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Albert Ellis frequently used humor, along with the more common didactic and Socratic styles of challenging a client’s faulty cognitions. Humor can be a powerful aspect of developing a strong therapeutic alliance with a client and as a means to help clients change unhelpful attitudes. This workshop will cover various forms of humor, effective use of the various forms of humor, cautions in using humor with clients, and developing humorous disputes relevant to a client and the client’s specific unhelpful cognitions. Sample cases and live demonstrations will be offered in a fun supportive environment.
Are clients really resistant or is it more accurate to see them as feeling demoralized, hopeless and stuck? How can we help such clients begin again to change their lifestyles? And how can we help them maintain that change? Clients grappling with a wide variety of problems, including addictions, eating disorders, and bi-polar disorders all get “stuck” at times. This workshop will focus on ways to renew hope and return to the process of therapeutic change. The workshop will draw on what we now know from neurobiology and will focus on techniques from motivational interviewing and Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy (RE&CBT) approaches.
Changes made to the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria will be presented and discussed in this workshop. This workshop will also provide a description of changes pertaining to the chapter organization in DSM-5, the multiaxial system, the introduction of dimensional assessments, controversies and challenges, and likely future directions. The purpose of this workshop is to provide the mental health professional with a working knowledge and understanding of the new diagnostic system, including changes from DSM-IV to DSM-V, and will provide a useful guide to the ways in which these changes require an adaptation of day-to-day clinical practice.