Health conference set April 17
Vol. 17, No. 26April 2, 1998

Health conference set April 17

Innovative Healthcare for the 21st Century: An Introduction to Short-Term Cognitive Therapy" is the topic of a conference being held from 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Friday, April 17, in the Trabant University Center Theatre.

The event for health care practioners and students is sponsored by the College of Health and Nursing Sciences, in association with the Department of Psychology, and the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in suburban Philadelphia.

Developed by Aaron T. Beck at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1960s, cognitive therapy is structured, short-term, present-oriented psychotherapy directed toward current problems and modifying dysfunctional thinking and behavior.

The presenters are Christine Johnston, nursing, and Judith S. Beck, director of the Beck Institute.

A UD faculty member, clinical psychologist, experienced cognitive therapist and registered nurse, Johnston has published extensively in the field and consulted with managed care organizations about the efficacy of cognitive therapy in the primary care setting.

The clinical coordinator at the Beck Institute, she has presented a number of programs on cognitive therapy in Brazil, Great Britain and Canada.

Beck, who is the director of the Beck Institute, is a professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

She has presented numerous workshops nationally and internationally and is coauthor of Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders and a textbook, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond.

The program will include "Introduction to the Cognitive Model," "Planning Therapy Demonstration/Roleplay," "Modifying Dysfunctional Thinking" and "Cognitive and Behavioral Techniques."

The cost of the conference is $75 for practitioners and educators and $20 for students with ID.

For additional information or a registration form, call Margie Cox at 831-4549.