Opening Session and Keynote
Thursday, April 6, 2017
The Power of Turning Toward: Why Psychological Flexibility Matters for Clients and Practitioners Alike
Steven C. Hayes, PhD
Foundation Professor of Psychology
University of Nevada, Reno
Dr. Hayes will describe the science of psychological flexibility as a general model of behavioral development and change and show why it matters to target these processes for change for clients and for the practitioners who serve them. Psychological flexibility is a small set of processes—acceptance, diffusion, flexible attention to the now, perspective taking, values, and committed action—that are known to relate to the development of psychopathology and its complexity and chronicity as well as to successful behavior change and treatment.
An author of 41 books and hundreds of scientific articles, Dr. Hayes is one of the world’s most-cited clinical research psychologists and psychotherapy developers. His work on the nature of human language and higher cognition and its role in human suffering helped form the intellectual basis of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and the psychological flexibility model. His experience as a panic-disordered person in recovery led to his work in ACT, as he described in his TEDx talk.
Jerilyn Ross Lecture
Friday, April 8
Giovanni Andrea Fava, MD
Professor of Clinical Psychology
University of Bologna
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
State University of New York at Buffalo
Dr. Fava has introduced the sequential model for combining pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, the concept of staging in psychiatry; Well-Being Therapy, a novel psychotherapeutic approach for increasing psychological well-being; a new method of classification of psychosomatic distress (the Diagnostic Criteria for Psychosomatic Research); the concept of oppositional tolerance with antidepressant treatment; and the clinimetric approach to psychiatric evaluation. He has authored more than 500 scientific papers and has performed groundbreaking research in several fields. Since 1992, he has served as editor-in-chief of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.