Upcoming Courses

26th Annual Summer Seminars: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Remediation: Contemporary Approaches to Mental Health Care

Robert Goisman, MD, Matcheri S. Keshavan, MD

August 3, 2015 – August 7, 2015 | Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA | Harbor View Hotel More Information

The influence of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is widening as the importance of cost-effective, empirically validated, shorter-term treatment increases. From its beginnings as a treatment for specific phobias, CBT is now indicated as primary or adjunctive treatment for a wide range of mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Simultaneously, cognitive impairments are increasingly being viewed as core disturbances in several neuropsychiatric disorders. Few effective pharmacological treatments are available for amelioration of cognitive deficits, but there is an emerging body of literature supporting the use of psychosocial approaches to cognitive remediation.

Topics to be covered in this course will include a brief review of the development of behavioral and cognitive treatments; anxiety disorders, including panic, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder; mood disorders; principles underlying the development of cognitive remediation for schizophrenia, mood disorders, ADHD, mild cognitive impairments, and autism; social skills training and cognitive restructuring for psychotic disorders; and the relationship of CBT to psychodynamic psychotherapy. We will review efficacy data and therapeutic mechanisms for cognitive remediation approaches and discuss cognitive therapy approaches for bipolar disorder and for the treatment of delusions, hallucinations, and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. We will in part utilize a case presentation format, in which a case illustrating the subject matter of that morning will be presented and then discussed using the principles just developed. Live role-playing exercises will also be used in order to illustrate the application of social skills training principles and methods for induction of the relaxation response. Participants will be invited to present their own cases for consultation.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Utilize specific techniques for anxiety reduction in patients with anxiety disorders;
  • Evaluate specific CBT interventions used in panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and PTSD;
  • Apply cognitive and behavioral therapy methods in the treatment of patients with unipolar depression and with bipolar disorder;
  • Review the principles underlying cognitive remediation approaches, with a focus on neuroplasticity, as they apply to the serious and persistently mentally ill;
  • Review approaches to cognitive remediation as they apply to the serious and persistently mentally ill, and what we know about the efficacy of these interventions;
  • Review social skills training and cognitive restructuring as they apply to the serious and persistently mentally ill;
  • Determine areas of convergence as well as divergence in the relationship between CBT and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Additional Information


Registration: 8:30 am

Seminar Format: Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 15


PHYSICIANS: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF CANADA recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the EUROPEAN CONTINUOUS MEDICAL EDUCATION CREDITS(ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©), therefore up to 15 ECMEC© Credits are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

COUNSELORS: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School continuing education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The Week-Long Summer Seminars for a maximum of 15 clock hours and the Weekend Summer Seminars for a maximum of 10 clock hours. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

SOCIAL WORKERS: For information on the status of the application to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, please call 617-754-1265 or email: sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu.

NURSES: The following program meets the specifications for the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR)

Robert M. Goisman, MD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the former Director of Medical Student Education at Massachusetts Mental Health Center. His research interests have included behavioral therapy, anxiety disorders, and psychosocial rehabilitation in chronic mental illness. Dr. Goisman is a past recipient of the Elvin V. Semrad Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He is a past recipient of the “Outstanding Psychiatrist Award” from the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society for Public Sector Service. He is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In 2011 he received the Special Faculty Prize for Sustained Excellence in Teaching from Harvard Medical School.

Matcheri S. Keshavan, MD is Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Vice Chair, Public Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.