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Course Information

Strengths-Focused CBT: Building Resilience

Presented by The San Diego Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Consortium
Join us for this workshop which integrates the strengths-based cognitive behavior therapy model to build resilience with collaborative case conceptualization. Collaborating with clients to co-construct their case conceptualization can increase clients’ motivation, active therapy participation, and the likelihood they will work on therapy tasks outside of therapy. Learn how incorporating client strengths into this conceptualization helps you design your therapy treatment plan to simultaneously relieve distress and build resilience.
      In this workshop, Dr. Padesky models how to incorporate client culture, personal interests, imagery, and metaphors into constructive, strengths-based conceptual models. She then demonstrates how existing client strengths, no matter how limited, can become a springboard for both managing difficulties and building 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 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.


Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D., is considered one of the leading cognitive therapy workshop presenters in the world, appreciated for her depth of knowledge, compassion, and good-humored warmth. She has presented over 450 workshops to more than 50,000 professionals throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia as well as 25 workshops with cognitive therapy’s founder, Aaron T. Beck, M.D. her clear, organized and compelling presentations integrate theory, empiricism, creativity, audience interaction and practical skills.
      Co-founder in 1983 of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California, Dr. Padesky is a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) named Dr. Padesky the "Most Influential International Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist." In 2003 she received recognition for her Distinguished Contribution to Psychology from the California Psychological Association. in 2007 the Academy of Cognitive Therapy honored her with its Aaron t. Beck Award for enduring contributions to the field.
      Dr. Padesky provides consultation to mental health professionals worldwide. Her audio CD and DVD training materials (http://www.store.padesky.com/) demonstrate CBT processes and protocols. She is a featured therapist in several award-winning educational films and co-author of books translated into 22 languages including Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think, Collaborative Case Conceptualization, Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders, and Clinician’s Guide to Mind Over Mood.

What Attendees Will Learn

  • Improve your awareness of how to search for "hidden" client strengths 
  • Practice methods to bring strengths into client awareness 
  • Collaborate 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


8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Sign in, with refreshments
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Strengths and case conceptualization
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 12:15 p.m. Culture: Language, imagery, metaphors
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Construct a personal model of resilience
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. Stengths, resilience and treatment plans

Recommended Reading

Kuyken, W., Padesky, C. A., & Dudley, R. (2009). Collaborative Case Conceptualization: Working Effectively With Clients in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. New York: Guilford.

Padesky, C. A. & Mooney, K.A. (2012). Strengths-based Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy: A four-step model to build resilience. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 19 (4), 283-90 (free reprint available from http://www.padesky.com/).


Continuing Education

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. 

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (6) hours. 

This course meets the qualifications for LPCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #PCE418). (6) hours. 

Social Workers
This course meets the qualifications for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #PCE418). (6) hours.

Marriage and Family Therapists
This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #PCE418). (6) hours. 

Cancellation Policy
Refund (minus $25 administrative fee) when canceling prior to 7 days before the workshop. No refund within 7 days of the seminar. 

Disability Access
If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification. 

Please Note 
Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling. 


About The SDCBTC

The SDCBTC is a non-profit organization designed to promote and disseminate educational and clinical Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy resources to its members and our local mental health community For more information or to become an SDCBTC member, visit us online at: http://www.sdcbtc.org/