306 Breathing & Behavioral Disorders

Recognizing signs of compromised psychological health is fundamental to effectively assisting clients learn new breathing habits. This course will present a contemporary behavioral model, based on Rational Frame Theory, of conceptualizing, assessing, and treating psychological disorders. Special attention will be paid to emotional and somatic disorders commonly seen among people suffering with dysfunctional breathing habits, e.g., anxiety, panic, phobia, anger, chronic pain, chronic stress, depression, dissociation, trauma, attention (ADD, ADHD), learning disabilities, and performance deficits. These disorders will be conceptualized from a learning analysis perspective and its implications for therapy and behavior change explained. Other disorders will be briefly reviewed from the same perspective, including: addictions, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, sexual disorders, eating disorders, and attachment disorders.