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Enhancing Cognitive Behavior Therapy Techniques via the Therapeutic Relationship

Format Workshop
Presenters Dr Nikolaos Kazantzis
Description This workshop teaches advanced relationship skills within the cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) framework. Many therapists experience significant challenges in engaging and motivating clients in CBT interventions, or find it difficult to foster client ownership of the therapeutic process. Therapists also commonly report difficulties in deciding whether it is more important to emphasize the therapeutic relationship or use of techniques in CBT.

What benefits can you expect from this workshop?

Through clinical demonstrations and structured experiential exercises, the workshop explicitly address therapist behaviors and qualities that promote a facilitative therapy relationship, including:

 Enhance relationships with CBT case formulation - use the CBT case formulation to adapt relationship elements for each client (e.g., empathy, goal consensus, positive regard/ affirmation, feedback)

 Engage and motivate clients with collaborative empiricism - learn the stages in empiricism to set-up techniques that are tailored for each client, from the point of selection through their evaluation

 Harness ownership and hope with Socratic Dialogue and guided discovery - learn stages of a 'true' discovery and appraise the role of the therapist influence/ persuasion

Such knowledge is particularly important in achieving optimal outcomes for clients, especially those with persistent interpersonal difficulties and complex presentations.

Who should participate?

Mental health professionals with knowledge of CBT, beginning through advanced
About the presenter(s) Nikolaos Kazantzis, Ph.D., is a registered clinical psychologist with expertise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). As a clinician, he has worked in various public health settings (inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health), including a specialist Cognitive Therapy Centre. He developed group-based CBT treatment programs for anxiety and mood disorders for a private psychology clinic and currently works in a private medical centre, where he provides CBT for adults and specialist CBT supervision.

As a workshop presenter for clinical psychologists and other health professionals, he is appreciated for his depth of knowledge, compassion, and engaging presentation style. He has presented over 50 workshops and developed CBT training programs for more than 4,000 professionals in 11 countries worldwide. His clear, organised, and practical workshops blend the latest scientific developments on the role of therapeutic process with clinical innovation.

Dr. Kazantzis is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Founder of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Research Unit at La Trobe University. He is current Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Psychological Society's "Australian Psychologist", and his collaborative research has resulted in over 100 scholarly publications, including three practitioner books, which have been translated into several languages.
CPD Hours
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7 hours
[APS Institute CPD]
Location NSW Metro, Australia
Venue Citigate Central
169-179 Thomas Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 17 Nov 2012
Time 9am - 5pm with registration from 8.30am
Cost APS Member $295, APS Student Member $210, Non APS Member $445
Organiser APS National Office
Contact Name APS Events Team
Telephone 03 8662 3300
Fax 03 9663 6177
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