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NPA Spring Conference - Therapeutic Lifestyle Change

  • 23 Apr 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Webinar


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Nebraska Psychological Association Spring Conference

Lifestyle-Based Strategies for Depression
and Anxiety in Your Clinic

with expert presenter: Stephen Ilardi, Ph.D.

Friday, April 23, 2021

9:00 – 4:00  CDT (Live Webinar)

“We were never designed for the sedentary, indoor, sleep-deprived, socially-isolated, fast-food-laden, frenetic pace of modern life.”   Stephen Ilardi, Ph.D.

Join bestselling author Stephen Ilardi, Ph.D. as he explores the scientific support for seven lifestyle-based strategies for depression and anxiety treatment, with a focus on how to integrate them into routine therapeutic practice including:

  • physical activity
  • the gut-brain-microbe axis
  • bright light therapy
  • nutritional intervention
  • habits of healthy sleep
  • anti-ruminative strategies, and
  • enhanced social connection and belonging.

Despite a sharp increase in treatment utilization in recent decades – including a 300% increase in antidepressant prescribing since 1990 – the societal burden of depression and related mental illness continues to rise. Why? The explanation is multifaceted, but one cause stands out clearly: humans are poorly adapted to the sedentary, indoor, fast-food-laden, socially isolated, sleep-deprived, frenzied, screen-addicted pace of modern American life – and the result is an epidemic of suffering and mental disorder. Fortunately, it is possible to leverage such knowledge in the psychotherapy setting to help clients experience profound neuropsychiatric improvements – often more robust than those observed in more traditional therapy – through evidence-based lifestyle changes.

Stephen Ilardi, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Kansas and the author of over 60 publications on mental illness. His bestselling book, The Depression Cure, outlines a novel evidence-based treatment built upon a simple premise: Humans were never designed for the sedentary, indoor, socially isolated, sleep deprived, screen addicted, fast-food-laden, frenzied pace of modern life. His related TEDx talk, Depression Is a Disease of Civilization, has also found a receptive audience and has been viewed online over 2 million times. Through his active clinical practice, Dr. Ilardi has treated several hundred depressed and anxiety-disordered patients. He has also served as a longtime NBA consultant (most recently with the Houston Rockets) and a contributing analyst and writer for ESPN.

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Learning Objectives:
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1.  Describe the concept of diseases of civilization and its applicability to three common DSM-5 diagnoses;
2.  Identify 6 modifiable lifestyle domains of relevance to the onset and maintenance of major depressive disorder;
3.  Identify the major modifiable lifestyle domains of relevance to the onset and maintenance of clinical anxiety disorders and ADHD;
4.  Elucidate the clinical significance of the gut-brain-microbe axis;
5.  Describe the pros and cons of monotherapy versus integrated polytherapy approaches to the treatment of psychological disorders;
6.  Demonstrate the effective integration of lifestyle-based intervention strategies within more traditional psychotherapy protocols.


Written notification is required on or before April 19, 2021, for complete refund of registration fee.

The Nebraska Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Nebraska Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Participants attending this live webinar can receive 6 (six) CEs for psychologists. This program also meets the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice.

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