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Many people are raised to believe that expressing painful emotion is a sign of weakness or that being emotionally vulnerable is far too unsafe. Emotional survival often came by creating a defensive strategy - that of a perfect-looking life. In this groundbreaking presentation, Dr. Margaret Robinson Rutherford, author of Perfectly Hidden Depression; How to Break Free From the Perfectionism that Masks Your Depression (New Harbinger Publications, 2019) will discussed the symptoms of this overlooked “silent” depression.
Dr. Rutherford, will discuss early research on perfectionism that noted its connection with depression, as well as the difference between constructive and destructive perfectionism. Suicide trends will be discussed as well as their correlation with destructive perfectionism. Dr. Rutherford will also present more recent studies revealing three types of perfectionism that have been discovered by research and their unique potential for lethality. Dr. Rutherford will present her work on the ten core traits of Perfectly Hidden Depression and will discuss the treatment model she's defined, using mindfulness, cognitive/behavioral, family systems approaches and more, guiding the patient toward greater vulnerability, and thus relief from the burden they've been carrying.
(Trainer: Dr. Margaret Rutherford, a clinical psychologist from Fayetteville, Arkansas, hosts a highly popular podcast, The SelfWork Podcast, consistently ranked in the top 50 of US mental health podcasts. Her column in Psychology Today and her book, Perfectly Hidden Depression; How to Break Free From the Perfectionism that Masks Your Depression (New Harbinger Publications, 2019), focuses a much-needed light on the dangerous link between destructive perfectionism and depression)
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1) Introduction and How My Own Understanding of PHD Came To Be (15 minutes)
2) The Research Behind Perfectionism (20 minutes)
Early work on perfectionism
Constructive versus Destructive Perfectionism
Self-Oriented, Other-Oriented and Socially Prescribed Perfectionism
3) The Ten Core Traits of Perfectly Hidden Depression (45 minutes)
Quiz to Assess the Spectrum of PHD
The Difference Between Classic Depression and PHD
Discussion of the Ten Core Traits - What They Are and What They're Not
4) Break (10 minutes)
5) Discussion of the 5 C's of Treatment and Exercises (Total 50 minutes)
6) Break (5 minutes)
7) Therapeutic Tools to Aid in Assessment and Treatment (25 minutes)
8) Other Lingering Questions or Ideas (10 minutes)
- How to distinguish between constructive perfectionism versus destructive perfectionism
- How the perfect-looking life became a working and outwardly successful survival strategy
- The core traits of the syndrome of perfectly hidden depression
- How classic depression differs from perfectly hidden depression
- Why this awareness must grow and be embraced by the medical and mental health community
- The most recent research on the three types of perfectionism and their inherent dangers
- The clues that are available to a mental health clinician to accurately identify this syndrome
- The five stages of healing that can lead to greater self-acceptance and self-compassion
This presentation is open to:
- Social Workers
- Professional Counselors
- Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
- Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an intermediate level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
- New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
- Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
- Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
- Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives
This Webinar Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.
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