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Parent management has emerged as the treatment of choice for children and adolescents with externalizing disorders. Such models assume that parents need to be taught skills in order to resolve the problems they have with their child/children. Recent research has suggested that parents have strong emotions that interfere with their learning or practicing the behavior management skills that are known to be effective. This workshop will present assessment strategies in addition to the latest research on the common cognitions and feelings of parents with children with externalizing disorders. Clinicians will learn an empirically supported intervention that first addresses parents’ disturbed emotions and then teaches them more effective parenting skills.
Increasing motivation to change is a key skill all therapists must practice in their offices on a daily basis. Many clients are only half motivated to change. They want to change but they also want to go on doing what they are doing, for example, engaging in addictive behaviors, depressing themselves, and procrastinating. This workshop will provide practitioners with an opportunity to practice a variety of MI techniques designed to motivate clients to make important changes in their lives.
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.
This workshop will review what we currently know about anger and propose a model to understand anger as a clinical problem that can guide research, assessment, diagnosis, and treatments. Empirically-based treatments as well as new treatments for anger will be examined. Clinicians will learn strategies for assessing anger problems, how to establish a therapeutic alliance with such clients while highlighting the importance of validation, which types of cognitions to target in therapy, how to apply relaxation and mindfulness techniques, and how to teach new non-aggressive behaviors. New strategies for assessing treatment progress will also be discussed.
This highly interactive workshop will address evidence-based treatments for eating disorders. Participants will learn to understand the core underlying mechanisms that maintain an eating disorder and strategies to help clients disengage from them. Interventions for reducing weight-checking, shape-checking, comparison-making and performance-checking, and expanding clients’ concept of self-worth beyond appearance and weight will be emphasized. Participants will learn the main irrational beliefs seen in clients with eating disorders and will be taught disputations and healthier, more adaptive beliefs. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring in clinical cases for discussion.