behavioral health as in ‘face-to-face’ environments, the practitioner may nonetheless need to make some adjustments in understanding regulatory requirements and conducting therapy to optimize care. The presentation will review essentials of licensure, record-keeping, and privacy practices for clinicians new to offering tele-therapy. 

Equipping the clinical practice for tele-therapy entails much more than securing a video-conference technology.  This presentation will focus on fine-tuning the video-conference technology used in tele-therapy, modifying the office environment to optimize the client and practitioner experience, and adapting therapeutic interventions to the new environment.  Variables such as office lighting, camera angle, background, and management of distractions are critical factors for practitioners adopting tele-therapy as a tool for expanding access to care. 

In addition, the practitioner new to tele-therapy should consider implementing the new modality as analogous to staging a one-actor play.  No performance goes live (or should!) without planning for set (office environment), script (client introduction and education about care via tele-therapy), and dress rehearsal (testing the office environment before the first client contact).  The presentation will offer guidance on tech support, testing and feedback prior to first use, as well as recommended approaches to orienting clients to tele-therapy. 

Finally, the presentation will address issues and nuances from the author’s clinical experience in anticipating and managing therapeutic issues in the tele-therapy environment.  While the equivalence of tele-therapy to ‘face-to-face’ is well established, the presenter will address some aspects to tele-therapy that may provide an improvement to office-based care, particularly to the additional value of home-based care. The value of initial and periodic self-report clinical inventories will be discussed as a means of monitoring progress and safety in the care of distant clients. 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Make adjustments to the office environment to improve the clinical quality of tele-therapy.
  2. Summarize key regulatory requirements that apply to providing mental health services via tele-health.
  3. Evaluate available video-conference systems to optimize session quality, availability of technical support, and adherence to regulatory requirements.

Presentation Level: Introductory 

March 2, 2017 | 12 noon to 1 pm ET | 1 APA CE  | 1  NASW CEU 
Introduction to the Magic of CBT for Anxiety, OCD, and Depression: Part I*

*Special Conference Sponsored Offer!

This webinar is approved by both the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886437837-3271) and the American Psychological Association (Approval # 739-26163171) for 1 continuing education contact hours for social workers and psychologists. ADAA is pleased to offer CE credits free of charge for this March webinar.

The webinar is offered in two parts with Part Two being offered as a special session at the April 6-9 2017 ADAA Conference in San Francisco.  We invite you to take advantage of this special webinar promotion (and to also join us at the Conference) – to learn the basics of CBT and how to successfully use this approach in your practice. 


Kimberly MorrowFeaturing Kimberly Morrow, LCSW Licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Kimberly graduated from Memphis State University with a Master's in Psychology and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Master's in Social Work. Kimberly has been specializing in treating people with anxiety and OCD for more than 25 years and teaching other professionals how to treat anxiety for more than 15 years. Kimberly has developed training videos to help clinicians learn evidenced based treatment for anxiety and OCD and is the author of Face It and Feel It: 10 Simple but Not Easy Ways to Live Well with Anxiety (2011).
Elizabeth DuPont Spencer ImageFeaturing: Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C, licensed clinical social worker, trainer and supervisor practicing in Rockville, Maryland.
Elizabeth trained as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, with a specialty in anxiety and mood disorders and has been in private practice for more than twenty years, working with children, adolescents and adults. She is a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and a graduate of Columbia University in New York City, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore’s School of Social Work. Elizabeth is the co-author of two books, The Anxiety Cure and The Anxiety Cure for Kids.

In his efforts to provide empirical evidence for psychoanalysis in the 1950s, Aaron Beck, MD, was instead led to search for alternative explanations for depression. He discovered that distorted, negative thoughts are a primary feature of depression. This resulted in the development of cognitive therapy, which is a structured, short-term, present-oriented process. He later added a behavioral component after finding that people with depression also needed to have behavioral activation as a core component of treatment. As empirical evidence mounted, these same techniques were transferred to treating anxiety and other disorders. Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) has been demonstrated to be equal to and sometimes more effective than medication alone (J Clin Psychiatry 2004; 65(suppl 5). CBT is also proven effective with clients of diverse levels of education and income, as well as a variety of cultures and ages. CBT can be used in multiple treatment settings, including outpatient, inpatient, schools, and correctional facilities.
Because of its effectiveness, CBT is the treatment of choice for anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression not only because it reduces suffering but because it teaches skills that will help people stay well. Many therapists learn the basics of CBT in graduate school, but they desire more guidance in using these skills with challenging clients. 

Part I and Part II of this workshop offer a chance to learn important foundational skills that will allow you to take full advantage of the more advanced webinars and workshops available from ADAA online and at the conference. You do not need to attend both Part I and Part II. Join us in this interactive and fun workshop to learn the basics of CBT and how to successfully use this approach in your practice. 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate the principles of cognitive-behavior therapy – 10 minutes
  2. Socialize a client to the cognitive behavior model – 10 minutes
  3. Structure and format sessions – 5 minutes
  4. Connect thoughts and feelings – 10 minutes
  5. Socratic questioning – 5 minutes
  6. Formulate behavioral activation with clients – 10 minutes
  7. Identify and evaluate automatic thoughts – 10 minutes 

Presentation level: Introductory​

March 29, 2017 | 12 noon – 1:00 pm ET
Balancing the Hopes and Risks of Ketamine Treatment for Major Depressive Episodes


Sanacora_0_0_0.jpgFeaturing: Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD
Dr. Sanacora is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of the Yale Depression Research Program. He completed an NIH sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program at the State University New York at Stony Brook, earning his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics in 1992 and his M.D. degree in 1994. Dr. Sanacora then moved to Yale University where he completed his internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program Residency in the Department of Psychiatry, and an NIH funded Neuroimaging Scientist Training Program Fellowship. Dr. Sanacora’s work is concentrated largely on elucidating the pathophysiological mechanisms associated with mood and other neuropsychiatric disorders. Much of his recent research has focused on identifying the contributions of the amino acid neurotransmitter systems (GABA and Glutamate) to the neurobiology of mood disorders and the mechanism of antidepressant action. In addition, he is involved in several early phase clinical trials designed to test the clinical efficacy of newly developed therapeutic agents.

There is mounting interest in the use of ketamine and other novel drugs that may produce a rapid onset of antidepressant effects in mood and other neuropsychiatric disorders.  This presentation will highlight the rationale for this approach, critically review the emerging data from several clinical trials, and discus the limitations of the studies completed to date.  In specific we will review the available data on the efficacy and safety of ketamine and other putative rapidly acting antidepressants in the context of mechanism of action, practical clinical usefulness, and its ability to inform future drug development and patient care.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current unmet needs for novel antidepressant treatment approaches
  2. Critically evaluate current data from clinical trials on rapidly acting antidepressant mediations and discuss putative mechanisms of action related to rapid onset antidepressant drugs
  3. Summarize the issues associated with the rapidly rising use of ketamine in clinical settings

Presentation level: Introductory​

May 10, 2017 | 12 noon – 1:00 pm ET
Strategies for Delivering AFFIRMative Cognitive Behavior Therapy to LGBTQ+ Youth


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Featuring: Shelley L. Craig, PhD, RSW, LCSW and Ashley Austin, PhD, LCSW 

Shelley L. Craig, PhD, RSW, LCSW is Associate Dean Academic at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Ms. Craig teaches in the Health and Mental Health specialization, primarily focusing on research and practice for health. Dr. Craig’s research focuses on the social determinants of health and mental health and the impact of the service delivery system on vulnerable populations. Her primary specializations are: (1) the needs of sexual and gender minority youth and subsequent program development and service delivery (2) the roles and interventions used by health social workers to impact the social determinants of health (3) developing competent social work practitioners through effective social work education. As principal investigator she has recently tested several interventions for sexual and gender minority youth including Strengths-First, a resilience-focused case management program for  youth at risk, ASSET, an empowering group  model and funded through the Canadian Institute of Health Research, AFFIRM, an affirmative cognitive-behavioural group intervention. 
Ashley Austin, PhD is currently an Associate Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, FL. Her research and practice interests revolve around reducing disparities in health and treatment for LGBTQ youth and young adults. Her areas of research and professional practice include promoting resilience and well-being among sexual and gender minority youth, transgender affirmative practice, education, and research, and adaptations of empirically supported interventions for marginalized populations. Her recent research and scholarship collaborations focus on addressing notable gaps in the treatment literature through the adaptation of evidence informed cognitive behavioral interventions to meet the unique needs of diverse LGBQT youth and young adults. Dr. Austin has authored multiple publications and presentations aimed at advancing the delivery of transgender affirmative social work education and clinical practice. 

While there is growing support in contemporary society for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBQ+) identities, LGBTQ+ youth continue to experience disproportionate risk for myriad mental and behavioral health outcomes.  Disparate health risk among LGBTQ+ youth is linked to stressors associated with their sexual and/or gender minority identities.  As a result, successfully navigating adolescence can be challenging and painful process for many LGBTQ+ youth.  Mental health professionals can play a key role in supporting LGBTQ+ client health and well-being through the use of affirmative practice approaches. LGBTQ+ affirmative practice acknowledges the multidimensional spectrum sexual and gender identities as equally healthy and valuable, validating the identities, strengths and experiences of LGBTQ+ youth.  Affirmative practitioners provide a clinical context which counters oppressive and unethical reparative approaches, challenging social and cultural factors that contribute to minority stress and oppression in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth.

This webinar will focus on AFFIRM, a LGBTQ+ youth-specific version of Cognitive Behavior Therapy that has been adapted to ensure (a) an affirming stance toward LGBTQ+ identities, (b) recognition and awareness of LGBTQ+-specific sources of stress, and (c) the delivery of CBT content within an affirming, developmentally relevant and trauma-informed framework.  AFFIRM helps clients to identify and challenge internalized stigma and negative core beliefs in a safe and supportive clinical context. Participants will be introduced to the skills associated with several core components of AFFIRM including Case Conceptualization, Psychoeducation, Modifying Thinking, and Behavioral Activation, LGBTQ+  youth learn to counter stress, develop support, and engage in healthy coping. 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Assess the role and impact of homo/transphobic stigma, bullying, and discrimination on LGBTQ+ youths’ presenting mental health concerns.
  2. Articulate an affirmative stance toward LGBTQ+ diversity among youth
  3. Develop skills associated with effectively implementing CBT strategies within an affirmative context which challenges external and internal stigma, and attends to LGBTQ+ youths’ specific needs.

Audience: Intermediate/Advanced


Craig, S.L., & Austin, A. (2016). The AFFIRM Open Pilot Feasibility Study: A Brief Affirmative Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills Group Intervention for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth. Child and Youth Services. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.02.022
Austin, A. & Craig, S. L. (2015). Transgender affirmative cognitive behavioral therapy: Clinical considerations and applications.  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 46(1), 21-29. 
Craig, S. L. Austin, A. & Alessi, E. (2012).  Gay affirmative cognitive behavioral therapy for sexual minority youth: A clinical adaptation and approach. Clinical Social Work Journal. DOI:10.1007/s10615-012-0427-9

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