For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court University to Sponsor Cognitive Therapy Workshop

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 23, 2007—Georgian Court University, in conjunction with the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, will present a lecture and interactive learning workshop entitled “Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems,” on Friday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The program will feature keynote speaker Leslie Sokol, Ph.D., distinguished founding fellow and past president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, who will offer her insights on the application of cognitive therapy to various clinical issues.

“This program is important for continuing development for mental health professionals and to students in mental health, counseling, and social work programs,” says Mimi da Silva, Ph.D., director of graduate programs in psychology at Georgian Court University. “It is designed to highlight the major themes in Dr. Judith Beck’s groundbreaking book, Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems: What To Do When the Basics Won't Work.

Dr. da Silva explains that what makes this workshop unique is that it is not simply an explanation of the basic elements of cognitive therapy, but will provide advanced knowledge to practitioners while still being accessible to students and those new to clinical fields.

“The program is for psychologists, counselors, marriage counselors, social workers, psychiatric nurses, or students in any of those fields,” she says, “or individuals who simply have an interest in learning more about cognitive therapy.”

Dr. Sokol, a close associate of Aaron T. Beck, M.D., the world-renowned founder of cognitive behavior therapy, has lectured both nationally and internationally, and is recognized worldwide as an expert in the field. She is the education coordinator and one of the principal instructors with the internationally acclaimed Beck Institute, Philadelphia, and maintains two private practices in Pennsylvania. She is also on the teaching faculty of Suburban Mercy Hospital where she has trained family medicine residents for the past 15 years and also serves as the staff psychologist. Dr. Sokol is the past president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, as well as the chair of its credentials committee, and was a representative to the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy.

The program will be broken into two parts: the morning session will be primarily lecture, and the afternoon session will include hands-on role-playing exercises and individualized training. In addition, there will be a question-and-answer period. Participants can sign-up for either the morning lecture or the full-day program.

The event will be held in the historic Georgian Court Casino on the Lakewood campus, and advanced registration is required. The half-day program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and cost $75 per participant. The full-day program, with buffet lunch, will run until 3:00 p.m. and cost $100. Reduced fees are available for graduate students with proper identification. For information about the program’s content, contact Dr. Mimi da Silva at 732.987.2619. To register for the program, contact the Office of Conference and Special Events at 732.987.2263.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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