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Currently the field of psychotherapy is undergoing a movement toward mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies. Some are calling this the “third wave” of behavioral therapies—the first wave was pure behaviorism, the second wave added cognition, and mindfulness and acceptance are the third wave. This workshop will provide an introduction to therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and other mindfulness approaches, by discussing their common elements. These common elements focus on accepting cognitions rather than attempting to alter or dispute them.


Marilyn Ghezzi, MSW, LCSW is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UNC -Chapel Hill School of Social Work and teaches courses on mental health theory and practice, group work, brief treatment, dialectical behavior therapy and many other mental health topics. Prior to joining the faculty in 2008, Marilyn worked as a clinical social worker in the public mental health system for 24 years. Marilyn continues to practice as a clinical social worker including providing clinical supervision to mental health professionals. Marilyn also presents AHEC workshops on group work, ethical issues in DSM-5, working with severe and persistently mentally ill, and treating borderline personality disorder. She has won numerous teaching awards since joining the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill including the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-baccalaureate Instruction.


Winston-Salem Clinical Lecture Series, a joint program of UNC School of Social Work and Northwest AHEC of Wake Forest School of Medicine

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