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CCN Brown Bag Series

Wednesday, September 19, 2018,
  • Location: Wilson Hall • 111 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: 115

Steven Hollon, PhD

Department of Psychology

Vanderbilt University

"Cognitive Therapy and the Treatment and Prevention of Depression"

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has been shown to be as efficacious as and more enduring than antidepressant medications (ADMs). People who are depressed have unduly negative beliefs about their selves, the world, and the future and to process information in a manner that tends to reinforce those negative beliefs. CBT encourages patients to monitor their affect over time and to use their own behaviors to test the accuracy of their beliefs. Disconfirming negative expectations is believed to be the most efficient way to reverse an existing depression and deconstructing core beliefs and underlying assumptions the primary route to subsequent prevention. Case examples will be provided. My primary goal in doing the presentation is to see how current conceptualizations of how people think and especially correct their existing misconceptions that have evolved (slowly) over the last fifty years correspond to 21st century notions as to how people actually think.