‍‍‍Cognitive Workshops, 858 Bank St., Suite 108, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W3 Canada

tel: 613-238-4971   www.cogni‍‍‍tiveworkshops.com

Is talking the best way to promote change and growth? We don’t tell toddlers how to walk or ask them how they feel about walking. We encourage and support trial and error experience. How often do you leave a workshop feeling inspired but unsure how to do anything different in your next session? We know from educational research that lasting learning and change are more likely to result from active experience and doing than from book knowledge alone. If we apply this idea to psychotherapy, we need to consider that talk therapy by itself is not always best therapy. The phrase, “action-packed CBT” describes a therapeutic approach that combines talk with active learning experiences embedded into each session. It is  designed to make therapy more effective and to promote faster client change.

Thus, “More walk and less talk.” Even so, there is ample time for questions, answers, and discussion to promote a more complete understanding of how to apply these approaches with diverse clients in a variety of settings. Action methods demonstrated in this workshop include: interactive writing/drawing, imagery, role playing, and behavioural experiments both in and outside the office to test out beliefs or to try new behaviours. A brainstorming section in the afternoon of the second day helps therapists discover how a variety of creative methods can be derived from these basic actions. Padesky guides workshop participants to develop a model over the course of the two days to help decide when to employ action approaches, when listening and talk are the best interventions, and what types of action are best suited to particular therapy purposes and goals.

Ottawa, Oct. 26-27, 2017

Toronto, Oct. 30-31, 2017

Vancouver, Nov. 8-9, 2017

Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D

A new “Show Me” workshop presented this fall by

The Ottawa workshop is       co-sponsored by Health & Counselling Services, Paul Menton Centre, and FIT:Action at Carleton University.

  • Describe two benefits of action-packed therapy
  • Recognize action opportunities within clinical interchanges
  • Plan three actions appropriate to use with current clients
  • Name two action methods that foster client engagement
  • Demonstrate one action approach that is likely to enhance learning
  • Identify two action methods that help promote change
  • Devise in and out of office behavioral experiments
  • Experience uses of writing for increasing client engagement
  • Link imagery with in vivo change efforts

Workshop Objectives

Workshop Agenda

TIMES‍‍‍: In  Ottawa  and Vancouver the workshop runs from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm both days.  In  Toronto,  it  runs  from  9:30 am to 5:15 pm. Lunch is included with registration.


Action-Packed Therapy

  • Why action-packed learning?
  • What does it look like?
  • DEMO: Action before learning
  • Group Practice: Shoulder to shoulder
  • Writing as action
  • Discussion: What have we learned?


Behavioral Experiments

  • DEMO: Testing central beliefs
  • What makes a belief central?
  • Varieties of behavioral experiments
  • Group PracticeChange: Imagery and In Vivo Practice
  • DEMO: Use imagery to promote change
  • Group Practice: Imagery
  • In vivo change practice
  • Discussion: Link imagery and in vivo changes


When to Use Action-Packed Therapy

  • DEMO: Collaborative case conceptualization
  • Discussion: Identify action opportunities
  • Role Plays: Varieties of Action Experience
    • Role plays of client experience
    • Role plays of something new
    • Mindful role play practices


Therapist Alignment with Action-Packed Therapy

  • Three goals: Engagement, discovery, change
  • Four methods: Writing, behavioral experiments, imagery & role play
  • Group exercises: Therapist values & strengths

Additional Creative Actions

  • Brainstorming creative actions for: engagement, discovery & change
  • DEMO: Matching creative actions to client

Make a Personal Plan for Action in Your Therapy

Toward a Model of Action-Packed Therapy

  • What is action-packed therapy?
  • When do we best use action packed methods?
  • A summary of actions that:
    • foster engagement
    • lead to discovery
    • support change

Similarly, this is an action-packed workshop. Christine A. Padesky, PhD demonstrates a variety of action methods that can enhance CBT and other forms of psychotherapy. Like her other “Show Me” workshops, she structures her teaching around clinical demonstrations rather than lectures. For each segment of the workshop, she demonstrates particular methods so participating therapists can see exactly how Padesky conducts “action-packed” CBT. The Structured exercises that follow help therapists learn through experience how to implement action-oriented approaches.

Cognitive Workshops

for Mental Health Professionals

Cognitive Therapy Training

This workshop is intended for mental health professionals and graduate students in mental health fields. Non-CBT therapists will learn ways to incorporate action-oriented CBT practices into therapy. Beginning and intermediate CBT therapists will discover ways to transform treatment protocols into live action therapy.  More advanced CBT therapists are encouraged to identify one or two clients with whom progress is slow and keep these clients in mind throughout the workshop.

Who Should Attend?