Transdiagnostic Understanding and Treatments for Youth: Conquering Negative Thinking and Behavior (Part 1)



Mary Karapetian Alvord, PhD
Kenneth Towbin, MD
December 7, 2017
- 1:00 pm
Co-occurring Disorders

This two-part webinar series focuses on the transdiagnostic understanding and treatments for youth and conquering negative thinking and behavior including the relevance of neural circuitry.

There is a complex inter-relationship between the “primary” anxiety disorders (social anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Separation Anxiety), irritability, and Major Depression.  Negative thinking is a transdiagnostic vulnerability that is represented across all of these mental health disorders. Habitual negative thinking is associated with anxiety and depression symptoms in longitudinal and cross-sectional studies.

The onset of these two internalizing conditions—depression and anxiety—typically occurs in adolescence, which strongly points to a developmental contribution. This makes evidence-based treatment a compelling priority in adolescents. Furthermore, depression or anxiety in adolescence substantially increases the risk for impairment in adulthood.  These conditions may be two sides of the same coin. 

During Part 1 of this pragmatic webinar, the multifaceted relationship between co-occurring disorders is discussed focusing on depression and anxiety.  Various distorted thinking habits are explored using tailored, developmentally appropriate content for adolescents. Through case examples, specific strategies to encourage adolescents to recognize maladaptive thinking and ways to change their thoughts and behavior habits are covered. Specific strategies are demonstrated that include cognitive restructuring and multiple challenge questions, behavioral activation and mindfulness.

This webinar is not eligible for CE credit. 

Presenter(s) Biography

Mary Karapetian Alvord, PhD

mary alvord

Mary K. Alvord, PhD, is a psychologist with more than 35 years of clinical experience and is director of Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC in Maryland. She is the past president (2013) of APA Division 46, Society of Media Psychology and Technology and has been active in promoting telehealth in her group practice since 2005.  She is co-author of Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens, Resilience-Builder Program, and digital recordings on relaxation and wellness.

Kenneth Towbin, MD


Dr. Kenneth E. Towbin, M.D., is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the George Washington University School of Medicine and is the Chief of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Emotion and Development Branch in the Intramural Research Program at NIMH. Dr. Towbin has been with NIMH for 17 years. Dr. Towbin has extensive and diverse experience in child and adolescent psychiatry. ‪ He has authored on the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of psychiatric disorders of children and his work at NIMH now focuses on pediatric mood and anxiety disorders.  He is a past member of the Editorial Board Member of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has also worked in an advisory capacity to the US Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Towbin is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, in both General Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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