Stress and depression, especially in these uncertain times, are common ailments. If you’ve experienced either one, you’re not alone: Fifty-four percent of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their everyday lives, asserts the American Psychological Association. In the U.S., depressive disorders affect an estimated 9.5 percent of adult Americans in a given year, about 20.9 million people, and are the leading cause of disability among men and women of all ages in the U.S. and worldwide, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
On Thursday, March 26, William Cross, PhD, professor of psychology at Onondaga Community College for more than 30 years, will address these conditions — and lead an experiential activity — during “Know Thyself: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Stress and Depression.” Free and open to the public, the seminar begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Ave. Parking is also free in the Marley and Crouse garages. To register, call 315-472-2464.
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a treatment that focuses on resolving problematic and dysfunctional thoughts, emotions and behaviors in a proactive, systematic manner. Studies of CBT have demonstrated its usefulness for a wide variety of problems, including stress and depression.
Cross earned his BS in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA in Organization & Management and PhD in Counseling, both from Syracuse University. In addition to his private psychotherapy practice, Cross is also an instructor of Conscious Stress Reduction at the Zen Center of Syracuse. A combat veteran with military awards for valor and service, he is a co-founder of Support Troops Network of Central New York, an independent organization which offers counseling, advocacy, education, referral and support to active duty service personnel and veterans of our community, and to their families, at no cost. Cross has been recognized with the YWCA Diversity Achievement Award, the Peacemaker's Award from Peace Action of Central New York and the State University of New York Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching.