Humanist Monthly Program:Introduction­ to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Licensed Independent Social Worker, Rita Messer, will join us to discuss Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the foremost treatment for mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, with decades of research backing its effectiveness. It is based on the idea that inaccurate or exaggerated beliefs and create negative emotions and that we can test and challenge those assumptions for greater well-being. CBT teaches individuals how to use skills on their own, making it a short-term and highly effective therapy in the long run.

Join us at 12:30 for pizza in the meeting room!

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  • Derrick

    The book Philosophy for Life traces CBT back to its roots in philosophy and offers thoughtful resources for people aiming to live wisely by human effort and intelligence. http://philosophyforlife.org/­

    July 14, 2013

  • Agnes

    Thanks, Rita, for such an informative presentation! Coincidentally, I just came across this article that discusses research on effects of faith on how people respond to CBT. How Faith Can Affect Therapy
    well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/­how-faith-can-affect-therapy

    July 13, 2013

    • John

      Yeah thanks Rita ! I'll take a look at that article...

      July 13, 2013

    • John

      Ok, took a look, here's what I thought:
      In addition to religious people's possible higher willingness to believe in therapies and reap the placebo effect more often, another possible cause could be that religious people in the US in general are more willing to be introspective in the way that CBT requires than the "average" non-believer? I'd make a guess that many more introspective atheists join groups like the Humanist group than the average atheist.
      Average US religious person - more introspective (I suspect this because much of protestant Christianity involves talking about emotion, temptation, being hospitable to guests of the church)

      Average atheist - not very introspective

      Average atheist that joins a group - more introspective

      I suspect this because Humanism is about making ourselves and society better... perhaps people interested in that would also be more introspective?

      1 · July 13, 2013

  • Diana H.

    Not feeling well, sorry may not make it :(

    July 13, 2013

  • Jamie N.

    Ssacon camera stuff

    July 9, 2013

  • Robert H.

    Yeah, can't wait!

    July 5, 2013

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