Beck Meets Freud? Cognitive Therapy in Depth

Venue: Metro-Central YMCA

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Event Date/Time: Dec 01, 2005 End Date/Time: Dec 02, 2005
Early Registration Date: Sep 15, 2005
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Led by James Pretzer.

Cognitive therapists dealing with childhood traumas, transference and countertransference, dreams, and fantasies? There's more to cognitive therapy than meets the eye. Cognitive therapy is widely known as an effective short-term treatment for depression and a range of other disorders. However, many therapists view cognitive therapy as a symptomatic treatment that cannot really address "deep" issues such as resistance, family of origin problems, and the complexities of the therapeutic relationship. This workshop is designed to help therapists of all orientations to deal more effectively with these complex issues. It is appropriate both for experienced cognitive-behavioural therapists and for therapists who are experienced with other psychotherapeutic approaches.

Participants will develop an understanding of cognitive therapy's approach to issues that are often seen as the domain of psychodynamic therapies, including the complexities of the therapeutic relationship, resistance to change, trauma, and other family of origin issues, and dealing with dreams, fantasies, and imagery. Participants will learn how to modify cognitive-behavioural approaches in order to apply them more effectively when profound issues complicate therapy. Participants will be able to identify cognitive-behavioural interventions that are particularly useful in making deep and lasting changes and to apply them within their own approach to psychotherapy.

You will learn:
- Cognitive therapy's perspective on transference, countertransference, and other complexities of the therapeutic relationship
- Ways to structure treatment in order to minimize resistance, increase motivation for change, and maximize treatment adherence
- How to modify cognitive-behavioural therapy to better address long-standing interpersonal and intrapersonal problems
- Methods for identifying family of origin issues and addressing them within both short-term and long-term therapy
- Techniques for using dreams, fantasy, and imagery
- Methods for accomplishing deep change and minimizing the risk of relapse


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