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ACBTA Meet the Expert Talk - Management of Vaginismus Using Cognitive Behavioral Approach by Prof Firdaus Mukhtar
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based interventions for various psychiatric disorders, including genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder (aka vaginismus). It has been long practiced that most vaginismus cases are seen by medical professionals (gynecologist and psychiatrist) and physiotherapists. Clinical psychologists do not typically receive this training to treat vaginismus, and this may be a reason that patients do not get holistic treatment in managing vaginismus. In this presentation, Prof Firdaus explains how the cognitive theory plays an important role in the treatment of vaginismus with core Cognitive Behavior Therapy skills that are commonly used in its management. Several cases will be discussed to illustrate the application of CBT, including points to be taken into consideration in the cross-cultural context.

About the Speaker:

Prof. Dr Firdaus Mukhtar (PhD) is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is currently the President of the Asian Cognitive Behavior Therapies Association (ACBTA) and the Training and Accreditation Taskforce of World Confederation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (WCCBT). She was the advisor for 7th Asian CBT Conference 2021. In 2012 she won L’Oreal Young Scientist Award that recognised her contribution in research.

She was the first secretary of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology and served as a CBT Consultant for the World Health Organization. She has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers and several books and relaxation audio materials related to Cognitive Behavior Therapy in managing depression and anxiety. She has given training on Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to many psychiatrists, clinical psychologist, medical specialists, and allied health professionals, especially related to depression, anxiety, weight management and vaginismus.

Aug 27, 2022 03:00 PM in Kuala Lumpur

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