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August 2019 East District Meeting
Thursday, August 15, 2019, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EST
Category: District Meeting

Topic: Cognitive Behavioral Treatment


South College
400 Goodys Ln, Knoxville, TN 37922
Room to be determined

Presenter: Dr. Laura Stockdale is a licensed Counseling Psychologist with Behavioral Medicine Institute, providing on-site consultation for Pain Consultants of East Tennessee. In addition to her PhD in Counseling Psychology, she holds both BSN and MSN degrees from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing in Memphis, TN. Her doctoral research, which she completed in 1989, was the first of its kind measuring the effects of relaxation training in internal defibrillator patients. Nationally, she was one of the first Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialists to provide crisis intervention, counseling, and grief work in an ICU setting. Her development of this role was featured in an American Journal of Nursing documentary in 1986. She is a former member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Additionally, she is published in multiple nursing journals, including Heart and Lung. Because of her unique clinical experiences, she has been a featured speaker at the local, regional, and national level.


  1. To gain a basic understanding of “what” the terms cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) means – esp. what the phrase “cognitive distortions” means.
  2. To gain a basic understanding of how CBT can be used in a clinical setting.
  3. When not to use it/when to use CBT.
  4. Is CBT the great hope for treatment or disappointment to clinicians and patients?
  5. Overcoming resistance to CBT

                                                              i.      Spiritual issues?


                                                             ii.      Relationship/values issues?


                                                           iii.      Is challenging their resistance worth it?


                                                           iv.      “You’re just playing mind games.”



Non-members can register for this meeting here. Meetings are free for members and $15 for non-members. 


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