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Addressing Issues of Violence and Aggression in Individuals and Communities: Development, Prediction, and Intervention

Donald Meichenbaum, PhD

August 12-16, 2024

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT | 30-Minute Break Daily

15-Hour Course |  Delivery Format: In-Person or Live-Online

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Course Description

Highly publicized and seemingly increasing instances of violence, including mass shootings, police brutality, domestic violence, and international conflict, have raised awareness amongst the general public regarding aggression and its aftermath. Despite a sensitized public with urgency regarding growing mental health needs, a gap remains in practice and policy surrounding how clinicians, communities, and systems can effectively intervene, even in instances when risk has been clearly identified.


Join Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention, to explore the detection of ‘violence potential’ of mass shooters, intimate partners, youth, adults, and police, how aggressive behaviors develop, and the implications for both preventative and treatment approaches. Dr. Meichenbaum will discuss how anger affects brain functioning and decision-making processes and evidence-based cognitive and behavioral strategies and tools to address emotional reactions that lead to harmful acts of aggression and violence in children, adolescents, and adults. Conducting individual, group, and community interventions will be considered, as well as interventions proven to work and approaches that do not.


Moreover, the workshop will consider violence toward oneself in the assessment and treatment of suicidal patients. Evidence-based interventions for perpetrators and victims of violence will be considered, as well as the psychobiological impacts of trauma in the etiology of anger and violent behavior.

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Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Donald Meichenbaum has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. He receives a speaking honorarium from MAK Continuing Education, LLC, Cape Cod Institute.

Non-financial: Donald Meichenbaum has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He is presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami. He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and in a survey of clinicians, he was voted "one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century." He has presented in all 50 U.S. States and internationally. This workshop provides Dr. Meichenbaum with an opportunity to share his clinical experience and research of over a 50-year career of working with clients and Treatment Centers who cover the entire life-span. He has published extensively, and his recent books include Roadmap to Resilience, Treating Individuals with Addictive Disorders, and the Evolution of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. Dr. Meichenbaum has just completed a Home Study Legacy Course of the Core Tasks of Psychotherapy.


Please visit the following Websites to access resources from Dr.Meichenbaum www.melissainstitute.org CLICK on Resilience Resources and visit www.roadmaptoresilience.wordpress.com for a FREE copy of his book.

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What Alumni are Saying...

"This was a wonderful course. I feel honored to have been able to learn from Dr. Meichenbaum." - 2022 Participant

"I have attended many summer courses on the Cape and many previously with Dr. Meichenbaum. While all of the courses have been extremely good, this course really excelled . It was quite extraordinary (relevant and practical and right on target). And Dr. Meichenbaum was his usual brilliant self but even more so. I have never learned so much in a relatively short time. I loved the course." - 2023 Participant

"This was by far one of the best trainings I have ever taken." - 2023 Participant

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