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EP13 Invited Address 07 – Strengths-Based CBT: Making A Positive Difference – Christine Padesky, PhD

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy |  Invited Address
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2013
Christine Padesky
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
58 Minutes
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Original Program Date :
Dec 10, 2013
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Moderator: Camillo Loriedo, MD, PhD

Is it possible to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) methods not just to reduce distress but also to promote happiness, resilience and other positive qualities? We are developing strengths-based therapy approaches that use CBT principles and practices to construct new beliefs and behaviors that promote positive client growth. A structured search for client strengths is central to the approach. When the goal is to construct something new, experiential methods often trump analytic approaches. Changes in CBT over the past three decades (e.g., an increased emphasis on behavioral experiments, imagery, and a greater appreciation of neuroscience) provide platforms for “new” therapy methods such as constructive use of imagery, client-generated metaphors, and therapeutic use of smiling and silence. New therapy models, to (a) build resilience and (b) treat personality disorders by constructing new interpersonal beliefs and behaviors, foreshadow a trend toward CBT approaches that more explicitly help people thrive in the face of life challenges.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Identify two circumstances in which Strengths-Based CBT might have an advantage over traditional CBT.
  2. Explain how the “many pathways” theory supports optimism for positive growth in clients.
  3. List four steps that can be used to build resilience



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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 450 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, organized and compelling presentations integrate theory, empiricism, creativity, audience interaction and practical skills.


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