Category: Cognitive-Affective Processes


Workshop 12 - Tricking Coyote: Cutting-Edge Strategies for Harnessing Motivation

Saturday, November 18
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Indigo 202, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Motivation | Transdiagnostic | Treatment Integrity / Adherence / Compliance
Presentation Type: Workshop
Level of Familiarity: Basic to Moderate

This workshop focuses on translating advances in and principles from motivational research into clinical interventions; this is not a workshop on Motivational Interviewing. After clarifying values and stating intentions, what are ways to help your patients get to, complete, and maintain behavioral change? Conservation of self-control efforts and relying instead on the priming effects of contexts to guide behavior is a central theme of this workshop. More specifically, we will cover factors (e.g., self-control fatigue, impulsivity, stress) that derail longer-term goal pursuit, and focus on antecedent, concurrent, and consequence-based interventions. Changing contexts to change or prime motivations, adding in concurrent motivators, attending to process motivations, identifying and strengthening autonomous reasons for goal-pursuit, and arranging appropriate consequences (with attention to both gain-based and loss-based strategies) will be discussed from the perspective of introducing multiple motivational interventions across ongoing behavioral chains. Novel strategies for reducing impulsivity, ranging from mindfulness to working memory training, will also be discussed. Research findings and motivational interventions will be presented from a transdiagnostic perspective, so that no matter whether your clients are focusing on weight loss, reducing procrastination/avoidance, completing behavioral assignments, executive coaching, or maintaining healthy behaviors, this workshop will be of value.

Earn 3 continuing education credits

Learning Objectives:

Recommended Reading: Gorlin, E. I., & Teachman, B. A. (in press). Training the “how” and the “why” of restoring adaptive goal-pursuit after a failure. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.
Otto, M. W., Eastman, A., Lo, S., Hearon, B. A., Bickel, W. K., Zvolensky, M., Smits, J. A. J., Doan, S. N. (2016). Anxiety sensitivity and working memory capacity: Risk factors and targets for health behavior promotion. Clinical Psychology Review, 49, 67-78.
Tice, D. M., Batslavsky, E., & Baumeister, R. F. (2001). Emotional distress regulation takes precedence over impulse control. If you feel bad, do it! Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 8, 53-67.

Michael W. Otto

Boston University

Michael W. Otto, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. He has had a major career focus on developing and validating new psychosocial treatments for anxiety, mood, psychotic, and substance use disorders, with a particular focus on treatment refractory populations. This includes a translational research agenda investigating brain-behavior relationships in therapeutic learning. His focus on hard-to-treat conditions and principles underlying behavior-change failures led him to an additional focus on health behavior promotion, including investigations of addictive behaviors, medication adherence, sleep, and exercise. Across these health behaviors, he has been concerned with cognitive, attention, and affective factors that derail adaptive behaviors, and the factors that can rescue these processes. He also investigates exercise as an intervention for affective and addictive disorders, as well as for cognitive enhancement. He has over 400 publications spanning his research interests, and was identified as a “top producer” in the clinical empirical literature, and an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. He is a Past President of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and is currently President of Division 12 of the American Psychological Association.


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Eugenia I. Gorlin

Postdoctoral Fellow
Boston University

Eugenia I. Gorlin is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. Her core interests target the motivational and neurocognitive factors that interactively contribute to emotional disorders and/or impair treatment outcome. Clinically, she applies evidence-based treatment principles to patients with affective and substance use disorders, with the greatest specialization in the treatment of anxiety disorders. She has 11 publications spanning these areas of interests. She is an frequent presenter at national conferences, including ABCT, and has received awards for her research and teaching.


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