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53rd Annual Convention 2019 |
Presidential Address
Increasing the World's Therapeutic Intelligence Through Strategic Alignment of Individuals, Institutions, and Industries

Date: Saturday, November 23, 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Atrium Ballroom B&C, Atrium Level

Presenter: Bruce F. Chorpita, Ph.D., UCLA

Participants earn 1 CE credit.

Category: Dissemination and Implementation Science

Keywords: Evidence-Based Treatment; Implementation

The focus for ABCT this year is purposeful reflection on how we can better achieve the mission of health and wellness through cognitive behavioral science. I will begin by outlining the landscape that must be crossed to achieve that mission, noting where our current resources and strategies encounter seemingly unmanageable complexity. On the other hand, an inventory of our strengths will show that we know more than at any time in human history about how to address mental health challenges and that we have unprecedented technological capabilities to organize and deliver that knowledge to where it is needed. Accordingly, I will articulate a framework of Coordinated Strategic Action as a way to organize people and evidence to make efficient use of these historic capabilities to meet these extraordinary challenges, with working examples and empirical findings from mental health systems and interventions. Finally, in the spirit of our organization's behavioral intellectual rebellion, I will call for us to reflect on the contingencies or "token economies" in which we, our organizations, and our industries operate, to ask what we can do to engineer a society with greater capability of engaging in healthy and therapeutic behavior for ourselves and those around us.

At the end of this session, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the "Three D's" of robust knowledge frameworks deigned for challenging contexts: Diversity, Dynamics, and Development.
  • Provide one or more concrete illustrations of Coordinated Strategic Action as a way of organizing people, knowledge, and technology to reduce human suffering and increase wellness.
  • Articulate the contingencies operating on yourself as an individual, on your institution, and on your industry, to consider how to better align our collective activities with our larger mission.

Recommended Readings:

Chorpita, B. F. (2019). Metaknowledge is power: Models to address unmet mental health needs. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60, 473-476.

Chorpita, B. F., & Daleiden, E. L. (2018). Coordinated strategic action: Aspiring to wisdom in mental health service systems. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 25, 1-14.

Kazdin, A. E. (2019). Annual research review: Expanding mental health services through novel models of intervention delivery. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60, 455-472.

Singla, D.R., Kohrt, B.A., Murray, L.K., Anand, A., Chorpita, B.C., & Patel, V. (2017). Psychological treatments for the world: Lessons from low- and middle-income countries. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 13, 149-181.



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