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Management of Treatment-Interfering Behavior
Despite the availability of evidence-based treatments, some individuals with a psychiatric disorder do not adequately participate in treatment, and others refuse therapy altogether. This workshop will describe two therapeutic approaches developed at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute’s Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders designed to address treatment resistance and refusal problems. Dr. Alec Pollard will describe an approach called Treatment Readiness Therapy (TRT) developed to help patients modify treatment-interfering behavior. Based mainly on cognitive-behavioral principles, TRT is designed for patients willing to see a therapist but who have struggled to engage in therapy successfully. The workshop will include lectures, slides, demonstrations, and case examples.

1. Participants will be able to identify treatment-interfering behaviors commonly associated with mental health disorders.
2. Participants will be able to use strategies designed to encourage patients to acknowledge and openly discuss their treatment-interfering behaviors.
3. Participants will be able to use cognitive and behavioral models to determine the factors generating their patients’ treatment-interfering behavior.
4. Participants will be able to develop and administer interventions to modify treatment-interfering behavior.

Dr. Pollard is Founding Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders and Professor Emeritus at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He is a licensed psychologist who works with a range of obsessive-compulsive and anxiety-related disorders, particularly interested in patients ambivalent about or resistant to treatment. Dr. Pollard is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization’s national training initiative, the Behavior Therapy Training Institute.

Oct 22, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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