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Lost in Thought: The Detrimental Effects of Rumination 

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Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University.

Every therapist has clients who get stuck in rumination, unwittingly perpetuating their own misery. Yet, as Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema reveals, clients generally believe they are gaining insight as they engage in this destructive process! During the lecture component of this video (approximately 40 minutes), Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema describes numerous findings from her research which show how widespread and detrimental the effects of rumination really are. Mood, memory, self-confidence, and problem-solving ability are among the areas discussed.

An interview with Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema (approximately 20 minutes) follows her presentation. During this, she provides further insight and practical advice – touching on such issues as assessment of rumination, helping clients recognize the difference between rumination and healthy problem-solving, and behavioral activation as a method to break the ruminative process.

Learning Objectives: After viewing this program, you will be able to...

1) describe the diverse negative emotional and cognitive effects of rumination.

2) describe a strategy that helps clients break the ruminative process.

This program is appropriate for a broad range of mental health professionals including psychologists, social workers, and counselors.

CE credit: 1 hour

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