Friday, May 23, 2014 - 13:00

Assumption’s Annual Beck Institute Workshop to Feature Internationally Recognized Psychiatrist Dr. Jesse Wright

Renowned psychiatrist Dr. Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D., will lead a workshop May 30 at Assumption College that will present certified mental health counselors and social workers with applications, indications, methods and practice of brief cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions for patients who may benefit from a shortened format. The workshop, “High-yield Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Brief Sessions,” is sponsored by the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies at Assumption College.

Wright is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Louisville and serves as vice chairman for academic affairs and director of the University’s Depression Center. He is the principal author of eight books on cognitive-behavior therapy and the first multimedia computer program for treatment of depression. His newest book, Breaking Free from Depression: Pathways to Wellness, was written with his daughter, Laura McCray, M.D. As founding president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Dr. Wright has played a major role in developing internationally accepted standards for the practice of this treatment approach.

Established in 1996 at Assumption College, the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies is named after one of the founders of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Beck's pioneering work on depression altered the way the disorder is understood and treated. He is University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1995, Assumption College awarded him an honorary degree for his contributions to the development of cognitive therapy.

The Institute hosts internationally recognized psychologists and psychiatrists during its annual clinical workshop series on cognitive therapy. The goal of Institute workshops is to provide mental health professionals, Assumption College students, and the community with expert information about cognitive therapy and its efficacy in resolving problems in daily living. Intensive instruction is provided in clinical topics that enhance the professional skills of mental health counselors and social workers. Three Continuing Education Units are (CEUs) are offered for professionals attending each event.

Click here, or call 508-767-7390 for more information. The May 30 workshop will run from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in Kennedy Memorial Hall's Alden Trust Auditorium, Room 112, at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews