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Time for a Sea-Change: NICE Guidelines Need a Revised Methodology

Presenter: Felicitas Rost
June 27, 2019, at 10 am EST

Since July 2017, the SPR UK has been leading a major stakeholder campaign calling on the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to conduct a ‘full and proper revision’ of its 2009 guidelines on the Recognition and Management of Depression in Adults. Dozens of leading health organisations and individuals have now joined the stakeholder coalition and signed the position statement. They stress that if the identified serious methodological flaws are not adequately addressed, it would result in misleading treatment recommendations affecting the care of millions of people suffering from depression. It would furthermore effect existing treatment services, the psychotherapeutic workforce and future research practices. Earlier this year, pressure from the coalition, supported by important UK MPs and peers, led to an unprecedented achievement: A third revision of the proposed guideline.
In this presentation, Dr Felicitas Rost, current president of the SPR UK Chapter, will provide an overview of the campaign she’s been spearheading, as well as outline the key methodological concerns raised in some detail. She will argue for a much needed paradigm shift in order to make treatment guidelines for mental health fit for purpose.


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Toward a personalized approach to Psychotherapy Process and Outcome

Presenter: Nili Solomonov, Weill Cornell Medical College, NY
Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 10 am EST

The past decade has been marked with a shift toward a personalized approach to treatment – tailoring interventions to patients’ specific needs and circumstances. Development of such interventions requires identification of specific predictors and candidate mechanisms of change that predict treatment response/nonresponse. Integration of neurobiological research can expand this line of inquiry by examining the association between therapeutic change and neural processes. In this webinar, I will present studies investigating the role of candidate mechanisms of change over the course of psychotherapies for affective disorders. Specifically, I will focus on the role of specific therapeutic techniques, the working alliance, and social and interpersonal aspects of psychotherapy as they relate to treatment outcome. 


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