The program, Path to Better Sleep, is both free and anonymous.
Melinda White, MFT
Featured Therapist Interview
According to Ms White, she uses a number of CBT techniques in dealing with clients with ADHD. In one, she helps adults with ADHD deal with task completion: “In session, we list the tasks the client wishes to complete that week. The client then chooses the task she will work on first. We break the task into small component parts to make it less overwhelming. I next ask her to estimate how long she expect the task to take. Since adults with ADHD are notorious for underestimating the time needed for a task, I then ask my client to add an additional thirty to sixty minutes to the time allotted…..” Later, they will discuss obstacles, noting that “examining obstacles helps someone with attention deficits preplan ways to deal with what might come up rather than impulsively allowing the obstacles to draw her away from her task.”
Melinda White is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has worked extensively with adults, teens and children with ADHD, anxiety, depression, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania, tics and panic disorder. She is a certified cognitive-behavioral therapist, certified trainer/consultant, and founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has been an affiliate of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy. Melinda is also a professional member of the Anxiety Disorders Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. She served for two years as the Educational Coordinator for the U.C. Berkeley site of the National Institute of Mental Health's multi-modal treatment study of ADHD. She was a special education teacher for 15 years, and has a life credential as a learning disability specialist.
She is currently in private practice in Berkeley, California. In addition to attending yearly trainings and conferences throughout the United States to keep her skills up to date, Melinda has been a member of a consult group with Jacqueline Persons since the 1990's. Jackie Persons is a highly skilled mentor, writer of numerous well-regarded books on CBT, and internationally known lecturer. Melinda is the co-treasurer and event registration and membership co-coordinator for the Northern CA CBT Network, an education, training, and networking group of over 280 members in the Bay Area.
Melinda also greatly enjoys training MFT interns/associates and helping them become skilled practitioners of CBT and ERP, working with a wide range of age groups and diagnoses.
First, we would like to know a little about your practice.
What "tips" can you offer to colleagues just opening a practice?
Take lots of trainings from the most well-respected people in the field. Continue in a good consultation group to keep up your skills and get good professional support.
How do you remind your patients of their strengths during the therapy process?
I ask clients each session what went well during their week and what did they do to help make that happen. In addition, I ask them what skills they now know that they are able to use more often.
We would like to know your opinions about ABCT.
How long have you been a member of ABCT?
I've been a member of ABCT since 2000.
How has ABCT helped you professionally?
Attending over a dozen ABCT conferences over the years has kept me up to date with the most current research and the best evidence-based clinical practices in the field.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions!
2018 Presidential Address
CBT in the Digital Age: Enhancing Effectiveness and Reach of Research and Psychotherapy
Tom Ollendick talks pediatric anxiety treatments, and especially his early work with one-session treatments that had success rates as high as 75% and long-term success even at 4 years.
Meet ABCT’s Featured Lab
The HIV Prevention Lab, located at Ryerson University Department of Psychology, is directed by Trevor A. Hart, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Doctoral Student Lab Members
We asked each of the HIV Prevention Lab's graduate student ABCT members:
What is your area of research interest?
How has ABCT been helpful to you?
If a student were thinking about joining ABCT, what activities would you recommend they get involved in?
Natalie Stratton, MA
My research interests generally focus on the study of human sexual functioning. My dissertation explored the physical, mental, and social health of gay, bisexual, and queer men experiencing anodyspareunia (i.e., pain receptive anal penetration).
Participating in ABCT has enriched my graduate training by providing me an opportunity to disseminate and receive feedback on my research from expert researchers in my field. In addition, I further developed my research and clinical skills by attending workshops, symposiums, and panels from renowned researchers. Lastly, ABCT has been a great place to form relationships with other researchers.
I would highly recommend attending SIG meetings as this is a wonderful place to meet researchers in your field. I also thoroughly enjoy attending the LGBT SIG dinner and have forged many great relationships from this experience.
Tyler Tulloch, MA
I am interested in research on psychological distress among end-stage renal disease patients.
The ABCT SIGs have been particularly helpful by providing a place to network with researchers and clinicians who share my research interests. I was a member of several SIGs, including the Behavioral Medicine & Integrated Primary Care, Study of GLBT Issues, and Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders SIGs. I served as a student rep on the BMED-IPC SIG, which was a very rewarding experience for me. ABCT has been my conference of choice for disseminating my research at poster sessions and symposia, and the clinical workshops were very helpful.
I would recommend that students get as involved as possible with the SIGs, and submit their research to symposia as well as poster sessions. I would encourage them to meet new people to form personal and professional relationships that may last well into the future.
Marie Faaborg-Andersen, MA
My research interests are specifically focused on understanding sexual and reproductive health. My doctoral dissertation examined whether gay men with negative automatic thoughts and higher degrees of unrealistic sexual expectations will experience more severe erectile dysfunction. This was the first study of its kind to evaluate this relationship, and incorporated both self-report and physiological measures of erectile dysfunction (i.e., thermal imaging). My Master's thesis explored various pathways leading from childhood sexual abuse to adult erectile dysfunction in gay and bisexual men. Specifically, it examined the mediating roles of substance use, coping, and emotion regulation in this relationship.
ABCT has provided a unique opportunity to interact with clinicians from a variety of research backgrounds and areas of clinical expertise. I have not only had the opportunity to network with professionals who are experts within the field, but have also benefitted greatly from all of the valuable information that I have learned while attending workshops and seminars. The knowledge gained through ABCT has allowed me to strengthen my clinical skills by further developing my knowledge of evidence-based treatment for a variety of mental health disorders. In addition, at every year's conference, I have appreciated the focus of providing training on culturally competent therapy, as this is a major aspect to consider in my clinical work in downtown Toronto.
Attend as many seminars and workshops as possible! Ahead of time, look through the brochures and create a schedule for yourself to make sure you can attend as many presentations that are relevant to your development as a clinician as possible. There are so many opportunities to learn, and preparation will be essential to prevent you from missing something important. I always enjoy attending the SIG Poster session, as its informal nature provides a valuable opportunity to network with clinicians from across the continent with similar clinical and research interests.
Ammaar Kidwai, MA
I'm interested in investigating the lived experiences of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men of color, with a particular focus on South Asian men. Specifically, my doctoral dissertation is examining the impact of microaggressions on the mental health and sexual health of this population. Among my aims for my studies is the role of race/ethnicity in sexual risk-taking behaviors, particularly as it relates to consent. Understanding the intricacies of race/ethnicity in sexual consent situations can help clinicians and the South Asian GBMSM community expand the discussion about sex in both public and private domains.
ABCT has been incredibly helpful in fostering important connections across my academic and clinical interests. I've been grateful for the opportunity to attend clinically relevant workshops, research presentations and special interest group meetings, which have been enlightening and have subsequently informed my own practice.
It would be paramount to join a special interest group as it can forge connections with other like-minded professionals and provides a unique opportunity to review and discuss particular research. I also highly recommend attending clinical workshops and seminars as it can contribute to your ongoing development as a clinical psychology student. The opportunity to attend the vast array of workshops and seminars provided at ABCT is an exceptional highlight and one I continue to appreciate.
Trevor A. Hart, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Trevor A. Hart is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University. Dr. Hart's research in HIV prevention and care spans a wide variety of fields, including health psychology, clinical psychology, community psychology, and public health. Dr. Hart's research is conducted at the HIV Prevention Lab and collaborating labs, HIV clinics, and AIDS service organizations.
Research conducted by Dr. Hart and his graduate students at the HIV Prevention Lab involves three related lines of scientific study: (1) the identification of risk factors for unprotected intercourse among adolescent and adult populations at high risk for HIV and sexually transmitted infected (STI) contraction or transmission; (2) examining the relation between physical health and psychological outcomes among people living with HIV; and (3) testing of behavioral interventions for people at high risk for HIV and STIs and people living with HIV that promote sexual health and life expectancy and reduce HIV, STIs, and other sexual risk outcomes.
The HIV Prevention Lab conducts research on how to prevent HIV and STI transmission among groups that are at a higher risk for acquiring HIV and STIs, with a focus on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. We also conduct research on how to promote quality of life among people living with HIV.
Dr. Hart is the director of the HIV Prevention Lab and a recipient of an Ontario HIV Treatment Network Applied Research Chair Award. The HIV Prevention Lab is staffed by Dr. Hart's research team, which currently consists of four graduate students, a full-time lab manager, a full-time research coordinator, two post-doctoral fellows, and several full-time and part-time research assistants.
How do you stay current with developments in the field, both research and practice?
I keep up with the research literature by reading journals in health behavior, behavioral therapies, HIV/STIs, and sexual health. I also regularly attend conferences to learn about what my colleagues are doing.
What conferences do you regularly attend and why?
ABCT, the Canadian Association for HIV Research, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, the International Academy of Sex Research, and community-based conferences on gay and bisexual men's health where researchers, front-line mental health providers, and community leaders can learn how best to work together to improve mental health and sexual health.
How long have you been a member of ABCT?
How has ABCT helped you professionally?
ABCT has always been my home for updating my research and clinical knowledge of behavioral therapies. ABCT helped me to learn how to do high-quality research and therapy.
How do you see the future of ABCT for both you and your students?
I think ABCT will grow as behavioral therapies continue to grow in their popularity. The reach of behavioral therapies will grow into new areas, including work with marginalized populations, implementation science, and prevention science.
Are your students members of ABCT? If so, what has been most useful for them?
Yes! I think they appreciate the ability to network with fellow students who care about the interface of science and practice, and to update their knowledge of both.
For prospective students:
I would recommend that prospective students attend ABCT so they can learn how to do great work that can help them improve people's lives using behavioral therapies.
David F. Tolin
2019-2020 President Elect
Amie E. Grills
2019-2022 Representative-at-Large Elect
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The Clinical Directory and Referral issues committee is highlighting the large number of SIGs that cover racial and ethnic diversity within ABCT:
This award recognizes outstanding individuals who are not members of ABCT but who have shown exceptional dedication, influence, and social impact through the promotion of evidence-based interventions and who have thereby advanced the mission of ABCT.
Visit our Champions page for full details on how to nominate and for a full listing of champions
Call for Papers: Special Issue of Behavior Therapy
The impact and treatment of sleep disorders
Sleep disorders are a significant public health problem in general, and are particularly elevated among psychiatric populations. This Special Issue aims to highlight cutting-edge research on the treatment of sleep disorders as well as work that makes significant contributions to our understanding of how sleep disorders impact the treatment of comorbid psychological disorders. Some of the essential questions that this special issue will seek to address include:
1. What is the efficacy or effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapies for sleep disorders, including traditional and eHealth interventions?
2. How do sleep disorders impact the treatment outcomes of comorbid psychological disorders?
3. What are the mechanisms that may explain the connection between sleep disorders and other psychological disorders, and how can this inform treatment planning?
This is not an exhaustive list, but instead illustrates the type of research questions of interest. Studies that assess sleep disorders using interview or polysomnography methods are encouraged. Papers for this special issue must highlight the clinical value of the findings. In addition to original research, review articles, short reports, brief commentary, case reports, and meta-analyses are invited.
Please direct inquiries and submit proposal abstracts to Carmen McLean (email@example.com) no later than February 1, 2019. If invited to contribute, final papers will be due July 1, 2019. Papers not considered for the special issue are of course still welcome for submission to the journal as an author initiated manuscript.
ABCT is delighted to announce a new partnership with PsyberGuide.
Please watch these pages for an expanding list of CBT-relevant apps being reviewed by the staff at PsyberGuide and the editors at Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
PsyberGuide (PsyberGuide.org) is a non-profit website reviewing smartphone applications and other digital mental health tools. Its goal is to help people make responsible and informed decisions about the technologies they use for management of mental health. PsyberGuide is committed to ensuring that this information is available to all, and that it is free of preference, bias, or endorsement.
PsyberGuide is funded by One Mind, a leading non-profit organization supporting collaborative brain research to provide patients who suffer from brain disease and injury better diagnostics and treatment. With over 325,000 emerging digital health technologies, and an estimated 15,000 of those designed for mental health, One Mind recognized the lack of advice or guidelines to help people navigate the expanding marketplace of mental health apps. Thus in 2013, One Mind established PsyberGuide to address this growing problem.
In 2017, One Mind welcomed Dr. Stephen Schueller as Executive Director. Dr. Schueller is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at University of California. Irvine. His work focuses on expanding the accessibility and availability of mental health services through technology.
PsyberGuide & ABCT established this partnership with the aim of disseminating reviews of digital mental health tools to a broad audience of researchers, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental-health practitioners who are interested in using these tools in their practice of behavioral, cognitive, and biological evidence-based principles.
In the coming months, app reviews from both PsyberGuide and Cognitive and Behavioral Practice will be integrated on both sites to expand the reach of information on available apps. ABCT will be developing a dedicated app review page which will host a sample of relevant PsyberGuide reviews. PsyberGuide will also link to C&BP reviews on their site, where relevant.
PsyberGuide Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Schueller, said "ABCT has been a leader in advancing the use of innovative behavioral and cognitive treatments. Technological behavioral and cognitive treatments will play a role in the future of mental health care and we're excited to team with ABCT to ensure researchers and practitioners are equipped to effectively use technology to help improve people's lives."
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice's apps are reviewed with the idea of providing guidance to clinicians in choosing apps that allow them to best serve the needs of their clients. Reviews will often cover cost, targeted clients, basic purpose, the research data behind them, as well as quick overviews of their utility.
To see Cognitive and Behavioral Practice's review apps, click on the app that most interests you:
MMFT Review Summaries
Anxiety Coach is an app for iOS devices ($4.99 at time of publication; Mayo Clinic, 2016) marketed as a self-help program for anxiety for children and adults. The primary focus is to help individuals understand and identify anxiety symptoms, create a hierarchy, and develop plans for exposure tasks. The program was designed by clinical researchers with expertise in CBT for anxiety. There is potential to support ongoing therapy, such as to allow patients to provide real-time data when reviewing between-session anxiety and exposure details with a therapist. Whiteside and colleagues (2014) have published case studies and reported feasibility/acceptability data which are promising. Our expert reviewer felt that the focus of the app on helping users conduct exposure tasks is unique and valuable, and the program had good navigation and an easy to follow user interface.
SuperBetter is an iOS app and website that is marketed to help users pursue goals, which can include mental health goals. The app was developed using game theory and mechanics that mimic "behaviors and techniques that have been clinically shown to give individuals more control over their thoughts and feelings" according to the developer, Jane McGonigal, who has authored books on the subject of leveraging gaming to increase well-being. There are video-game features like "power-ups," "quests," "Power Packs" and a "Community" where individuals can join in to engage in forums or play together as "Allies." Our reviewer found a strong development team and breadth of content, but felt the overall quality of the content lacking in terms of potential to promote clinically significant levels of improvement without active or guided practice with real-world behavior change. Preliminary RCTs have shown feasibility, though attrition rates continue to be a concern. Our reviewer recommends caution if considering this as a stand-alone option for depression or as an adjunct to face-to-face therapy without further data on effectiveness and further development of human safety plans.
Sleepio is a 6-week treatment program for insomnia delivered online and through mobile app. The program includes evidence-based components including psychoeducation, relaxation techniques, cognitive thought challenging sleep scheduling and sleep tracking compatibility (with other wearable trackers). Our reviewer felt the navigation was easy to use and the platform engaging. The program has been tested in a large RCT and smaller trials with promising results. The program is more costly than online competitors ($300 for a 1-year subscription). Our reviewer felt it was a good option as stand-alone first-line intervention and a model internet-based CBT intervention.
TicHelper.com is an 8-week online treatment program for Tic Disorders in youth (8-adolescence) based on the empirically-supported Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) protocol and developed in collaboration with experts who developed and tested CBIT. The program includes evidence-based components including psychoeducation, training in developing competing responses and multiple videos to illustrate concepts. There is also some parent-focused content. Our reviewer felt the program was age-appropriate, appealing and easy to navigate. While the online program does not offer the tailoring allowed in face-to-face individual therapy, there are branching structures which allow some tailoring of content. There is pilot feasibility data on the prototype but no research trials published at the time of this review. Our reviewer notes that the strengths outweigh the weaknesses and the program is unique in the market of targeting this condition and using evidence-based treatment components.
Triple P Online is an online self-help parent training program aimed at reducing child behavior problems through evidence-based "positive parenting practices." The program is available through the website, www2.tripleponline.net, at time of review for $79.95. The program is comprised of 8 video-based modules. Our expert reviewer found the program to include high-quality content with relevant and easily locatable resources, and felt the navigation was easy-to-use and appealing. The program's main weakness lies in its lack of monitoring and adaptation to the user's state (e.g., child's and parent's behaviors), and real-time reminders for desired actions. Overall the program was found to be a valuable parent training resource for addressing child behavior problems by our reviewer.
Psychotherapy.net is an online magazine and video library and production company targeting clinicians, educators, and clinical trainees. At present, the website offers two video steaming subscription plans for individual use: 1) a "Choice plan", which allows access to 2 monthly videos for a fee of $39 each month; and 2) an "Unlimited plan" for $79 monthly, which allows unlimited access to the full online library of over 200 training videos. The primary strength of the website is the breadth of available psychotherapy training videos, which cover several major theoretical orientations, modalities, and clinical populations. However, our expert reviewer notes that the resource is limited by the current absence of information related to evidence-based practice recommendations.
Awards Ceremony: Friday, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Delaware A & B
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Linda Carter Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, Nova Southeastern University
Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, Nova Southeastern University
Ricardo Muñoz, Ph.D., Palo Alto University
Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, Ph.D., National Center for PTSD and Stanford University
Outstanding Service to ABCT
Former Behavior Therapy Editors Richard G. Heimberg, Ph.D., Temple University; Thomas H. Ollendick, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and Michelle G. Newman, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Distinguished Friend to Behavior Therapy
Joel Sherrill, Ph.D., Division of Services and Intervention Research, NIMH
Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for Excellence in the Integration of Science and Practice
Joseph McGuire, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Virginia A. Roswell Student Dissertation Award
Gabriela Khazanov, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Leonard Krasner Student Dissertation Award
Eric Lee, M.A., Utah State University
John R. Z. Abela Student Dissertation Award
Joanna Kim, M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Student Research Grant Recipients
Laurel D. Sarfan, Miami University (Ohio), "Using the Approach Avoid Task: Testing the Relation Between Implicit and Explicit Experiential Avoidance and Social Anxiety Symptoms"
HONORABLE MENTION: Daniel P. Moriarity, Temple University, "Reward Sensitivity, Stress Reactivity, and Mood Psychopathology"
ADAA Travel Awards
Shannon Blakey, M.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Martha Falkenstein, Ph.D., McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Awards
Emma Brett, Oklahoma State University
Jonah Meyerhoff, University of Vermont
Kristen E. Frosio, Oklahoma State University
Student Travel Award
Lillian Reuman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ABCT weighs in on the effects on children of being separated from their parents
Members consulted the literature on this, and posted results from the literature. Needless to say, the findings don't paint pretty pictures. Studies included refugees in Christmas Island, survivors of natural disaster in Australia, left behind children in China, and more.
Detention is not good for children; children in detention handle it better if with their parents; Chinese children left behind as their migrant parents work fair worse than children who accompany their migrant parents even though the living conditions are tougher; foster care, when parents are alive, is sometimes a source of confusion.
Problems are detailed in our posting, with full coverage here
Call for Papers has gone out and registration is open.