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Presently, there are 147 different types of Psychotherapy. All of which claim to be effective in helping clients change. Ellis designed REBT as and integrative theory of psychotherapy that drew on affective, emotive, and behavioral interventions. Integration of different perspectives has been a critical part of this treatment. This workshop will present some of the major controversies and theories in psychotherapy and review their implications for treatment in an attempt to build an integrative science of psychotherapy. Based on the different models and the empirical research an outline of an integrative working model of decision-making will be presented to help determine when to use the different approaches to therapy, and specify when each might be helpful, or even when each model is the preferred means of treatment. The workshop will explore the use of the common factors of psychotherapy, when insight is needed, how psychological assessment can be therapeutic, when it is advisable to concentrate on emotions, when transference and countertransference arise and can be helpful, when cognitive and behavioral interventions are the preferred treatments.
The clinical and diagnostic characteristics of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) will be covered during this engaging workshop. Participants will learn Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavioral (RE&CBT) treatment strategies shown to be effective with this population.
Etiological factors, clinical symptoms, and diagnostic criteria with a focus on differentiating BDD from other Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders will be reviewed. Cognitive strategies specific to addressing irrational beliefs commonly found in BDD will be emphasized and a variety of evidence-based behavioral techniques (e.g., exposure and responsive prevention, mirror retraining) will be explained and demonstrated.
Over the last several decades, psychotherapists have used different names to describe clients who fail to make progress. This presentation will explore the labels used to identify such clients, what these labels tell us about such clients, and the conclusions psychotherapists make regarding the lack of progress. The research that supports and challenges the concept of personality disorders and suggestion to redefine Personality Disorders in DSM-5 will be presented to understand the present state of knowledge. The outcome research for Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy with personality disorders will also be reviewed. A new model of treatment will be presented that includes personality awareness, self and radical acceptance, and adaptation. This model integrates concepts from RE & CBT, Temperament Theory, and Relapse Prevention.
Most clients present with multiple problems and with very different levels of motivation to change. This workshop will focus on creating evidence-based treatment plans for separate and distinct clients. There will be a focus on integrating motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and approaches that emphasize the importance of values, and spiritually-related issues. Participants will have the opportunity to practice techniques that have proven to be effective with individuals and groups and receive in-vivo supervision. SMART Recovery, a RE & CBT-based self-help group approach, will also be discussed.
In this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of REBT’s theory of emotional and behavioral disturbance. Techniques for identifying and restructuring irrational beliefs will be taught, as well as generating homework assignments to reinforce session content. Strategies for motivating clients to agree on the goals and tasks of therapy will also be discussed. A live demonstration with a volunteer will bring the theory and its applications to light.
Suicide has been a significant public health crisis for a long time and it is still surrounded by limited public awareness and understanding. Furthermore, existing literature suggests that graduate programs may not provide adequate training in working with suicidal clients. The question is always the same: “What am I supposed to ask next?” This workshop will focus on the RE&CBT model for suicidality by describing two novel instruments: The Suicidaction Potential Theory (SPT) and the Commitment to Life Inventory (CLI). Participants are encouraged to come prepared with clinical scenarios for role plays and discussions.
This workshop provides guidelines on working with clients who have been exposed to trauma. Symptoms to be addressed include loss of self, shame, emotional numbness, re-experiencing of traumatic experiences, inability to feel safe, dissociation as well as depressive and anxious symptoms.
The workshop will largely focus on: 1) empirical research on the effects of trauma and 2) state-of-the-art treatment options, with a particular emphasis on Rational Emotive &Cognitive Behavior Therapy approaches (RE&CBT).