Title: Cognitive Behavioral/Narrative Treatment for Children with Depressive Symptoms
Date: November 18, 2011
Presenter: Alejandra Trujillo-Arevalo
Description: In this presentation, Trujillo-Arevalo will outline an approach she developed, published, and piloted in Mexico. Quite successful, the group treatment has been enhanced and adapted for the U.S. population, and will be introduced in America in the near future.
Attendees will learn about the theoretical model that provides structure for the group, the 31 techniques that constitute the treatment, and the sequencing of the group techniques to clusters, such as affective education, relaxation training, problem solving, and social skills training. In addition, Trujillo-Arevalo will help attendees understand the general principles for designing a psycho-educational group and shine light on cultural issues and research outcomes to be considered when implementing such groups.
Speaker Bio: A licensed psychologist in Mexico who specializes in working with children and trauma, Trujillo-Arevalo is presently completing her master’s degree in counseling with a specialty in marriage and family therapy at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). While at CSUN, Alejandra has worked with Dr. Diane Gehart—acclaimed professor, therapist, author, speaker, and former Master Lecture Series presenter—with whom Trujillo-Arevalo is co-authoring the Instructor’s Manual for Theory and Treatment Planning in Counseling and Psychotherapy.
Trujillo-Arevalo is currently working at the Valley Trauma Center in Los Angeles, providing psychotherapy for adult, teen, and child survivors of sexual assault, as well as their families. She also works at El Centro de Amistad (the Friendship Center), providing counseling in Spanish and facilitating mental health support groups at L.A. Family Housing Center, a transitional living center. She has presented her treatment at numerous international conferences.