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Helping the Families of Treatment Refusers
This workshop addresses the problem of patients who are unwilling to see a therapist. The presenter will describe an intervention called Family Well-Being Consultation (FWBC), which teaches families how to deal more effectively with a treatment refuser. Instead of focusing solely on the treatment-refuser, FWBC seeks to improve the well-being of the entire family. After the emotional health of participating family members has sufficiently improved, FWBC then teaches strategies to influence recovery-seeking behavior in the treatment-refuser. The workshop will include lectures, slides, demonstrations, and case examples.

1. Participants will be able to define the concept of recovery avoidance.
2. Participants will be able to describe two types of family behavior that reinforce recovery avoidance.
3. Participants will be able to articulate the conceptual model and assumptions of one approach to dealing with recovery avoidance, Family Well-Being Consultation.
4. Participants will be able to administer the 4 steps of Family Well-Being Consultation.

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.

Nov 5, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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