Dr. Linda Thompson, Associate Professor and Director of the Counseling Psychology Program at Holy Family University, recently returned from Montreal, Quebec where she presented at the Annual American Counseling Association and Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association Conference and Expo from March 30 to April 4.
With more than 3,000 attendees representing professional counselors, psychotherapists, school counselors, counselor educators, as well as hundreds of graduate students from all over the United States and Canada, Thompson presented on gender issues and panic disorders.
"This was an amazing opportunity to collaborate with both American and Canadian colleagues who are producing cutting edge research and to share my research with those who are working on similar projects,” Thompson said. “The highlight for me was to have participants say that they had no idea of the innovations that I had shared, and that it will make such a difference in their work with clients. That is the ultimate goal of clinical research."
Titled "Understanding Gender Issues in Working with Panic Disorders: An Integrative Approach," Thompson spoke about her ongoing clinical research into treatment outcomes in combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy in working with those suffering from panic-related disorders. This integrated approach incorporates current findings in neuroscience regarding hormonal influences in the "fight or flight response," and how oxytocin levels can mediate panic differently in men and women, prompting the need to employ different therapeutic approaches.
Thompson also presided over the International Association of Addiction and Offenders Counselors annual meeting as president-elect for 2015-16.