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James Pretzer March 24th, 2008 01:12 PM

CBT Workshops, Cleveland, May/June, 2008
Tired of being crowded into a hotel ballroom? Stay up-to-date, master new skills, and meet Continuing Education requirements with programs designed for today’s busy practitioner:
• Expert faculty who relate new research to the realities of clinical practice.
• Class size limited to encourage discussion and interaction.
• Live and videotaped demonstrations of intervention techniques.
• Hands-on practice with the interventions which are presented.
• Faculty available locally and via e-mail for follow-up.
Drowning in Treasure: CBT for Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring (Fri., May 9; Salkin)
Hoarding is a problem which has "come out of the closet" recently. Many practitioners are seeing individuals who lose control over the impulse to acquire things or who are unable to discard possessions. This problem can take many forms: the bargain-hunter who stockpiles more than will ever be needed, the collector who loses control of his or her collections, the packrat who cannot discard worn out items. This workshop will focus both on understanding compulsive hoarding/acquiring and on treatment approaches for this refractory problem. Objectives: Participants will be able to apply cognitive-behavioral principles to understanding compulsive acquiring and hoarding. They will be able to design a treatment approach, increase motivation for change, apply specific intervention techniques, and overcome impasses.

CBT with Children and Adolescents (Mon., May 12; Pretzer)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for many problems. However, many of the CBT interventions that work well with adults seem poorly suited to working with children and adolescents. Learn how to make CBT child-friendly without sacrificing its effectiveness. Objectives: Participants will be able to apply the principles of CBT to understand the behavioral and emotional problems of children and adolescents, develop effective and strategic cognitive-behavioral interventions, and choose between individual therapy, family therapy, and other intervention approaches. They will be able to modify CBT to be developmentally appropriate for children and adolescents and to implement strategies designed to maximize motivation for change and minimize noncompliance.

East Meets West: Mindfulness- Based Interventions in CBT (Fri., May 16; Pretzer)
One of the hottest topics in contemporary CBT is the incorporation of mindfulness techniques borrowed from Buddhist and Christian meditative traditions into research-based psychotherapy approaches. Prominent examples include Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and the use of mindfulness techniques in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Proponents argue that mindfulness techniques provide a radically different means of reducing emotional distress and dealing with dysfunctional cognitions. Objectives: Participants will understand contemporary approaches to integrating mindfulness techniques into CBT, will be able to summarize current empirical evidence regarding the use of mindfulness in CBT, and will gain experience with a number of mindfulness-based interventions.

Let Me Off the Rollercoaster: Cognitive Therapy with Bipolar Disorder (Sat., May 17; Fleming)
Cognitive Therapy is well established as an effective treatment for depression, but Bipolar Disorder presents additional challenges. Mood swings and manic episodes call for more than standard Cognitive Therapy of depression. Recent research has shown that, with appropriate modifications, Cognitive Therapy can be quite effective with Bipolar Disorder. This workshop will presume that participants are familiar with Cognitive Therapy for unipolar depression and will focus specifically on treating Bipolar Disorder. Objectives: Participants will be able to explain current cognitive-behavioral perspectives on Bipolar Disorder and contemporary intervention strategies. They will understand techniques for dealing with manic episodes and mood swings, harm-reduction strategies, relapse-prevention techniques, and principles for combining Cognitive Therapy with medication in the treatment of Bipolar Disorder.

Betrayal: Infidelity, Jealousy, Anger, and Distressed Relationships (Mon,, May 19; Salkin)
Betrayal is one of the most common issues affecting couples who present for relationship counseling. Although individual issues may influence both betrayal and dysfunctional responses to betrayal, this cognitive-behaviorally based workshop will focus on the sets of skills couples need to develop in order to recover from a breach of trust and to achieve new levels of intimacy and connectedness. The goal is to enable therapists to offer much more than help deciding whether to stay or leave. Objectives: Participants will learn principles of effective intervention with couples; will learn techniques specific to intervening in cases of infidelity, anger and jealousy; and will be able to apply specific techniques in the treatment of distressed couples.

Overcoming Panic: CBT with Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia (Mon., June 9; Fleming)

Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia can very disabling and usually do not respond well to conventional psychotherapy. However, CBT can provide an effective treatment approach that produces good long-term results. This workshop will provide an introduction to cognitive-behavioral therapy with anxiety disorders and the application of these principles to the treatment of Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. Objectives: Participants will understand the cognitive-behavioral theory of anxiety and anxiety disorders, will be able to apply this understanding to Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia, and will be familiar with a range of specific treatment strategies.

Location - Seminars will meet at the Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy’s west-side office at 26777 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, Ohio. Directions will be included in the materials mailed to those who enroll.

Fee - Tuition is $100 for each full-day program with a $10 per person group discount when two or more persons register jointly for the same program or a $10 per workshop discount when you sign up for more than one workshop.

CE Credit - CE credit is available for most mental health disciplines.

For more information and a registration form, email James Pretzer, Ph.D. at


Barbara Fleming, Ph.D.
Director, Anxiety Treatment Center.
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1981. Post-doctoral Fellowship with Aaron T. Beck, MD at the University of Pennsylvania, 1982. Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Dept. of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Former Director, Phobia Clinic, University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Co-author: Clinical Applications of Cognitive Therapy (Plenum Press, 1990, 2004), Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders (Guilford, 1990, 2004).
Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

Warren D. Salkin, Ph.D., LICDC
Director, PsychSource.
Ph.D., University of Akron, 1983. 25 years as a clinician, trainer, and consultant. Experienced as a behavioral health consultant to Fortune 100 companies. Experienced with private, public non-profit, inpatient, out-patient, corporate, and media settings.
Former President: Cleveland Psychological Association.

James Pretzer, Ph.D.
Director, Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy.
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1981. Post-doctoral Fellowship with Aaron T. Beck, MD at the University of Pennsylvania, 1982. Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Dept. of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Co-author: Clinical Applications of Cognitive Therapy (Plenum Press, 1990, 2004) Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders (Guilford, 1990, 2004).
Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

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