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Webinar Series

NEXT UP: May 8th 12-1PM

Continuous Identity Cognitive Therapy: A New Recovery-Oriented Treatment for Suicidal Veterans

with Yosef Sokol, PhD

Purpose Statement:

This program aims to fill the gap in treatment options that emphasize personal recovery for veterans who have experienced a suicidal episode in the past 2 years. Current treatments like safety planning, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Suicide Prevention (CBT-SP) and problem solving focus more on reducing acute suicidal risk rather than promoting personal recovery. Continuous Identity Cognitive Therapy (CI-CT) is a new identity focused group cognitive therapy, aligned with the COURAGE model (choosing life, optimizing identity, understanding oneself, rediscovering meaning, acceptance, growing connectedness and empowerment) of recovery from suicidality. The purpose of this live, knowledge-based virtual presentation for interprofessional healthcare teams is to help veterans live a more fulfilling life and develop a positive self-identity even with the potential ongoing presence of mental health challenges.

Program Description: 
The Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx is an international leader in research and treatment of severe mental illness (SMI). The center pursues a discovery-to-recovery approach to determine the causes, identify predictors, and develop treatments for individuals with SMI, with emphasis on schizophrenia and suicide. The topics for this series consist of innovative treatments that we have created/tested and insights that have helped to develop that inform clinical care.

Target Audience (1 CE Per Webinar):
Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, and Therapists

VA Providers (TMS #131010809)
Non-VA Providers (TRAIN #1119746)

Yosef Sokol, PhDYosef Sokol, PhD received his PhD in clinical psychology from Hofstra University and his Post-Doctoral training at the VISN-2 MIRECC. He is currently a MIRECC Health Specialist Research Scientist at the Bronx VA Medical Center, where he oversees a variety of funded research projects. His work seeks to understand how personal identity deficits, and in particular, deficits in ‘future self-continuity,’ a sense of the persistence of the self into the future, relate to the development and recovery from suicide-related symptoms. His research findings have led him to articulate a recovery-oriented treatment for individuals with a recent episode of acute suicidal symptoms: ‘Continuous Identity Cognitive Therapy (CI-CT)’. His current research focuses on developing and evaluating the efficacy of a recovery-oriented treatment for post-suicidal patients. He is also working to develop a recovery-oriented treatment for post Covid-19 psychiatric conditions that integrates direct medical and psychiatric sequala with psychosocial downstream effects of loss of functioning. In addition to his VA position, he serves as a member of the core clinical faculty at Touro University’s Doctoral Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology.


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Last updated: April 29, 2024