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The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

  • 17 Sep 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online Webinar

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Webinar: September 17th, 10:00am-12:00pm (2 CEUs)

The APA estimates that about 50% of Americans believe in at least one disproven conspiracy theory. The overlap between our mind's ability to make meaning and our deep need for security and belonging predispose us to conspiratorial thought patterns.  Join us for an exploration of fascinating cognitive and personality factors, an examination of impacts to clients and their relationships, as well as a conversation about implications for treatment. BYO tinfoil hat.

Learning Objectives:

a.     Orientation to psychology of conspiracy theories and associated psychological research;
b.     Personality factors associated with conspiratorial thinking; 
c.      Impacts to clients and relationships; 
d.     Resources and treatment strategies for clinicians.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Hafford is a clinical psychologist in private practice with offices in Hampden and Belfast, Maine. Since 2019, he has served as coordinator for Bangor Area Psychological Society (BAPS), facilitating monthly learning and CE opportunities for local colleagues around a variety of psychology topics. Dr. Hafford is a recovering academician, previously working for seven years as an Associate Professor of Psychology at the undergraduate level prior to making the jump to full time clinical work in 2020. He continues to supervise doctoral and graduate research dissertations and periodically teaches courses around outdoor behavioral healthcare and climate change psychology. In his free time, he enjoys reading The Catcher in the Rye, foiling elaborate plots by shadowy worldwide syndicates, and long walks on the beach.

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