Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Personality Disorders and Challenging Problems
Led by Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. and Amy Cunningham, Psy.D., this advanced-level workshop is designed for mental health professionals who have mastered the basics of CBT with “easier” clients and want to enhance their ability to deliver CBT efficiently and effectively to clients who present with more complicated problems. Patients with complex difficulties and/or personality disorders often don’t respond to “standard” CBT and pose special difficulties in treatment. They may, for example, fail to fully engage in treatment, continually miss sessions, feel hopeless or stuck, become angry with their therapist, engage in self-harm, use substances, blame others, avoid homework, experience continual crises, call their therapist (too often) between sessions, demand special treatment—the list of challenges that arise in session and between sessions could go on and on.
Through didactic instruction, case discussions, DVDs by master clinicians, supervised roleplaying, and other hands-on learning experiences, attendees of this workshop will learn how to quickly conceptualize why clients engage in these “coping” strategies and then specifically, what to do. They’ll learn how to effectively implement and vary the basic structural elements of CBT, and how to develop, maintain, and use the therapeutic alliance to achieve therapeutic goals. They’ll learn specific techniques to use in challenging cases, as well as how to use CBT techniques on themselves when clients’ behaviors trigger their own core beliefs. *The third day of the workshop will focus on CBT for borderline personality disorder. Participants are encouraged to prepare or have in mind difficult cases for discussion or role play. A feature of the workshop is a special question and answer and role-play session with Dr. Aaron Beck.
[This training is geared towards certification in CBT through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and includes 18 CE/CME credits]
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Participants must have a doctorate or master's degree in a mental health, medical or related field.
Applicant Prerequisite: Core 1: CBT for Depression & Suicidality recommended.
Workshop Duration: 3 Days, Mon-Wed: 8:45am - 4:00pm
Amy Cunningham, Psy.D.
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., President
CE/CME: 18 credits
Day 1: Why do Axis II clients behave in such dysfunctional ways?
Conceptualizing Axis II beliefs and strategies
Engaging complex clients in treatment and developing a strong therapeutic alliance
Setting goals when clients are resistant
Structuring sessions with clients who resist structure
Demonstration and dyadic roleplays of challenging problems
Day 2: How can I help clients modify their highly dysfunctional core beliefs?
Explaining core beliefs to clients
Motivating clients to modify beliefs
Intellectual and experiential techniques to modify beliefs
DVDs of therapy sessions conducted by Drs. Aaron Beck and Judith Beck
Role-play and Q&A with Aaron T. Beck, M.D.
Day 3: How can I work effectively with clients who have Borderline Personality Disorder?
Using validation to strengthen the therapeutic relationship
Reducing self-harm behaviors
Modifying strong negative emotions
Case discussions of challenging problems
Trainees are awarded a letter verifying participation in this program.
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