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This workshop will first review clinical and diagnostic characteristics of Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders (OC&RDs) with emphasis on recent DSM-5 changes from the previous DSM-IV-TR edition. Next, participants will be introduced to the rationale and effective implementation of evidence-based cognitive and behavioral strategies based on the most recent research on effective treatment of OC&RDs. Emphasis will be placed on implementing these techniques primarily for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
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.
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.
When therapists are faced with the news that someone has committed suicide, there are several questions asked, such as: “Could this have been prevented?”, “What went wrong?” The main purpose of this workshop is to present and discuss the application of Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy (RE&CBT) with clients that are at risk of suicide. The workshop will focus on the RE&CBT model for suicidality by describing assessment and treatment strategies. A unique component of this workshop will be the presentation of a recorded session with a client at risk of suicide to be used as an interactive learning activity.
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.
This workshop will focus on REBT/CBT and its valuable contribution to the work on unconditional acceptance of the self and others, which are so important for mental and emotional health and a sense of wellbeing and happiness. Simple but effective techniques will be covered to help individuals move away from negative self-rating and condemnation to unconditionally accepting the self and others to become more resistant to depression, anxiety, and anger. Attendees will have the chance to practice these fun techniques within the encouraging and supportive environment in the workshop.