Category: Treatment - Mindfulness


Institute 6 - Emotion Regulation Therapy

Thursday, November 16
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Aqua Salon D, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Mindfulness | GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) | Depression
Presentation Type: Institutes
Level of Familiarity: Basic to Moderate

Despite extensive efficacy findings, a sizable subgroup of individuals remains refractory to CBT. In particular, patients with "distress disorders" (generalized anxiety disorder and/or major depressive disorder) evidence suboptimal treatment response coupled with reduced life functioning and satisfaction. These patients are often characterized by intense emotional experiences resulting in an inordinately cautious manner that favors protection over reward as well as perseverative cognition (i.e., worry, rumination) that disrupts new contextual learning. Using this hypothesized profile as a framework, Emotion Regulation Therapy (ERT) was developed as a theoretically derived, evidence-based, treatment-integrating principles from traditional and contemporary CBT with basic and translational findings from affect science to offer a blueprint for improving intervention by focusing on the motivational responses and corresponding regulatory characteristics of individuals with distress disorders. Open- and randomized controlled trials demonstrate considerable evidence for the efficacy of ERT. Recent peer-reviewed studies also are beginning to elucidate the neurobehavioral peripheral psychophysiological markers for the proposed underlying mechanisms. In this workshop, attendees will learn to help clients to (a) expand their understanding of anxiety and depression using a motivational and emotion regulation perspective; (b) cultivate mindful awareness and acceptance of sensations, bodily, responses, and conflicting emotions; (c) develop emotion regulation skills that promote a distanced and reframed meta-cognitive perspective; (d) apply these skills during emotion-based exposure to meaningful behavioral actions and associated internal conflicts to taking these actions; and (e) build a plan to maintain gains and take bolder action despite the ending of the therapeutic relationship.

Earn 5 continuing education credits

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Recommended Reading: Mennin, D.S., Fresco, D.M., Heimberg, R.G., & O’Toole, M. (under review). A randomized controlled trial of Emotion Regulation Therapy for generalized anxiety and co-occurring depression.
Mennin, D. S., Fresco, D. M., Heimberg, R. G., & Ritter, M. (2015). An open trial of Emotion Regulation Therapy for generalized anxiety disorder and co-occurring depression. Depression & Anxiety, 32, 614-623.
Fresco, D. M., Mennin, D. S., Heimberg, R. G., & Ritter, M. R. (2013). Emotion Regulation Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 20, 282-300. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2013.02.00
Renna, M. E., Quintero, J. M., Mennin, D. S., & Fresco, D.M. (in press) Emotion Regulation Therapy: A mechanism-targeted treatment for disorders of distress. Frontiers of Psychology (Research Topic: Emotion Science, Advances in Emotion Regulation: From neuroscience to psychotherapy).
Fresco, D. M., Roy, A. K., Adelsberg, S., Seeley, S., García-Lesy, E., Liston, C., Mennin, D. S. (in press). Distinct functional connectivities predict clinical response with Emotion Regulation Therapy, Frontiers of Human Neuroscience (Research Topic: Can’t Get You Out of My Head: Brain-Body Interactions in Perseverative Cognition)

Douglas S. Mennin

Hunter College, City University of New York


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David Fresco

Kent State University


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