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EP20 Pre-Conference 04 - New Developments in the Treatment of PTSD and Co-occurring Disorders: Ways to Bolster Resilience Across the Life Span - Donald Meichenbaum, PhD

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) |  Trauma |  Pre-Conference Sessions
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2020
Donald Meichenbaum, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
6 hours
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 08, 2020
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In the aftermath of victimizing and traumatic events, most individuals are impacted, but some 75% will go onto evidence resilience, and in some instances Post-traumatic growth. This workshop will discuss the neurobiological and psycho-social factors that distinguish these two groups and consider the treatment implications. Following a discussion of the controversies and empirical status of various psychotherapeutic interventions, a Case Conceptualization Model that informs both assessment and treatment decision-making will be offered.

A Constructive Narrative “strengths-based” treatment approach will be presented using Video Case presentations of the latest developments addressing ways to treat individuals with Complex PTSD, Prolong and Complicated Grief, Guilt, Shame, Moral injuries, as well as a variety of integrated treatment procedures for PTSD and Anger, substance abuse disorders and Borderline Personality Disorders. How to bolster resilience in six domains including (physical, interpersonal, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and spiritual) across the life-span from “high-risk” children and their families, victimized adolescents, and the elderly, will be discussed.

How attendees can learn to spot HYPE in the field of psychotherapy will be presented. A “TO DO” list for attendees on ways they can immediately apply the Core Tasks of psychotherapy will be provided.


Educational Objectives:

  1. List what distinguishes individual who develop chronic PTSD and related co-occurring disorders versus those who go onto evidence resilience.
  2. Employ a Case Conceptualization Model that informs treatment decision-making.
  3. List the Core Tasks of trauma-informed psychotherapy that contribute to sustainable behavioral changes.
  4. Implement integrative psychotherapeutic interventions with clients who have co-occurring disorders.
  5. Describe how to bolster resilience across the entire life-span from “high-risk” children to the elderly.
  6. Describe how to become a more critical consumer and spot HYPE in the field of trauma treatments. Describe how to integrate spirituality and psychotherapy.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*




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Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D in Clinical Psychology is currently Research Director of Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention, Miami ( He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy. He was voted one of the most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century. Latest books include "Roadmap to Resilience" ( and "Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: A Personal and Professional Journey."