2022 WSPA Spring Meeting: June 4, 2022 
Brief Psychotherapy Approaches: Targeted Interventions in the Clinic, Hospital, or Emergency Room

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Accreditation and Designation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Washington State Psychiatric Association. The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Spring 2022 Presenters

Michele Bedard-Gilligan, Ph.D., UW | Event Materials
Skills for Psychological Recovery: A Brief Intervention for Acute Reactions to Traumatic and Stressful Events

Dr. Bedard-Gilligan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from the UW in 2009 and has been faculty since 2012. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Her research predominantly focuses on mechanisms of recovery in PTSD, with particular emphasis on treatment outcome, mechanisms of change in recovery from trauma, and the co-occurrence of PTSD, alcohol use, and cannabis use disorders. Dr. Bedard-Gilligan is also involved in research around testing and disseminating evidence-based treatments for PTSD in low-resource settings both in the US and internationally. She has presented her research at national conferences and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She also maintains an active clinical practice specializing in using empirically supported treatments for PTSD and other anxiety disorders at the University of Washington Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. She is involved in training and supervising individuals in the use of empirically supported treatments for PTSD and other disorders through the UW Psychology Department and the UW School of Medicine Psychology and Psychiatry Residency Programs.

Michele Bedard-Gilligan, Ph.D
Co-Director, Trauma Recovery Innovations
Associate Director, UW Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress
UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dorian Hunter, Ph.D. (she/her), UW | Event Materials
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Strategies in Brief Interventions

Dorian Hunter, Ph.D. is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician and licensed clinical psychologist in Washington State.  She provides APA-approved continuing education training and workshops on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions, alcohol and other substance use disorders, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).  She trains and provides consultation to DBT teams with Treatment Implementation Collaborative (TIC), teaching individual DBT clinicians and DBT teams hoping to implement DBT, increase their treatment fidelity and competence, and improve clinical skills. She also trains students and fellows within the Greater Seattle Area DBT Practicum, co-directing the DBT training team. In addition to maintaining an independent practice, she is currently co-building a new DBT treatment and training clinic, The DBT Center of Tacoma (DCT).

Dr. Hunter completed her undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and post-doctoral training at the University of Washington Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC), under the direction of the DBT treatment developer, Dr. Marsha Linehan. At the BRTC she worked as a research assistant, treatment coordinator, research fellow, and study therapist on multiple studies of DBT, including pilot studies and clinical trials focused on development and evaluation of DBT for clients with suicidal behaviors, alcohol, and other substance use disorders, and in multi-family DBT for adolescents and their parents.  Dr. Hunter completed her Master's and Doctoral degrees at Rutgers University, where she was a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) fellow throughout her training. Her graduate work focused primarily on learning and evaluating cognitive-behavioral interventions for alcohol and other substance use disorders, particularly through the lens of interpersonal functioning.  She additionally completed a clinical post-doctoral fellowship at the Evidence-Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, with specialized training in DBT and interventions for anxiety disorders.  Dr. Hunter has published book chapters and articles on DBT and other evidence-based interventions and underlying psychological processes related to behavior change.


Dorian Hunter, Ph.D. (she/her)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™
Clinical Instructor, University of Washington Department of Psychology

Christopher Martell, Ph.D., Hofstra University | Event Materials
Behavioral Activation Updates and Transdiagnostic Processes

Dr. Christopher Martell (Ph.D. 1988 Hofstra University) is the Clinic Director of the Psychological Services Center and a lecturer in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UMass Amherst. Dr. Martell has specialized in the practice of empirically-based psychological treatments. He has worked as a research therapist on three NIMH-funded clinical trials and has been a research consultant on psychotherapy treatment development and outcome studies using behavioral activation (BA) for depression in the U.S., U.K., and the Netherlands.  Furthermore, he has conducted and contributed to the development of affirmative CBT with lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults. 

Dr. Martell is the first author of three books: Depression in Context: Strategies for Guided Action with Michael Addis, Ph.D. and Neil S. Jacobson, Ph.D. (2001), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients, with Steven Safren, Ph.D. and Stacey, Prince, Ph.D. (2004), and Behavioral Activation for Depression: A Clinician’s Guide (2010), with Sona Dimidjian, Ph.D. and Ruth Herman-Dunn, Ph.D.

He has co-authored five other books, including Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time:  The New Behavioral Activation Approach to Getting Your Life Back (2004), with Michael Addis.  Additionally, he has published in peer-reviewed journals and contributed chapters to edited textbooks. His work has been translated into 7 languages. He has trained and supervised therapists around the world. He is board-certified in Clinical Psychology, and in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Christopher Martell, Ph.D, ABPP
Clinic Director of Psychological Services Center UMass Amherst
International expert & author of Behavioral Activation & LGBT-affirmative CBT


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