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Tuesday, 04 September 2012 to Wednesday, 05 September 2012

Master Class in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Building Core Competencies

Presented by Dr Christine A. Padesky, Centre for Cognitive Therapy, California, USA.

Reduced fee of £200 per person for the 2 day workshop (discounts available for Alumni, staff and Christ Church students - please call for details)

About Dr Christine A. Padesky

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-humoured warmth. She has presented over 400 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, organised 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 honoured 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 CD and DVD training materials 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, Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders, Clinician's Guide to Mind Over Mood, 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. 

About the Workshop

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) offers a rapidly expanding collection of therapy protocols tailored to specific disorders. Learning these can be a daunting task for CBT therapists. Fortunately, all CBT treatments involve core competencies (Roth & Pilling, 2007). Once these competencies are mastered, it becomes comparatively easy to learn protocols for specific client disorders.

CBT workshop is especially designed for novice and intermediate level CBT therapists who want to build and strengthen core clinical competencies as well as understand more clearly how these competencies function as the foundation for all CBT protocols. By the end of the workshop, participants will achieve greater CBT fitness in the areas of: therapy structure and alliance, client observation and self-monitoring, awareness of safety behaviours versus good coping, assigning and debriefing relevant homework, and use of guided discovery methods (such as Socratic dialogue, thought records, and behavioural experiments).

Dr. Padesky also demonstrates therapeutic responses to common therapy obstacles that often derail CBT progress. Following her demonstrations, participants engage in 'obstacle courses' which are exercises designed to help therapists apply the appropriate core competency in the face of these challenges.

CBT workshop features innovative participant exercises that approach familiar topics in novel ways. Workshop learning is enhanced through live and video clinical demonstrations, structured participant exercises, and hand-outs. As always, this workshop is infused with Dr. Padesky’s signature warmth, humour, and an emphasis on practical clinical tips.

Workshop objectives

  • Learn to structure therapy sessions while maintaining a therapy alliance
  • Detect safety behaviours through use of questions and observation
  • Identify the most relevant thoughts linked to target emotions and behaviour
  • Use thought records and behavioural experiments more effectively
  • Practice Socratic dialogue to foster learning from homework assignments
  • Overcome common obstacles to use of core clinical competencies


Roth, A.D., & Pilling, S. (2007). The competencies required to deliver effective cognitive and behavioural therapy for people with depression and with anxiety disorders. London: Department of Health. 

Workshop schedule

Day 1 - morning

  • Therapy Alliance and Structure
  • Collaboration: CBT’s therapy alliance advantage
  • Balancing alliance and structure
  • Setting and negotiating an agenda
  • Session time management
  • Alliance & Structure Obstacle Course
  • Observation & Self-Monitoring
  • Why are observation and self-monitoring central to CBT?
  • Identifying and rating emotions and physiological arousal

Day 1 - afternoon

  • Observation & Self-Monitoring (continued)
  • Curiosity: Through the looking glass
  • Safety behaviours or good coping?
  • Eliciting the most relevant thoughts & images
  • Observation & Self-Monitoring Obstacle Course
  • Guided Discovery: Fundamentals

Day 2 - morning

  • Simple fixes for common thought record errors therapists make
  • Targeting key moods and thoughts
  • Question the questions in the thoughts column
  • Link evidence to the situation not a lifetime
  • Thought Record Obstacle Course
  • Finding thought record weaknesses & planning a therapeutic response
  • Behavioural experiments (BEs)
  • Three types of BE for every thought

Day 2 - afternoon

  • Behavioural Experiment Obstacle Course
  • Stages of BEs
  • Choose the best BE: Quiz show format
  • Learning Boosters: Enhance Value of Homework
  • Evoke client curiosity to improve adherence
  • Socratic Dialogue: 4 stages
  • Debrief tasks in and outside of therapy
  • Capture learning rewards from BEs and other assignments
  • Applying Core Competencies
  • What’s in a protocol? Interventions rationale
  • Depression and Anxiety Disorders: Quick Therapy Overview

Watch an overview of the workshop on You Tube.

This event is open to the public.

Venue: Salomons, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 0TG, Science Theatre
Time: All Day

Contact: Tracey Plunkett (email)
Telephone: 01892 507658

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