CBT Made Simple: Incorporate CBT into your practice. Part I: How to work with thoughts that maintain anxiety and depression
The workshop is aimed at developing clinical skills that participants can incorporate into their daily work. The workshop is divided into two parts; however, each part can be taken as a stand-alone workshop. Both workshops are based on cognitive behavioural theory but also incorporate aspects of mindfulness, compassion therapy, and ACT. The first part of the workshop will focus on learning skills related to case conceptualization and helping clients change their negative thinking patterns. The second part will focus on learning skills related to helping clients change dysfunctional behavioural patterns. Both workshops will cover current research but the focus is on developing clinical skills. There will be time for self-reflection and experiential exercises where participants will have an opportunity to practice new skills.
Part 1: Case Conceptualization and how to work with thoughts that maintain anxiety and depression
The workshop will explore how to use cognitive behaviour theory to create a collaborative case conceptualization. You will learn how to help your client understand their problems in terms of how thoughts can influence their feelings and behaviours and the power of understanding symptom maintenance cycles. You will have an opportunity to apply this model to understanding your own clients. How different thought patterns maintain depression and anxiety will be described. Specific cognitive interventions will be coved including how to help your client identify their deep underlying thoughts; identifying dysfunctional thought patterns; using your clients’ strengths to complete an evidence log; helping your client decenter or distance from their dysfunctional thoughts and developing balanced thoughts that can be used in everyday life to support resilience and strength.
1. Learn the steps involved in developing a CBT case conceptualization
2. Learn to identify clients’ trigger situations, thoughts, feelings, physical reactions and behaviors and how these four factors interact to maintain your client’s problems.
3. Learn how to help clients examine the evidence for their dysfunctional thoughts from a strengths perspective
4. Learn how to help clients decenter or step back from their dysfunctional thoughts
5. Learn how to help clients develop balanced thoughts that they can use in everyday life to develop resilience and strength