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Ohio University and Burr Oak host conference for psychotherapy research

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 26, 2006) -- Today through Sunday, members of the North American chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research will compare notes amid the scenic hills and autumn foliage of Burr Oak State Park and Ohio University. With the theme "Retreat, Renew, Rekindle," the conference offers an opportunity for researchers in the field of psychotherapy to connect with colleagues, reflect on new studies and enjoy the natural beauty of Appalachia.

"This is the first time we've hosted, and we're honored," said Tim Anderson, conference local host and associate professor of psychology. For Anderson and his colleagues, this gathering is something to look forward to. Not only does the conference regularly attract many of the top researchers in the field of psychotherapy, Anderson said, but it convenes in "most appealing locations," such as Zion National Park; Newport Beach, Calif.; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and now Burr Oak and Ohio University.

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis will attend the NA-SPR banquet to welcome the society and honor Ben Ogles, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Ogles, an active psychotherapy researcher, will be jointly recognized by NA-SPR and the Ohio University Department of Psychology for his work in the field of psychotherapy outcome research and for his contributions to Ohio University as a researcher, teacher, administrator and colleague.

The NA-SPR has met biannually since the organization?s founding in the early 1960s. This conference will attract around 150 professionals and researchers from clinical psychology, counseling and psychiatry.

Among cutting-edge research topics to be addressed at this conference, according to Anderson, is "an examination of how the therapeutic relationship may itself be responsible for positive outcomes in therapy, over and above any 'techniques' used by the therapist." However, the conference will also explore therapeutic techniques for altering emotional and cognitive processes.

The keynote speaker, Jeremy Safran, will speak on a combination of these topics at the conference banquet in Walter Hall from 7:30 to 9 p.m. His speech, "Therapist Mindfulness and Affect Regulation in Psychotherapy," will be followed by dancing and live music by Kevin Shimo.

Safran will also deliver his lecture to the public at 1 p.m. Thursday in Porter Hall 102.

Resources for psychotherapy education and counseling at Ohio University include the Psychology and Social Work Clinic in Porter Hall and the Counseling Center in Hudson Health Center.

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Media Contact: NA-SPR conference local host and associate professor of psychology Tim Anderson at (740) 593-1062 or andersot@ohio.edu

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