In this lecture you will learn about a CBT oriented group therapy to target a set of cognitive skills called Executive Functions. Upon completing this course, learners will be able to understand why we focus on Executive Functions, who can benefit from the group, what our treatment approach is, and the group structure and therapist styles that promote a successful group experience. Didactic material and case examples are provided to illustrate how the group teaches people to be motivated to apply the executive functioning skills they are learning. By following the story of one patient, we illustrate the functional impact of improving executive functioning skills in people with psychiatric disorders.
This activity is intended for mental health professionals from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, social work and occupational therapy who are involved in the clinical care of people with psychiatric disorders.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:
- Design group therapies to target a set of cognitive skills called Executive Functions.
- Discuss why it is important to focus on Executive Functions and who can benefit from this type of intervention.
- Discuss how to structure the group and therapist styles that promote a successful group experience.
- Address motivational problems in people with executive dysfunction.
Professor of Medical Psychology
Alice Medalia, Ph.D.
Alice Saperstein, Ph.D.
Associate in Clinical Psychiatric Social Work (in Psychiatry)
Enid C. Gertmenian-King, L.C.S.W.
Executive Functioning Training
Executive Functioning Training and Motivation
Check your understanding: Phenomenology
Psychoeducation, Orientation to Treatment, Motivation
Check your understanding: Psychoeducation, Orientation to Treatment, Motivation
Addressing Motivational Problems: Increasing Autonomy, Competence and Relatedness
Addressing Motivational Problems: Addressing Expectations, Values and Cost
The Motivometer: Applying for Work as a Programmer
Check your understanding: Addressing Motivational Problems (Expectancy Value Theory)
Style, Structure, Theory
Check your understanding: Style, Structure, Theory