322 The Core Tasks of Therapy

Donald MeichenbaumDonald Meichenbaum • Friday Afternoon
What are the characteristics and practices of expert therapists that account for their effectiveness? This workshop offers an integration of both evidence-based interventions and relationship-focused approaches that provides a comprehensive structure for effective treatment across the full range of presenting problems. Using a case conceptualization model, we’ll focus on how to help patients tell their story in ways that help identify strengths and resilience and enables them to reconceptualize their problem. You’ll learn how to educate clients about new coping skills, while encouraging them to perform personal experiments to unfreeze beliefs about the self, the world, and the future. Special attention will be devoted to cultural issues, relapse prevention, and useful techniques that enhance clients’ sense of resourcefulness and agency, like the “vicious cycle” model and “Columbo-style” interviewing method. You’ll leave with a complete toolkit to guide you in assessment and treatment decision-making.

Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. His books include Roadmap to Resilience: A Guide for Military, Trauma Victims and Their Families.

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