Here at CCI we are continually looking at innovations in the field of psychology and ways we might be able to improve our practice, collaborate with other professionals, or contribute to advances in psychological interventions.
In early April 2019, the team at CCI were fortunate to meet with Professor Bethany Teachman from the University of Virginia to discuss her work in the area of cognitive bias modification and learn more about the MindTrails Project. Professor Teachman works at the University of Virginia Program for Anxiety, Cognition and Treatment (PACT) lab, where she studies cognitive processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of psychopathology, particularly anxiety disorders. The lab has a particular focus on automatic cognitive processing, and trying to understand how thoughts that occur outside of our awareness or conscious control contribute to emotional dysregulation. Professor Teachman invited CCI staff to provide feedback around how cognitive biasing modification may be integrated into clinical practice in the future, while providing preliminary information about this area of research.
Last October we were also lucky to have a visit from Professor Glenn Waller of the University of Sheffield to provide training to our treatment team on CBT-T, a new 10-session treatment for Bulimia Nervosa, with promising emerging evidence. Professor Waller specialises in understanding cognitive content and processes that underlie and maintain eating disorders, as well as cognitive-behavioural approaches to the treatment of eating disorders. He also has an interest in the translation of evidence-based approach into real-life clinical settings, and the clinician variables that enhance or impede that process.
The team at CCI are always grateful for the opportunity to learn from such passionate individuals working in this field, as well as being able to contribute to both research and clinical endeavours through ongoing collaboration.
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