Incorporating Strengths into Collaborative Case Conceptualization to Build Resilience
by Dr. Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D.

Christine A. Padesky,Ph.D

Workshop Schedule
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A recent new approach (Kuyken, Padesky, & Dudley, 2009) offers a step-by-step model for CBT case conceptualization. This approach incorporates three guiding principles:
(1) collaborative empiricism,
(2) three levels of conceptualization that evolve over the course of therapy, and
(3) incorporation of client strengths into each level of conceptualization so therapy is designed to both relieve distress and build resilience.

While this workshop demonstrates all three principles, there is an emphasis on incorporation of client strengths into case conceptualization. Dr. Padesky models how to incorporate client culture, personal interests, imagery, and metaphors into constructive, strengths-based conceptual models. She then demonstrates how awareness of client strengths can help build resilience.

Structured exercises help participants develop relevant skills. Throughout the workshop, participants explore the implications of explicitly adding a strengths and resilience focus to CBT conceptualization and treatment.

This is a multimedia program that enhances learning via live and video clinical demonstrations, structured role plays, small group exercises, and comprehensive handouts. Dr. Padesky is internationally renowned for her ability to convey complex clinical processes with simplicity, depth and humanity. In addition, audiences appreciate her clinical excellence, warmth, clarity and humor.

Don=t miss out! Learn this innovative approach that Aaron T. Beck calls Aa gold standard for how to develop individualized case conceptualizations with our clients.@

Learning objectives

·Improve your awareness of how to search for “hidden” client strengths
·Practice methods to bring strengths into client awareness
·Collaborative with your clients to construct conceptualizations of difficulties that incorporate strengths as well as vulnerabilities
·Explore the added value of identifying client-generated metaphors and imagery

·Help clients use awareness of strengths to construct a personal model of resilience

Recommended Readings

Kuyken, W., Padesky, C. A., & Dudley, R. (2009). Collaborative case conceptualization: Working effectively with clients in cognitive-behavioral therapy. New York: Guilford.

Mooney, K.A. & Padesky, C.A. (2000). Applying client creativity to recurrent problems: Constructing possibilities and tolerating doubt. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, 14 (2), 149-161 [available online at].