MEDIA & WORKSHOP INFORMATION
SEE EVENTS/NEWS TAB FOR A SAMPLE RADIO INTERVIEW WITH DRS. SMITH AND ELLIOTT
Drs. Laura L. Smith and Charles H. Elliott are available for interviews with reporters for newspapers, magazines, radio, and television. We also give workshops, seminars, and consultations upon request. Although we always require compensation for expenses, for some non-profits like churches, schools, libraries and community mental health groups as well as book clubs and book stores, we reduce or waive fees for the presentation. Contact us if you are interested in scheduling an interview or event. For convenience, we provide sample interview questions for some of the topics we’re asked about frequently.
We can present on one or more of these topics. Times vary depending upon individual and group needs. We can also change content within the scope of our knowledge and expertise.ANXIETY
We have given many workshops on the treatment of anxiety. Although our audience for this topic is usually academic, we have also talked to schools, libraries, and other public groups on this topic. In addition, radio shows have featured this material.Objectives:
1. Understand the difference between normal and abnormal anxiety
2. Discover the roots of anxiety
3. Learn about scientifically validated treatment options for anxiety
4. Learn about the different kinds of anxietyQuestions for Reporters
1. What is anxiety?
2. How do I know if I have common stress or anxiety?
3. What causes anxiety?
4. What are the financial and physical costs of anxiety?
5. What are the best treatments for anxiety?
6. What is cognitive behavioral therapy?
7. What are some questions to help rethinking?
8. How does mindful acceptance work?
9. Does medication ever play a role in treating anxiety?
10. What are the good and bad reasons to take medication?
11. Is relapse common in anxiety disorder?
12. What does positive psychology have to do with anxiety?STRESS MANAGEMENT
We’ve done quite a few presentations on stress. One popular title has been “Stress Busters for Smart People,” the workshop has been given to the public; primarily nurses, teachers, groups at libraries, and various businesses. We’ve also presented this topic for community mental health workers.Objectives:
1. Understand stress and what it costs you
2. Laugh a little (we hope)
3. Take home a few quick stress busting techniques
4. Deal with challenges more effectively.Questions for Reporters
1. Just what is stress?
2. What is the purpose of stress?
3. What are the personal costs of stress?
4. What are the financial costs of stress?
5. Can stress ever be good?
6. When do you know that you have too much stress?
7. What can you do?
8. What is cognitive behavioral therapy?
9. What are some questions to help rethinking?
10. How does acceptance work?BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER
This workshop is appropriate for professionals and students wishing to learn about working with BPD. We have had very positive reviews for this exciting topic. Reporters may also wish to talk or write about this topic or the more general topic of personality disorders.Objectives:
1. Learn about the diagnostic challenges of BPD
2. Understand the world of BPD
3. Discover the various pathways to BPD
4. Learn about effective treatments for BPDQuestions for Reporters
1. What is a personality disorder?
2. What are the symptoms of BPD?
3. How many people have BPD?
4. Why do women seem to get BPD more often?
5. What are the personal costs of BPD?
6. What are other costs of BPD?
7. Tell me about culture and BPD.
8. Why do people with BPD hurt themselves?
9. What is DBT for BPD?
10. What is schema therapy for BPD?
11. Are there other treatments for BPD?
12. What about medications for BPD?
13. Do children get BPD?
14. What should I do if I am involved with someone who has BPD?OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
We have provided a variety of workshops on obsessive compulsive disorder to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Fielding Graduate University, and the public. This fascinating disorder puzzles many. The workshop includes engaging video clips that portray real life examples of people with OCD.Objectives:
1. Understand the many faces of OCD.
2. Explore the origins of OCD.
3. See how OCD affects real people’s lives.
4. Learn about the highly effective treatments for OCD.Questions for Reporters:
1. What exactly is obsessive compulsive disorder?
2. How is an obsession different from a compulsion?
3. What are the most common types of OCD?
4. Are people with OCD crazy?
5. How do you get OCD?
6. When do people usually get OCD?
7. Why don’t people with OCD just stop their compulsions?
8. What are the best treatments for OCD?
9. What is exposure therapy?
10. Aren’t drugs the only real treatment for OCD?DEPRESSION
We have given workshops on depression for students, professionals, and interested family members. This workshop is made more interactive through role play and activities. We have had great feedback from our participants.Objectives:
1. Understand the differences between sadness, grief, and depression.
2. Learn about the cause of depression.
3. Hear about the validated psychotherapies for depression.
4. Learn about the medication controversy.Questions for Reporters:
1. What is major depression?
2. How is depression different from sadness?
3. If I’m grieving a loss, am I also depressed?
4. What it the normal length of depression?
5. Will I get better without treatment?
6. What are the different types of treatment for depression?
7. What is conitive behavior therapy?
8. What are the upsides and downsides of medication?
9. Do children become depressed? Why?
10. Does positive psychology play a role with depression?SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD)
This has been a very popular topic for radio interviews in the northern states and Canada. People are interested the science and treatment of the disorder.Objectives:
1. Understand the symptoms of SAD.
2. Differentiate between SAD and holiday blues.
3. Differentiate between SAD and major depression.
4. Learn about the scientifically validated treatments for SAD.Questions for Reporters:
1. Just what is SAD?
2. Is SAD the same as winter blues or holiday blues?
3. How many people have SADs?
4. What are the financial costs of SAD?
5. Do those lights really work?
6. How often do you need to use the lights?
7. Are there other methods to treat SAD?
8. What is Cognitive Therapy?
9. What is Behavior Therapy?
10. When is medication a good choice for SAD?
11. Can medication prevent SAD?
12. Are there other ways of preventing SAD?
13. Are there downsides to medication?
14. What about exercise?
15. Do children get SAD?