Stress, anxiety and depression: new approaches to diagnosis and treatment

WEBINAR: Tuesday, 20 October 2020. 7.30 - 8.45 pm

In this webinar, Professor Bruce Arroll looks at how we label patients with stress, anxiety, and depression by considering transdiagnostic labels. He will deal with the why and how, and highlight the dangers of labels in primary care.

The other new approach will be to describe the “massive” reframe done by Dr David Burns (Psychiatrist Standford Uni ) in his best-selling new book “Feeling Great.”  He calls this process the “assessment of resistance” and it is truly a breakthrough in terms of changing cognitions in patients. He is able to get dramatic changes in his patients using this method. 

Bruce will also talk about behavioural activation which is probably the most effective treatment for depression and very easy to do in primary care.




Bruce Arroll
General Practitioner

Bruce is a Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland New Zealand and a practising GP at Greenstone Family Clinic in Manurewa, South Auckland. He does regular general practice at that clinic and also does special consultations using Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for people who are feeling stuck in their lives by stress, pain or low energy. He does this work with his own patients, those referred from his clinic colleagues, as well as for people outside of the clinic.

Marcia Sasano
Health Psychologist

Marcia works at Te Pou as Training Lead for the integrated primary mental health and addiction programme. In addition to her supervision, mentoring, and clinical experience, Marcia has been involved in the implementation and training of Health Improvement Practitioners (HIPs) and HIP trainers in New Zealand. Marcia also has experience training primary care providers, mental health workforce, and HIPs in therapeutic interventions including Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (fACT).”

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This presentation is intended for qualified health practitioners professional development and should not be relied upon for any other purpose. Any opinions offered are those of the presenter or other speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of Goodfellow Unit.

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