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18 Mar

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in a Globalized World

Taking care of our mental health is essential, no matter where we are in the world. In the more Western parts of the world, psychological interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), are  effective in treating a wide range of common mental health problems (e.g., depression, anxiety,  post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.). However, the effectiveness of CBT as applied in other areas of the  world is much less discussed. Fortunately, there is some evidence from high–quality studies (e.g.,  systematic reviews, clinical trials) suggesting that CBT is linked to favourable mental health outcomes compared to other treatments in diverse contexts.    Cultural adaptations in CBT     What is culturally adapting a treatment? It can be defined as modifying an evidence-based treatment to  consider the patient‘s cultural context. Interestingly, CBT can be adapted to different cultural contexts.  Several systematic reviews suggest that CBT’s effect on mental disorders is actually stronger when the  treatment is adapted to local cultural contexts. Further, cultural adaptions for treatment can take many  forms relevant to the local culture. For instance, questionnaires have been translated to local languages  and then tested to ensure fidelity to the original scale; more time can be taken to explain the techniques,  processes, and aims of CBT. Additionally, culturally appropriate stories and metaphors have been integrated  into the delivery of the CBT. In order to continue adapting CBT to more cultural contexts, it is of  primordial importance to develop a better understanding of how mental disorders are experienced and  expressed in various ways by the patient.     CBT delivery in low-and middle-income countries    Although CBT can be flexible to context, there are obstacles to CBT intervention delivery in low- and  middle-income countries (LMIC) where resource deprivation (such as fewer mental health professionals  available to deliver treatment) is disproportional. This is problematic given that unique sociocultural  factors in LMICs contribute to the increasing prevalence of mental health problems. Fortunately, it has  been found that local nurses, volunteers, university students, social workers, and students can be trained 

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10 Oct

World mental health day blog

Challenges and Silver Linings  It is 2021-And the world’s mental health has changed. It is important to reflect on how the last 2 years have reshaped, the field of mental health. None of us have seen a pandemic affecting all nations and people. The many deaths, disruptions and incessant political battle lines have never been starker. But

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12 May

Mothers Mental Health Matters

In most societies’, mothers are the centre of the circle of life. One of the best ways to practice prevention of mental health problems is to improve mothers’ mental health. Anxiety and depression are more common in women compared to men but women live longer than men. During pregnancy and after child delivery, about 13%

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10 Oct

World Mental Health Special: How can we work our interventions better

The World Mental Health on October 10 is a recognition of the global importance of mental health. What is the relevance for Canada? First: The slogan ‘1 in 5’ is not enough We need to move beyond this oversimplification. Imagine saying to people with heart problems that they have a ‘physical health problem’ in common

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Unified CBT for Social Anxiety
17/10/2019 | 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Get an insightful understanding of experiential cognitive and exposure-based exposure treatment of social anxiety. Enhance your confidence in providing therapy by following a step by step specific protocol rather than all too common generic ‘thought mood’ stereotypes of CBT formulation. 


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Unified Experiential CBT for Generalised Anxiety Disorder
03/10/2019 | 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Get an insightful understanding of experiential cognitive and exposure-based exposure treatment of social anxiety. Enhance your confidence in providing therapy by following a step by step specific protocol rather than all too common generic ‘thought mood’ stereotypes of CBT formulation. 


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Behavioural Activation Treatment For Depression
10/10/2019 | All Day EDT

The course covers the theory and model for diagnosing and treating depression. Approach BAT through the functional analysis of avoidance and loss of rewards in depression. By understanding the skilled use of the activity diary, you will learn to identify ‘stuck’ points and effective treatment strategies to get clients unstuck. 


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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Unified CBT Approach
23/11/2019 - 24/11/2019 | 9:00 am EDT

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Unified Experiential CBT for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
07/11/2019 | 12:00 pm EDT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a first line evidence-based treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 


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Rumination Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
14/11/2019 | 9:00 am EDT

Rumination is a common phenomenon across a range of conditions like posttraumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder. It can be a challenge for therapists as it is associated with poor clinical outcomes. Rumination may go undetected and derail therapy.


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STAR Centre’s Structured Psychotherapies Conference
15/11/2019 | 8:00 am EDT

This 1-day event is packed with learning opportunities for practicing clinicians with a diverse array of topics on structured psychotherapies delivered by recognized experts. The conference consists of state of the art presentations and workshops, focused on key skills for practice.


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Unified Experiential CBT Skin Picking & Hair pulling
21/11/2019 | 12:00 pm EDT

Trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder) and Excoriation Disorders (Skin Picking Disorder) are included in the obsessive-compulsive related disorder section of the DSM-5 and are present in about 1-2% of the population. They are more common in females, often co-morbid with other conditions.


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Unified Experiential CBT for ADHD
28/11/2019 | 12:00 pm EDT

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a common presentation in adult mental health. It is often co-morbid mood and anxiety disorders. Adult ADHD (AADHD) is frequently missed in presentations. There is also the danger of overdiagnosis in presence of other conditions which disrupt attention and concentration. 


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