ADAA member Erika Vivyan, PhD will host this live professional webinar on August 27, 2020. Participants will discuss and apply behavioral principles from Parent Management Training (PMT) and Parent-Child Interaction Training (PCIT) to Exposure and Response Prevention. Then, participants will discuss a case example involving behavioral treatment for Selective Mutism, Separation Anxiety Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
ADAA board member Ken Goodman, LCSW updates his 2018 blog post on health anxiety:  "...Each scan of the body produces uncertainty and doubt, giving the imagination opportunity to create stories. As you imagine the worst, your body’s alarm system sounds off in the form of symptoms of anxiety (racing heart, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, jitters, tingling, lightheadedness, nausea, stomach discomfort, sweating, headaches, etc.) giving your imagination additional fuel to create great works of fiction.The symptoms are real. The thoughts are false..."
COVID-19 has brought many restrictions, and one of them has been to stay at home and self-quarantine. When being reframed at home, stress and anxiety worsens especially with BDD. The stress of not being able to work and the anxiety of not knowing what might happen in the future increases significantly. When self-isolated, as a BDD individual,one might have  trouble controlling other comorbid disorders such as eating disorders, OCD, and depression...ADAA member Eda Gorbis, PhD,LMFT
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This moment of collective grief and trauma could be a catalyst for mental health issues like PTSD, explains Sheila Rauch, PhD, psychiatry professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. “There are people who are losing loved ones in very traumatic ways,” she says, as well as healthcare workers spending every day in hospitals that resemble war zones... ADAA board member Sheila Rauch, PhD
...Currently, the black community is experiencing mental strife due to our high corona death rates and police brutality. I feel it’s crucial to use my voice, my story, and my pen to educate and make the change I and many others have longed for... Amaranthia Sepia shares her personal story with PTSD and anxiety disorders and how her art sheds light on how she and others are struggling.
ADAA member Angela Neal-Barnett, PhD authors this HBR.org article.  "...First, it’s important to understand that when Black Americans watched the video of George Floyd being killed by a white police officer, we saw ourselves. In those eight minutes and 46 seconds, we were horrified, enraged, and anguished as a man who could have been our spouse, our brother, our son, our nephew, our cousin, or us was killed. Collectively, Black Americans were traumatized. Trauma is the experience of severe psychological distress following any terrible or life-threatening incident. The unrelenting series of events Black Americans have witnessed before and after the killing of George Floyd is racial trauma. At its core, racial trauma is racism...
Shiri Sadeh-Sharvit, PhD hosts this webinar focused on how to best use remote therapy during the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the landscape of digital therapy, making telehealth a staple in the therapist toolkit. But how do therapists, who were trained primarily in assessing and treating the clients face-to-face, adapt their methods, tools, and skills to this new reality, and how does it affect the therapeutic relationship? This presentation will provide a framework for harnessing the power of technology into data-informed clinical care, while improving the treatment relationship. The presentation will review strategies to determine when and how technology could benefit clients, and how to curate and implement the most appropriate digital tools.
Rebecca Feinberg shares another poem with the ADAA community... “I’m fine; leave me alone” he says as I find myself, yet again, prodding, nagging, trying to help The words hit me So familiar Not just in our own dance of push and pull But also in that of another anxiety-ridden parent-child relationship, this one where I am the child Was it only last week that I found my 44 year-old self saying these same words to my own mother