Quality of Life: A Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Enhancing Well-Being

Quality of Life: A Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Enhancing Well-Being


Psychology and counseling had traditionally been problem-focused and emphasized decreasing pathology, maladaptive behaviors, and relief of stress and distress. However, the Positive Psychology movement (late 90’s) has recalibrated the evaluation of individuals’ needs and brought about a more balanced conceptualization of how to help individuals maximize their satisfaction with life, while still aiming to decrease distress and alleviate suffering and problems. This movement has coincided with the evolution of job coaches, life coaches, mind-body interventions, and other positively-focused interventions to improve life satisfaction and happiness. Individuals need experts who are trained in both life enhancement and in issues typically addressed by social workers, psychologists, and other mental health professionals.

QOL is often a goal of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Improving QOL has become an increasingly important focus of interprofessional care and behavioral medicine interventions for medical populations. This workshop is designed to teach individuals how to assess quality of life; how to help clients or patients identify areas of QOL that could be improved to enhance their resilience and prosocial areas of life to help buffer stressors and improve overall functioning; and how to use existing therapeutic skills to accomplish these goals. The workshop will address the use of cognitive- and behaviorally-based therapies to achieve these goals and will introduce the more recently formulated QOL Therapy (Frisch, 2013). This presentation will incorporate the presenters more than 20 years of experience in focusing on QOL in clinical practice and research with varied populations, such as persons presenting for outpatient psychotherapy and couples therapy, and in- and outpatient medical populations and/or caregivers of those with cardiac conditions, cancer, ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease), Multiple Sclerosis, and other complex life circumstances.


By the end of the is workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Operationally define quality of life (QOL) according to several leading sources, and guide patients to operationalize QOL for themselves.
    Be able to assess Quality of Life in all individuals who present for services, with consideration of cultural and individual differences.
  • Identify at least one general and one condition-specific QOL measure that can be used for assessment and outcome in clinical practice.
  • Identify and explain how QOL can be addressed through use of cognitive and behavioral therapies.
  • Explain what QOL Therapy (Frisch, 2013) is, and how treatment goals are made.
  • Describe how QOL fits into case conceptualization based on case example.


  • Learn different ways of operationally defining QOL.
  • Learn how to conduct a QOL assessment via interview and standardized measures.
  • Conceptualize QOL as targeted factors for goal-setting in therapy.
  • Learn how to match therapeutic techniques and goals to QOL assessment.
  • Identify and explain 16 areas of QOL, and therapeutic ways to improve areas of QOL, as indicated.

Presenter: Dr. Felgoise is a licensed psychologist, Professor, Director of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology, and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned her degrees and postdoctoral fellowship from Hahnemann (Drexel) University and completed an APA-accredited internship UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in Piscataway, NJ.  Dr. Felgoise earned her diplomate in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2003 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Felgoise is a clinician, educator, mentor, scholar, researcher, and consultant trained in the scientist-practitioner model. She teaches doctoral courses and gives workshops regularly in Problem-Solving Therapy for Medical Patients and general clinical populations; Grief, Loss and Bereavement; Improving Quality of Life; Sexual Dysfunction and Sexual Health; Qualitative Methodology, among others.

Dr. Felgoise’s clinical research focuses on quality of life in, and psychosocial aspects of, ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease) and Long QT Syndrome (LQTS, a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia condition). Research on these topics have emphasized factors relating to quality of life, social problem solving, coping and adjustment, resilience factors (hope, optimism, spirituality), and comorbid psychological conditions (i.e., anxiety, depression). Her work has been grant supported in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging. These research projects have been funded by the ALS Association and the Christopher Reeves Foundation, and presented at the Heart Rhythm Society, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Neurology Associations, and other conferences.  She and her collaborators have published their works in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Neurology, and Quality of Life journals.

Dr. Felgoise has also co-authored numerous national conference presentations in her areas of research, and previously on coping with cancer, including a book published by the American Psychological Association, Helping Cancer Patients Cope: A Problem-Solving Approach.  She is also an associate editor and author for the Encyclopedia of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies by Kluewer, and co-author of a graduate textbook, Clinical Psychology: Integrating Science and Practice.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Felgoise has been an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, American Psychological Association, Div. 12 (Clinical), Div. 38 (Health), Div. 54 (Pediatrics), the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, and the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Felgoise is Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology, and Consulting Editor for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. She also serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for Psycho-Oncology and others.

Dr. Felgoise has been in private practice for 15 years helping individuals cope and adjust to daily life stressors, medical conditions, sexual health and dysfunction, couples and family problems, anxiety, grief, depression, and helping individuals improve their overall quality of life and positive experiences by use of problem solving therapy and other empirically-supported cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.



“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop.  3 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

Credits: 3 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s Fee: $60.00

Cancellation requests submitted five (5) business days before the start of the workshop will receive a 50% refund. Cancellation requests received less than 5 business days before the start of the workshop will receive a credit towards another workshop of equal value.

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