From Mechanism to Action: Embracing the Scientist-Practitioner Model to Integrate Psychotherapy Research, Training, and Practice, 1.5 CE

Presented by Christal Badour, Ph.D., Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD, Thomas G. Adams, Ph.D. 

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Workshop Description: 

The scientist-practitioner model promotes the equal emphasis of research skills and clinical abilities in education and practice, yet the demands of our profession make this balance difficult to achieve. We will discuss a new model adopted by the University of Kentucky Clinic for Emotional Health (CEH) to train the next generation of providers to provide evidence-based psychotherapy as part of clinical research trials aimed at improving and personalizing evidence-based psychotherapy. We will discuss trials evaluating several well-established evidence-based treatments including the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for posttraumatic stress disorder, and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for obsessive-compulsive disorder 

Workshop Objectives: 

Based on the content of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the scientist-practitioner model and demonstrate an approach toward implementation of this model
  • Demonstrate the importance of psychotherapy mechanisms and process research for advancing the personalization of care. 
  • Describe ongoing therapy trials and methods for training and providing ongoing supervision to therapists. 

Skill Level: 

Intermediate

About the Presenters: 

Christal Badour, Ph.D.:

Dr. Badour is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Kentucky and co-founded the University of Kentucky Center for Emotional Health (CEH) with the mission of improving the lives of people who have been impacted by highly stressful or traumatic events as well as those facing various mental health difficulties. Dr. Badour is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience providing evidence-based cognitive-behavioral interventions to members of the community. She specializes in assessment and treatment approaches shown to help people recover from traumatic events including experiences of violent crime, child abuse or neglect, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, combat/war, accidents, natural/manmade disasters or loss of a loved one due to homicide or suicide. Dr. Badour's research focuses on understanding the development and maintenance of psychopathology following traumatic experiences. Much of this work involves examining the role of affective expression and regulation in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with a particular emphasis on moral emotions such as disgust, shame, and guilt. Dr. Badour is also interested in identifying unique and shared processes underlying symptoms of PTSD and commonly comorbid concerns including substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), sexual risk behavior, and sexual dysfunction. Her work is increasingly focused on identifying specific mediators and moderators of treatment change in order to enhance existing interventions and to guide the development of new targeted interventions aimed at improving outcomes for patients with trauma-related psychopathology. Dr. Badour has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles and her research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 

Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Ph.D.:

Dr. Sauer-Zavala co-founded the Clinic for Emotional Health (CEH) with the mission to improve the lives of people with mental health difficulties by expanding access to evidence-based treatment, training future treatment providers, and conducting cutting-edge clinical research. Dr. Sauer-Zavala is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience providing cognitive-behavioral interventions. She is also the co-developer of the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders, a well-known and effective cognitive-behavioral intervention for anxiety, depression, and related disorders. To ensure that more patients have access to high-quality care, Dr. Sauer-Zavala founded the Unified Protocol Institute, an initiative dedicated to training clinicians to provide evidence-based treatment; in this role, she is invited to provide training workshops all over the world. In addition to her role at CEH, Dr. Sauer-Zavala is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky (UK). Dr. SauerZavala received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UK in 2011; she completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University. She then spent seven years on the faculty in BU’s Department of Psychological and Brain Science before returning home to UK in 2019. Her research is focused on exploring emotion-focused mechanisms that maintain psychological symptoms (particularly high-risk symptoms such as suicidal thoughts and behaviors) and using this information to develop more targeted, easily-disseminated intervention strategies. Her research has been supported by NIMH, NIAAA, Templeton Foundation, the Center for Implementation and Improvement Sciences, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Dr. SauerZavala has co-authored over 75 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters, and three books.

Thomas G. Adams, Ph.D.:

Dr. Adams is a Co-Founder and Director of Research at the University of Kentucky Clinic for Emotional Health (CEH). He is also the Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience & Behavior Therapy Lab (CnBT). He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. He is additionally an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and an Investigator with the Clinical Neuroscience Division of the VA National Center for PTSD. Dr. Adams received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2006 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas in 2014 following completion of a pre-doctoral internship within the traumatic stress track at the Charleston Consortium at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. He completed an NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, where he trained for three years in the Yale OCD Research Clinic and the Clinical Neuroscience Division of the VA National Center for PTSD before becoming a member of the research faculty. Dr. Adams joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky in 2019. Dr. Adams specializes is the research and treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and trauma and stressor-related disorders. His research is focused on improving the understanding of cognitive and emotional factors that cause these disorders and on the development of novel treatments that integrate brain-based technologies with established behavioral interventions. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Veterans Administration, the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation, and by the University of Kentucky. Dr. Adams, along with his students and colleagues, have published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, case reports, and book chapters; he has also presented dozens of research papers and symposia at national conferences. In addition to his research, Dr. Adams is also a licensed clinical psychologist with nearly 15 years of experience delivering cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety and related disorders. He has experience treating adolescent and adult patients from a diversity of backgrounds and with a wide range of problems related to anxiety, obsessions, tics, habits, and trauma.

Workshop Pricing: 

Member registration: $50.00
Non-member registration:$75.00
Student registration:$15.00

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