Cognitive Therapy Training  for Mental Health Professionals A NEW SHOW ME! WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY CHRISTINE A. PADESKY Ph.D

How often do you watch a master clinician at work and wonder, "How did she know to ask that?" "Why did she do that?" Past workshop participants frequently comment that some of the best learning in Christine Padesky's workshops comes from her clinical demonstrations. Listening to this feedback, Dr. Padesky decided to structure a new workshop series around clinical demonstrations.

In this first workshop of her new "Show Me!" series, she reveals what is going through her mind during demonstrations of Strengths-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (S-B CBT), discussing issues such as:

What if there are many evidence-based paths I can take? Or none? How do I decide what to do?


OCT 7-8, 2014


OCT 28-29, 2014


NOV 5-6, 2014

About Dr. Christine Padesky

What is Strength-Based CBT?

Over the past decades, Padesky and Mooney have introduced a number of clinical innovations into Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) including use of constructive language, four stages of Socratic dialogue, therapeutic use of smiling, positive imagery, and methods to construct new beliefs and behavioural patterns. These contributions are now integrated into a unified model they call Strengths-Based CBT which has three areas of application: (1) integrate S-B CBT with classic CBT, (2) help clients become more resilient using a four-step model, and (3) create a New Paradigm for clients with chronic problems. Dr. Padesky demonstrates all three S-B CBT applications first under ideal and then more challenging circumstances.

Each demonstration highlights subtle decision points that guide her S-B CBT practice. For example:

After each demonstration, participants have an opportunity to apply the ideas and methods via role play and structured exercises. Experiential learning activities offer opportunities to practice and discover gaps in knowledge and skill. Dr. Padesky answers questions and provides clarifying demonstrations during these practice periods.

Who Should Attend?

All therapists interested in therapeutic decision-making and Strengths-Based CBT are welcome to attend. Therapists new to S-B CBT will learn through observation and practice how S-B CBT works. For therapists practicing classic CBT, this workshop shows many ways to integrate S-B CBT into an existing practice. Therapists already quite expert in CBT are ideally suited to appreciate all the nuances in Dr. Padesky’s demonstrations and discussions of S-B CBT. Therapists with similar levels of experience are paired for role plays to maximize the learning value of these exercises.

If you have attended Dr. Padesky’s previous strengths-based workshops (Building Resilience, Simplifying Personality Disorder Treatment with the NEW Paradigm) you will have opportunities to refresh and update your skills, compare your clinical use of these models with Dr. Padesky’s demonstrations, and develop a deeper understanding of Strengths-Based CBT.

The new “Show Me!” workshop series takes you inside a master clinician’s mind during clinical demonstrations, with plenty of time after to debrief, discuss, and try it for yourself.

The Ottawa workshop is    

co-sponsored by Health & Counselling Services, Paul Menton Centre, and FIT: Action at Carleton University

Strengths-Based CBT

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