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Tom Treadwell

Tom Treadwell

Thomas Treadwell EdD, TEP, received his EdD in Health Behavior and Group Psychology from Temple University in 1981. He has postgraduate training in Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, and Sociometry, Fellowship in Family Therapy, Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, Fellowship - Licensed Psychologist Training Program, University of Pennsylvania, Center for Cognitive Therapy.

He is currently a Clinical Associate in Psychiatry, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Full Professor of Psychology at West Chester University.

Dr. Treadwell’s research interests include cognitive group psychotherapy, psychodrama and sociometry, cognitive therapy of depression, anxiety, couple/relationship/partner conflicts-social network problems, and he is currently studying social-psychological processes of collaborative communication styles of electronic groups via the Internet. Dr. Treadwell is an executive editor for the Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, and Sociometry and serves on editorial boards for two journals.

"As a group therapist I find effectiveness is better achieved when patient(s) and therapist(s) work collaboratively as a therapeutic team. An interactive action-oriented group-focus is my treatment of choice in helping people readjust in modifying their communication and behavioral patterns to bring about healthy change(s). Cognitive group psychotherapy is a modality utilizing guided action, dramatic, and cognitive techniques in examining conflicts, predicaments, and crisis situations that are fathered/mothered in-group or individual settings. The action and cognitive techniques are designed to facilitate individuals and groups with respect to perceptions of thoughts, feelings, and behavior that are central to creating a sense of community among group members. As a result, group participants become part of a therapeutic community by sharing conflicts, supporting each other in rehearsing new ways of coping with life situations, and experimenting with alternate ways of behaving." –Thomas Treadwell EdD, TEP

The CORAL model fosters self-regulating thinking along with working amongst peers cultivating three major objectives:

(1) Incorporates several different teaching and learning styles, thereby providing a more inclusive learning format for a variety of learners.

(2) The model is structured by the professors, but led by the students and therefore fosters independent thinking and active learning.

(3) Encourages students to seek outside opinions without fear of being criticized.

(4) Fosters the distinction between Collaborative and Cooperative learning as an indispensable preliminary step when designing an operational collaborative learning and workplace environment!

The CORAL model is supported by State System of Higher Education Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC) grant, Pedagogy for Engagement Grants (PEGs), State System of Higher Education Faculty Professional Development Grant and West Chester University Presidential Initiative Funding Grant.

Primary Interests:

  • Communication, Language
  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Internet and Virtual Psychology
  • Persuasion, Social Influence

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Tom Treadwell
Department of Psychology
West Chester University
690 South Church Street Room 33
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19383
United States

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