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Mobilizing Hope in the Face of Despair: Applying Social Neuroscience Research in Brief Clinical Encounters

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 10/28/2019

Expiration Date: 10/28/2022

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 1
  • Participation: 1



This session, recorded from the 2019 Amygdala, Stress and PTSD Conference at the Uniformed Services University, aims to demonstrate ways to incorporate psychotherapeutic interventions into routine psychiatric care and illustrate a rapid approach to the assessment/formulation that mobilizes hope as a "common factor" for therapeutic change.

The Amgydala, Stress and PTSD Conference at the Uniformed Services University brings together scientists and clinicians working towards solving the biological basis of stress, fear, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Sessions at this conference promote awareness of complementary areas that relate to trauma and the amygdala.


  • General Member - Free
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Medical Student Member - Free
  • Non-Member - $12.50

Learning Objectives

  • Appraise how hope is a practice
  • Consider methods on assessing patients' competencies for mobilizing hope in stressful circumstances
  • Provide an overview of interventions to mobilize hope when a patient is demoralized
  • Analyze how empirical social psychology and social neuroscience can expand the scope and potency of psychotherapeutic interventions to mobilize hope and counter demoralization

Target Audience


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes
Begin Date: October 28, 2019
End Date: October 28, 2022

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 100% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • James L. Griffith, M.D., Leon M. Yochelson Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University of Medicine and Health Sciences . Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Planners

  • Eric G. Meyer, M.D., Associate Clerkship Director and Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Lisa Diener, Director of Membership and Member Engagement, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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