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Psychodrama and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: An Integrative Approach

Event number: 18793
6 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Mr Michael Burge, OAM FAPS

The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Psychodrama integrative framework aims to assist clients’ own capacity to move beyond their symptoms through role development, spontaneity, self- calming, multiple perspectives and the creation of a more objective cognitive schema. The program will be of relevance to group members who wish to build on their skill base from previous workshops in this area, or as an introduction for new members. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has received increasing support for its efficacy in the treatment of PTSD, Depression, Anxiety and other conditions. Still, research also shows that dropout rates are high and that there is a significant proportion if patients that have experienced limited success. Recent research also indicates that it may be of advantage to include expressive adjunctive approaches such as techniques drawn from psychodrama to improve CBT efficacy. For example, during trauma focused exposure therapy it may advantages to integrate psychodramatic techniques that focus on the way in which somatic disturbance is stored in the body to limit severe dissociative episodes and emotional numbing that could lead to cessation of the intervention. The cognitive restructuring of core beliefs may also be enhanced through these integrative procedures. 

Learning Outcomes

 On completion of this workshop, participants will be able: 

• To describe the fundamental theory underpinning the integration of psychodrama and cognitive behaviour therapy that is relevant to the treatment of PTSD, Depression and anxiety.

 • To identify core components of CBT and psychodrama therapy that may be integrated and applied to treat PTSD, depression and anxiety. 

• To utilize CBT psychodrama integrative therapy techniques in order to maintain stability through trauma narrative development and processing. 

• To conceptualize client maladaptive schemas and roles that perpetuate PTSD symptomology. 

About the presenter(s)

Michael Burge is Director of the Australian College of Trauma Treatment, recent former Director on the Board of Directors of the Australian Psychological Society, and has had over 30 years’ experience in psychology, counselling, education and training. He has been working clinically in the area of PTSD for approximately 26 years. Michael has published both nationally and internationally in the field of PTSD, with a particular focus on psychosocial issues affecting Vietnam veterans and their families. Michael was Keynote Speaker at the 2015 ANZMHA International Conference. In the early 1990s, Michael introduced PTSD skills based short courses and workshops into Australia and as guest lecturer to most Melbourne universities. In the 2010 Australia Day Honours, Michael was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to psychology and to the community through the development of training and treatment protocols for trauma. He is former state president of the EMDR association and former chair of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Psychological Society.


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Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Start date: 2/9/2017
End date: 2/9/2017
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Registration at 9am)


CCOUNP member $240
CCOUNP student member $200
APS member: $310
APS student member: $235
Non APS member: $350


APS - College of Counselling Psychologists - VIC
Contact Michelle Pangallo
0412 305 572