CORE CURRICULUM WORKSHOP

Learn the essentials of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for depression through an experiential workshop at the Beck Institute. Led by Judith S. Beck, PhD and other expert Beck Institute faculty, participants will learn how to conceptualize depressed clients, plan treatment based on an individualized conceptualization, establish the therapeutic relationship, instill hope, and use effective cognitive and behavioral strategies to motivate clients to complete homework, modify their maladaptive thinking and behavior, and solve problems on their own. Participants will learn how to elicit and respond to clients’ feedback, measure progress, and prevent relapse. In addition, participants in 3-day workshops will learn to work with suicidality and better comprehend ethical issues that may arise.

All participants in our Core 1 workshop receive a complimentary Cognitive Therapy Worksheet Packet.

How do I know if I need to take the Core 1 workshop?

The Core 1 workshop will be useful if you would like to:

  • Develop longitudinal cognitive case conceptualizations to create individualized treatment plans for every client
  • Consistently develop and maintain strong therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Set goals with clients who are feeling hopeless
  • Use CBT session structure (seamlessly set a collaborative agenda, bridge between sessions, review and set new individualized homework assignments–including reviewing strong, coherent therapy notes– and elicit feedback)  at every session
  • Use activity scheduling effectively
  • Consistently use a variety of techniques to help clients identify automatic thoughts and beliefs and evaluate their cognitions through Socratic questioning, behavioral experiments, and other strategies

You can attend a different workshop first, if need be, and then take Core 1. However, you should be proficient in the skills listed above prior to attending the Core 3 workshop on personality disorders and challenging problems. The Core 1 workshop focuses on clients with straightforward depression. The Core 3 workshop assumes you have mastered the basics for straight forward clients and focuses on clients whose personality traits and coping strategies interfere with “standard” treatment.

In addition to learning about and applying the cognitive model of depression, mental health professionals will learn essential skills to increase the efficacy and efficiency of therapy.

Workshop Curriculum

2 Day Workshop

Day 1: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression

  • Introduction and overview of CBT
  • The cognitive model of depression
  • Conceptualizing individual clients
  • Planning treatment
  • Engaging the patient and developing the therapeutic alliance
  • Setting goals
  • Experiential exercises

Day 2: CBT for Depression (Part 2)

  • Structuring sessions
  • Identifying and responding to automatic thoughts and beliefs
  • Behavioral activation
  • Homework
  • Case conference

3 Day Workshop

Day 1: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression

  • Introduction and overview of CBT
  • The cognitive model of depression
  • Conceptualizing individual clients
  • Planning treatment
  • Engaging the patient and developing the therapeutic alliance
  • Setting goals
  • Experiential exercises

Day 2: CBT for Depression (Part 2)

  • Structuring sessions
  • Identifying and responding to automatic thoughts and beliefs
  • Behavioral activation
  • Homework
  • Case conference

Day 3: CBT for Suicidality

  • Professional ethics of suicidality
  • Identifying and assessing suicidal patients
  • Strategies for preventing and managing suicidal crises
  • Experiential exercises

Workshop Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will better:

  1. Define the cognitive model.
  2. Describe the structure of a cognitive therapy session.
  3. Describe how to conceptualize patients according to the cognitive model.
  4. Identify cognitive behavior therapy interventions.
  5. Demonstrate techniques to engage the patient in treatment
  6. Demonstrate techniques to develop the therapeutic alliance.
  7. Demonstrate techniques to elicit and evaluate automatic thoughts.
  8. Describe strategies to modify core beliefs and assumptions
  9. Define the cognitive model of depression.
  10. Demonstrate cognitive behavior therapy treatment techniques specifically in the treatment of depression.
  11. Identify ethical concerns in suicidality.
  12. Describe strategies to prevent and manage suicidal crises.

Recommended Reading

Applicant Prerequisite

This course is appropriate for those with a beginner to intermediate level knowledge in the mental health or medical field.

Doctorate or master’s degree (or equivalent degree for practitioners outside of the US) in a mental health, medical, or related field.

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