Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy With Donald Meichenbaum
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy With Donald Meichenbaum is a demonstration of arguably the most frequently used therapeutic approach by one of its cofounders. Dr. Donald Meichenbaum uses cognitive–behavioral therapy with a constructive-narrative perspective in which he looks at the stories clients tell about themselves and considers ways that the client could develop a different, more positive story.
In this session, Dr. Meichenbaum works with a young woman who is depressed and anxious and has suicidal tendencies. She has undergone multiples traumas in her life, including rape and several suicides in her immediate family. Dr. Meichenbaum accentuates the client's strengths, skills, and support system. Then he gently confronts the client by helping her to see that, although one of her strengths is her willingness to forgive others, she has not been able to forgive herself for things she has done.
Dr. Meichenbaum is one of the founders of cognitive–behavioral therapy His therapeutic approach combines a constructive-narrative perspective with a life-span social learning perspective The constructive-narrative perspective highlights the impact of "stories" that clients tell themselves and others, and considers ways that clients can learn to develop and employ more adaptive coping skills and construct more resilient narratives.
The demonstrated cognitive–behavioral treatment approach has been employed effectively with a wide range of patients who evidence impulse control (e.g., aggressive behavior and substance abuse); mood disorder patients (e.g., depression); and anxiety disorder patients (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder and social phobias).
The cognitive–behavioral approach has been adapted to a wide array of clients of various severity levels and to different developmental levels, as well as cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and currently research director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment of Victims, in Miami, Florida. The Melissa Institute is designed to bridge the gap between research findings and clinical and educational practices and public policy.
Dr. Meichenbaum is one of the founders of cognitive–behavioral therapy, and his book Cognitive– Behaviour Modification: An Integrative Approach is considered a classic in the field. He has also authored several other books including Stress Inoculation Training; A Clinical Handbook for Assessing and Treating Adults with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; and Treatment of Individuals with Anger-Control Problems and Aggressive Behaviors: A Clinical Handbook. He has coauthored Pain and Behavioral Medicine; Facilitating Treatment Adherence: A Practitioner's Guidebook; and Nurturing Independent Learners; and coedited Stress Reduction and Prevention and The Unconscious Reconsidered. He was one of the founders of the Journal of Cognitive Therapy and Research and served as its associate editor, as well as being on the editorial boards of a dozen other journals.
Dr. Meichenbaum was a recipient of the prestigious Izaak Killiam Fellowship Award administered by Canada Council and appointed honorary president of the Canadian Psychological Association The Killiam Award allowed him to devote his full time to research. Dr. Meichenbaum is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a fellow of both the American and Canadian Psychological Associations.
In a survey reported in the American Psychologist, North American clinicians voted Dr. Meichenbaum "one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the century." During his academic career, a citations analysis indicated that Dr. Meichenbaum was identified as the most cited psychology researcher at Canadian universities. He has presented workshops and lectured worldwide including all of the U.S. states (except Alaska), Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Japan, the Caribbean, and Russia. He has consulted widely for such varied clinical populations as patients in psychiatric hospitals, residential programs, adolescent offenders, individuals with developmental delays and those with traumatic brain injury, military organizations, and industrial and education institutions.
Dr. Meichenbaum's workshops have received the highest accolades as he combines scholarship, critical-mindedness, clinical perspicacity and humor in his presentations.
- Meichenbaum, D. (1994). Clinical handbook for treatment of adults with PTSD. Clearwater, FL: Institute Press.
- Meichenbaum, D. (2001). Clinical handbook for treatment individuals with anger-control problems and aggressive behaviors. Clearwater, FL: Institute Press.
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