Seminar Detail

Advanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy: CBT for Your Most Challenging Clients

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Dr. Donald Meichenbaum is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and was voted "one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century". He recently received a Life-time Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association for his work on suicide prevention.

In this advanced CBT workshop, Dr. Meichenbaum will discuss a critical analysis of the controversies concerning the effectiveness of psychotherapy (evidence-based versus relationship-focused interventions). He will propose a resolution by demonstrating how to implement the Core Tasks of Psychotherapy or what "expert" therapists do. Dr. Meichenbaum will highlight the critical role that a Case Conceptualization Model plays in forming assessment and treatment decision-making, especially when conducting risk assessment of suicidality and aggressive behavior.

You will learn how to implement integrative treatments with challenging clients who have comorbid disorders such as PTSD, substance abuse, Borderline Personality Disorders, depression/suicidality and anger/aggressive behaviors. Learn effective skills to engage clients, anticipate and address treatment non-adherence and increase the likelihood of treatment success. Detailed handouts and video case demonstrations of specific treatment procedures will be used throughout the workshop. A "TO DO" list will be provided of ways attendees can increase their psychotherapeutic "expertise."

  1. Discuss the controversies and “state of the art” of psychotherapy effectiveness: A possible resolution.
  2. Implement the Core Tasks of Psychotherapy: What “Expert” Therapists Do.
  3. Utilize a Case Conceptualization Model that informs assessment and treatment decision-making.
  4. Conduct risk assessment with suicidal and aggressive patients.
  5. Explain an integrative, evidence-based treatment for clients with comorbid psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, substance abuse and Borderline personality disorders.
  6. Describe techniques to treat trauma victims and bolster resilience.
  7. Integrate spirituality and psychotherapy for more effective treatment.
  8. Increase client engagement, address treatment adherence and increase the likelihood of treatment success.


Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from which he took early retirement 20 years ago. He is presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami (Please see He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

In a survey of clinicians reported in the American Psychologist he was voted “one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.” He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association and was Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association.

He has presented in all 50 U.S. states and internationally. He has published extensively and most recently published Roadmap to Resilience: A Guide for Military Trauma Victims and Their Families (visit His other books include Treatment of Individuals with Anger Control Problems and Aggressive Behavior; Stress Inoculation Training; Facilitating Treatment Adherence; and The Unconscious Reconsidered.

He has consulted for various populations including veterans’ hospitals, the National Guard, psychiatric treatment centers for children, adolescents and adults, treatment center for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, torture victims, Native populations, deaf populations and school boards. See papers by Dr. Meichenbaum on (go to home page and click on Author’s Index and scroll to Meichenbaum).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Donald Meichenbaum is Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment. He is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus for the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Meichenbaum receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Donald Meichenbaum has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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