Challenging the Myths
Among the many myths about the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach to depression is the idea that it’s an overly intellectualized, one-size-fits-all approach that ignores the importance of emotion and of the therapeutic alliance. In fact, one of its hallmarks is learning to adapt your style to mesh with the moment-to-moment changes in the mood of the client, especially those feeling hopeless and defeated. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to engage even the most deeply depressed clients and get an overview of the principles of treatment planning, the fundamental techniques of CBT, and how to customize your approach to the needs of particular cases. Among the topics will be:
- How to structure sessions to maximize time and prioritize the issues most important to clients
- The use of experiential techniques in CBT, such as imagery, behavioral experiments, psychodrama, and role-playing
- Creating a toolkit of techniques clients can use to help themselves between therapy sessions and after therapy ends
Judith Beck PhD, is president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Philadelphia and a clinical associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Her books include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Basics and Beyond and The Beck Diet Solution.