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is a licensed psychologist specializing in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). His success using ACT in helping let go of their struggle with anger spans a wide range of individuals and couples, as well as those in forensic and correctional settings. His book chapter on ACT was recently published in Individual Psychological Therapies in Forensic Settings (Davies & Nagi, Eds., 2017).
Dr. Brillhart has considerable forensic clinical experience using ACT with high-risk, special needs, and serious persistent mental illness sexual offenders. His research in this area was presented at several national and international conferences including: The 2009 Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA); the 2010 American Psychological Association (APA); the 2010 Mental Health in Corrections Conference (MHCC); and the 2012, 2013, 2014 ACBS Annual World Conferences, and the 2015 SE ACBS Chapter Conference where he premiered his ACT Behind Bars Forensic and Corrections-based workshop trainings. He has presented and lectured audiences on the use of ACT with these most challenging populations.
Working with difficult-to-treat forensic and correctional clients, and individuals with chronic emotional and physical pain, has afforded Dr. Brillhart the opportunity to hone his therapeutic skills. As an interactive and solution-focused psychologist, Dr. Brillhart offers highly personalized support and practical feedback to help clients effectively navigate life challenges. By integrating ACT and EMDR, Dr. Brillhart infuses compassion and understanding to work with each client’s ability to build on their strengths and navigate personal growth amidst life’s “roadblocks.”
Dr. Brillhart earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology with Forensic Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Financial: David Brillhart is in private practice. He is the clinical supervisor at Mid-Valley Pain Clinic. Dr. Brillhart receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: David Brillhart is a member of the American Psychological Association; Oregon Psychological Association; Association for Contextual Behavioral Science; and EMDR International Association.
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