Category: Adult Anxiety

Master Clinician Seminar

Master Clinician Seminar 8 - Cognitive Therapy for Decision Making: Overcoming Problems in How People Make Faulty Decisions

Saturday, November 18
11:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Location: Cobalt 500, Level 5, Cobalt Level

Keywords: Anxiety | Cognitive Processes | Cognitive Schemas / Beliefs
Presentation Type: Master Clinician Seminar
Level of Familiarity: Basic to Moderate

Most areas of psychopathology involve problems in decision making, including avoidance, passivity, impulsiveness, procrastination, excessive reassurance seeking, and substance abuse. Although cognitive and social psychology have elaborated problematic processes in decision making, very little of this has been applied to CBT. Effective therapy often involves helping clients evaluate their decisions and pursue alternatives that they otherwise might avoid. It is suggested that going beyond simple cost-benefit analysis will be helpful to clinicians and clients. In this Master Clinician presentation we will review the following problems in decision making: loss aversion (framing decisions as losses only), arbitrary false dichotomies ("It's either A or B"), the endowment effect (placing greater value on the status quo), risk assessment (miscalculating probabilities and magnitudes of outcomes), myopic (short-term) focus, intolerance of uncertainty (demanding certainty and equating uncertainty with bad outcomes), faulty heuristics (e.g., basing decisions on emotions, salience, recency, or accessibility), and making decisions focused primarily on avoiding regret. A wide range of techniques will be reviewed, including clarification of priorities, enhancing future self perspective, examining opportunity costs, framing choice as risk vs. risk, developing pre-commitment strategies, reversing sunk-cost effects, and reducing the impact of regret and post-decision rumination. Participants are invited to consider decisions in their own lives in light of the material in this presentation.


Earn 2 continuing education credits

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Recommended Reading: Leahy, R.L. (2017). Cognitive therapy techniques (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford.
Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking fast and slow. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Ariely, D (2009). Predictably irrational: The hidden forces that shape our decisions. New York: Harper.

Robert L. Leahy

DIRECTOR
AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR COGNITIVE THERAPY

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