Wright State University
CEHS Department of Human Services (DHS)
School of Professional Psychology (SOPP)
Continuing Education Workshop
Core Tasks of Psychotherapy & Counseling:
What “Expert” Therapists Do!
Friday, April 17, 2015 8:30 AM–4:15 PM
WSU Nutter Center Berry Room, Dayton, OH
Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. is one of the co-founders of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). He uses cognitive–behavioral therapy with a constructive-narrative perspective in which he looks at the stories clients tell about themselves and considers ways that the client could develop a different, more positive story. He was named as “one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century” in a survey by the American Psychologist. A distinguished Professor Emeritus of University of Waterloo, he is a founder and presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment in Miami. He has received many accolades including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association and he was Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has presented throughout North America and internationally. He has published extensively including Cognitive-Behavior Modification: An Integrative Approach and his latest book is Roadmap to Resilience. His workshops are noted for combining scholarship, critical-mindedness, practicality and humor.
What makes for effective psychotherapy/counseling? Drawing from his extensive work as a renowned therapist, Dr. Meichenbaum delves into this question and provides a framework that all therapists/counselors can use with youth, adults and families. He will examine the debate between those who advocate for evidence-based manualized treatments versus those who advocate for relationship-focused interventions and propose a third alternative: a model of “expertise” in implementing the Core Tasks of Psychotherapy & Counseling. These core tasks include ways to establish and monitor the quality of the counseling/therapy relationship, conduct psycho-education, nurture hope, teach coping skills employing generalization guidelines, addressing the impact of traumatic victimizing experiences and ways to bolster resilience. He will also provide a detailed, practical discussion of “what works” in counseling/therapy and a demonstration of how therapists/counselors, who obtain the most effective results, conduct integrative treatments with challenging clients who present comorbid disorders. A specific focus will be on ways to treat individuals with multiple psychiatric disorders such as PTSD, substance abuse and depression integratively as opposed to a sequential or parallel fashion. Dr. Meichenbaum will additionally cover: predicting violence towards others and toward oneself; improving cultural competence as a therapist/counselor; integrating spirituality and psychotherapy/counseling; and how to use client feedback to improve treatment effectiveness. A Self-Assessment Psychotherapist’s Checklist and a detailed handout will be provided.
This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to learn:
1) What the Core Tasks of Psychotherapy & Counseling are and how to implement them to obtain better treatment outcomes.
2) How to use client feedback to improve treatment effectiveness.
3) How to conduct risk assessments of a client’s potential threat toward others or oneself.
4) How to conduct integrative interventions with challenging clients with co-morbid psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.
5) How to tailor treatment in a culturally competent fashion and how to integrate spirituality and psychotherapy/counseling.
Six (6) CE credits (clock hours) are approved for Ohio Licensed Professional Counselors, Ohio Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, National Certified Counselors, Certified Rehabilitation Counselors, Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals, and Psychologists. Full attendance is required for CE credits. A certificate of attendance will be extended to all others.
The workshop fee is $125.00, with discounts extended only to full-time faculty, alumni, current supervisors/clinical faculty & students/interns of WSU DHS & SOPP with documentation. Registration priority and reduced fee will be extended only if registered by April 1st. Registration is required for all workshop participants. Lunch and morning/afternoon refreshments are included; please designate your lunch preference upon registration. Persons with ADA requests or other special accommodation requirements should call 937\775-2075 immediately upon registration, but at least two weeks prior to the workshop. Priority space is limited, so register early. The full day workshop will be held at the http://www.nuttercenter.com/WSU Nutter Center, Berry Room 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435. Free parking is available in Lot #1.
For additional information, call: 937\775-4308 (SOPP) or 937\775-2075 (DHS). All registrations and payments must be completed online. Registration will not be accepted without payment. A $25.00 late registration fee will be incurred for all registrants after April 10th. No refunds after Friday, April 10th. For technical assistance, grievances, or other assistance, please call: 937\775-4308.