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Addressing cognitions and emotions in people who stutter using Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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Addressing cognitions and emotions in people who stutter using Cognitive
Behavior Therapy.

 

Description:  The workshop is aimed at speech, language therapists working with people who stutter. Many people who stutter experience anxiety as a result of negative thoughts and expectations about different speaking situations and listener reactions. This can result in social avoidance and can impact the quality of life, as has been documented in older children, adolescents and adults. Speech, language therapists often feel insufficiently trained to address these thoughts and feelings and consequently feel more secure in limiting their clinical interventions to working with speech behaviors.

Cognitive (Behavior) Therapy was developed in the 60s by Aaron Beck and has been further developed by his daughter Judith Beck. Cognitive Therapy focuses on the role of thoughts, assumptions, and core beliefs to explain why people feel anxious, are afraid of or avoid certain situations. It provides clients the tools to gain insights in their cognitions and feelings in order to achieve a change in their behaviors. Cognitive Therapy techniques are widely used in clinical psychology but also by fluency specialists in the treatment of people who stutter a) as a means to explore the link between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and b) to evaluate and modify beliefs and cognitions.

During this workshop, we will focus on using these techniques with school-age children, and adolescents/adults. Participants are encouraged to bring in examples of their own cases.

 

Lecturer:         Dr. K. Eggers

 Kurt Eggers holds a BA in Medicine, MA in SLP, and PhD. in Biomedical Sciences and Developmental Psychology. He is a researcher/docent at the SLP dept. of Thomas More U College (Belgium), associate professor at the Psychology & SLP dept. at Turku University (Finland) and visiting lecturer at the U of Oulu (Finland). He is coordinator of the European Clinical Specialization in Fluency Disorders (www.ecsf.eu), President Elect of the International Fluency Association (www.theifa.org), and IALP fluency committee member. Kurt has worked clinically for many years, has lectured/published internationally and his research focuses on the role of temperament, attention, and executive functioning in stuttering anspeech disfluencies in different populations.

 

Detailed planning

Part 1:   

Development of cognitions and emotions in persons who stutter (PWS).

Rationale for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in PWS.

Basic principles of CBT.

Evaluating and assessing cognitions and emotions in PWS.

Planning of treatment sessions.

Identifying automatic thoughts in PWS.

Identifying emotions in PWS.

Evaluating and responding to automatic thoughts in PWS.

Identifying and modifying intermediate and core beliefs in PWS.

Setting up activities and homework exercises for PWS.

The workshop will include several case studies and video examples of the different steps and techniques to optimize the learning possibilities. Role play will be used to ensure participants will gain the necessary skills to use these techniques in their clinical work.

Part 2:       

During this day, participants will bring their own case studies and document how they have been using the learned techniques. A coaching, problem-solving methodology will be used to further optimize participant’s CBT skills. 

 

Certificate:     at the end of the workshop participants will receive a ‘Certificate of successful
completion of the workshop’ signed by Dilgem & the lecturer, stating the CPD hours

 

 

 

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