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CBT: Things to try when you are stuck

Event number: 17367
7 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Dr Monica O'Kelly FAPS MCEDP MCCLP

CBT is a therapy mode that is a technology for change. It is not unusual however for therapists to feel stuck when working with clients with little change occurring. This may occur when the client does not appear to be making progress from session to session. Such a situation can lead to poor “customer satisfaction” on the part of the client, which may result in termination of therapy, and frustration on the part of the therapist. 

Having a thorough understanding of the stages in the therapy sequence and where the blocks may occur can help the therapist avoid the blocks in the first place and diagnose the blocks when they occur and respond appropriately thus facilitating change. This workshop will focus on having a thorough understanding of the process of CBT with clarification regarding where blocks frequently occur.  There will be a focus on development of skills to loosen up the blocks in the sequence to enable therapy progress to occur.  Whilst it is acknowledged that ruptures in the therapeutic alliance is a significant block dealing with this is not the focus of the workshop. 

Topics covered will include:

• Understanding the CBT sequence

• Increasing motivation

• Identifying and dealing with meta-emotions

• Identifying and dealing with meta-cognitions

• Identifying the hot cognitions

• Effective techniques to shift cognitions

• Effective use of behavioural intervention

 The workshop will include didactic presentations, either live or video demonstrations and active participation.

 Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the workshop participants will have:

• An understanding of the CBT sequence.

• Knowledge of where blocks occur in CBT.

• Skills in being able to deal with the blocks.

About the presenter(s)

Dr Monica O'Kelly is Director of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Australia. She is also Director of the Australian Institute for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and an adjunct senior lecturer in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry at Monash University. Monica has trained in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and is an Associate Fellow of the Institute. She has also completed the Extramural Training Program at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia and is a fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Monica has published many articles in the area of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. After leaving university, Monica worked as a psychologist with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of government and educational settings before going into private practice. In the thirty years Monica has been working as a psychologist, she has worked with clients suffering a range of problems. She enjoys helping people rebuild their lives after trauma, childhood abuse and a variety of anxiety conditions. Monica has particular expertise working with clients suffering sexual problems, work stress and other injuries. Monica sees herself as an emotional coach and enjoys working with competent people who wish to extend themselves. She has been involved in training mental health professionals in CBT for over 20 years. To date she has presented course throughout Australia as well as in New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia.


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The Mind Room
5 Glasshouse Rd
Collingwood, VIC 3066
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 28/5/2017
End date: 28/5/2017
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm


APS Member: $220.00
APS Student: $220.00
Non Member: $440.00


APS - Melbourne Branch
Contact Karen Holst
03 8662 3300