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CBT Boot Camp 2.0

Building Core Therapist & Client Skills Using Mind over Mood (Second Edition); Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D.

1/25/2017 to 1/26/2017
When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
9:00 AM
Where: Stephens Central Library, Sugg Community Room
33 W. Beauregard
San Angelo, Texas  76903
United States
Contact: West Texas Counseling & Guidance
(325) 944-2561

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All CBT treatments involve core therapist skills. Once these skills are mastered, it becomes comparatively easy to learn protocols for specific client disorders. In addition, there are core client skills that have been linked to rapid improvement and maintenance of treatment gains. CBT Boot Camp 2.0 focuses on how therapists can use Mind Over Mood, 2nd Edition, 2016 (MOM2) to help build core therapist and client skills.

Evidence-based practice encourages therapists to teach mood-specific skills and follow different treatment guidelines depending upon the mood(s) targeted. Clients experience high rates of comorbidity and so there is an advantage to supplementing therapy with a workbook like MOM2 which addresses a variety of moods and teaches both general and mood-specific skills. This workshop shows therapists how to maintain fidelity to treatment protocols by assigning MOM2 chapters in different orders depending upon the moods addressed. Therapists learn which mood-specific skills are linked to enduring treatment efficacy for depression, anxiety disorders, anger, guilt and shame.

In addition, Dr. Padesky demonstrates how to navigate common obstacles that arise during use of: behavioral activation and thought records (depression); fear ladders, exposure, identification of safety behaviors, and behavioral experiments (anxiety); assertive communication and forgiveness (anger); seriousness ratings, responsibility pies, reparations and self-forgiveness (guilt and shame). Following her demonstrations, participants engage in “obstacle courses” which are exercises designed to help therapists apply appropriate core skills in the face of challenges. Guidelines are presented for how and when to add methods drawn from acceptance therapies, mindfulness and positive psychology to classic CBT approaches. Participants learn evidence-based guidelines for client skills practice, when certain interventions can be counter-therapeutic, and a 3-step plan for relapse management. CBT Boot Camp 2.0 features innovative participant exercises that approach familiar topics in novel ways. Workshop learning is enhanced through live clinical demonstrations, structured participant exercises, and handouts. By the end of CBT Boot Camp, participants will achieve greater CBT fitness in the areas of: therapy structure and alliance, improving client ability to observe and self-monitor, assigning and debriefing homework relevant to specific client moods, and use of guided discovery methods (such as Socratic dialogue, thought records, behavioral experiments, and responsibility pies). As always, this workshop is infused with Dr. Padesky’s signature warmth, humor, and an emphasis on practical clinical tips.

Note: MOM2 is significantly different from the first edition of this book in both structure and content and includes new and wholly revised chapters as well as 25 new worksheets. Since this workshop primarily emphasizes this new material, it is helpful both for therapists who have extensive experience with the first edition and those who don’t. Therapists who own MOM2 are encouraged to bring it to the workshop; Dr. Padesky will be happy to sign copies.

Workshop objectives

  1. Practice a 5-part model for collaborative case conceptualization
  2. Identify skills empirically linked to improvement in depression and anxiety
  3. Boost awareness of how MOM2 can enhance effective therapy
  4. Link MOM2 chapter reading order with treatment protocols
  5. Identify and test mood-related images
  6. Follow research-based guidelines for gratitude diaries, mindfulness practice, and other treatment methods
  7. Observe how 4 stages of Socratic dialogue foster client learning
  8. Consider when a focus on forgiveness is therapeutic and when it is not
  9. Assist clients in following a 3-step plan for relapse management

This workshop is intended for:

Mental health professionals and graduate students in mental health fields

Workshop Presenter

Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D., is considered one of the leading cognitive therapy workshop presenters in the world, appreciated for her depth of knowledge, compassion, and good-humored warmth. She has presented over 450 workshops to more than 45,000 professionals throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia as well as 25 workshops with cognitive therapy's founder, Aaron T. Beck, M.D. Her clear, organized and compelling presentations integrate theory, empiricism, creativity, audience interaction and practical skills.

Co-founder in 1983 of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California, Dr. Padesky is a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and former President of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. In 2002, the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) named Dr. Padesky the “Most Influential International Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist.” In 2003 she received recognition for her Distinguished Contribution to Psychology from the California Psychological Association. In 2007 the Academy of Cognitive Therapy honored her with its Aaron T. Beck Award for enduring contributions to the field.

Dr. Padesky provides consultation to mental health professionals worldwide. She develops audio and video training materials (described at that demonstrate cognitive therapy processes and protocols and is a featured therapist in several award-winning educational films. She is co-author of books translated into 23 languages including Collaborative Case Conceptualization, Clinician's Guide to Mind Over Mood (1st Edition – second edition is forthcoming in late 2017), and Cognitive Therapy with Couples.  BABCP voted her best selling cognitive therapy self-help book Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think ( the most influential cognitive therapy book of all time.


Day 1: Morning

  • Balancing Alliance & Structure
  • Creating a collaborative, constructive relationship
  • How can Mind Over Mood, 2nd Ed (MOM2) help?
  • Simple case conceptualization: 5-part model as a starting point  
  • Alliance & Structure Obstacle Course When client and therapist have different views of the problem
  • Clinical pressures to do more in less time
  • "I thought I was coming to see you; why do you want me to use a book?”
  • Observation & Self-Monitoring
  • The central importance of observation and self-monitoring in CBT
  • Same or different core skills needed for different moods?
  • Flow charts for using MoM2 with different moods

Day 1: Afternoon

  • Boosting Core Therapist Skills in Depression
  • Treatment CBT Depression
  • Treatment Protocol Behavioral Activation guided by MOM2
  •  Thought Record enhancements in MOM2
  • Acceptance, mindfulness, and gratitude in depression treatment  
  • Depression Treatment Obstacle Course
  • I don’t feel like doing any activities”
  • “I’m not thinking anything; I’m just depressed”             
  • "I see this evidence but it doesn’t change how I feel”
  •  The Holy Grail: Reducing Relapse for Depression
  • Maintaining progress & skills post-therapy
  • Three steps to an effective relapse management plan  

Day 2: Morning

  • Boosting Core Therapist Skills in Anxiety Treatment
  • Anxiety Protocols simplified
  • Constructing a Fear Ladder Safety behavior or good coping?
  • Building discomfort tolerance – acceptance, mindfulness & curiosity
  • Eliciting the most relevant thoughts & images
  • Three common types of behavioral experiments  
  • Anxiety Treatment Obstacle Course
  • “I’m not thinking anything; I just knew I had to get out of there.”
  • Therapist thought: What if something bad does happen?
  • Clever experiments that don’t test central thoughts 

Day 2 Afternoon: 

  • Learning Boosters: Socratic Methods
  • Socratic Dialogue
  • Thought Records & Behavioral Experiments as Socratic methods
  • Testing images  
  • Socratic Methods
  • Obstacle Course
  • Game challenge: Find a missing piece
  • Should I be Socratic or just tell my client the information?
  • Anger, Guilt & Shame
  • Responsibility Pies
  • Forgiveness: When & how can it be therapeutic?
  • Moving Toward Happiness

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