Core beliefs (CBs), are considered the most deeply held ideas people have about themselves, others, and the world. Such CBs drive assumptions and automatic thoughts about the world and contribute to maladaptive attributional styles that interfere with functioning and intended outcomes in living. When CBs are not adequately addressed in therapy they are a risk factor for recurrence of most psychiatric disorders. In this virtual presentation, attendees will be introduced to an integrative and experiential approach to CBT called Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy (TBCT) that may be more effective at changing belief systems than conventional thought records and logical disputation. Attendees will observe Dr. de Oliveira implement TBCT to identify and modify CBs about the self in a role play demonstration. Attendees will be introduced to the three-level, three-phase, case formulation approach of TBCT, for which the foundation is CBT. Attendees will observe implementation of one of TBCT’s main innovative techniques, the Trial-Based Thought Record (TBTR), a structured strategy that is presented as an analogy with Law, and in which the therapist engages the client in a simulation of the judicial process, to strengthen the “inner defense attorney” rather than the critical “inner prosecutor”.
CE Learning Objectives
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
Irismar Reis de Oliveira, MD, PhD, is a full Professor of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Bahia, in Brazil. His background includes activities as an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Head of the Psychiatry Service at the same university. He is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy (ABCT); Brazilian Association of Psychiatry; and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (ACT). He has written 120 articles, 20 book chapters and has edited/published six books. He developed Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy (www.trialbasedcognitivetherapy.com), and has trained therapists in the USA, Brazil and other countries in this model.
This presentation is intended for licensed mental health professionals and advanced graduate student trainees seeking licensure and with some clinical experience. The instructional level of this presentation is intermediate.
1. De-Oliveira, I. R. (2015). De-Oliveira, I. R. (2015). Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy: A Manual for Clinicians. Routledge, New York, 208 p.
2. De-Oliveira, I. R. (2016). Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy: Distinctive Features. Routledge, New York, 155 p.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) that integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). MBCT was originally developed to address the needs and challenges of recurrently depressed participants. Through effective integration of scientific findings and theory about emotion and its cognitive, physical, and (overt and covert) behavioral elements, MBCT has been shown to be a trans-therapeutic intervention of benefit to those with a range of transdiagnostic emotional disorders.
The path for competently and ethically teaching Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to those with emotional disorders includes, but is not limited to, participation in the traditional 8-session MBCT program in the role of student participant. Development of a habit of personal practice (see www.philabta.org/EBP) and ongoing peer support are other elements that are essential for ongoing teacher development.
This virtual and live workshop offers the opportunity to be a student participant of MBCT experientially, along with non-professionals, in the 8-session MBCT program. Enrollment will be open to both mental-health professionals and non-professionals. Meeting frequency is every-other-week. The traditional 8-session MBCT curriculum described in Segal, Williams, & Teasdale (2013) will be covered on a bi-weekly (every other week) schedule. See specific dates below. Concurrent with this training in MBCT there will be optional and additional CE trainings to support teacher development for those who want to teach a variety of Mindfulness-Based Programs (MBPs). Optional CE events will take place as part of Wise Intervention Wednesdays and Friday morning mindfulness offerings from varied instructors.
MBCT Meeting Schedule
All MBCT meetings, including orientation options, occur from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Orientation options: Two dates are offered for the orientation*. Friday 10/01/21 or Wednesday 10/6/21
*Attendance at one of the orientation dates is required to enroll in the this virtual MBCT training program . Separate CE is freely offered for orientation attendance to current PBTA members.
Sessions 1 to 4 starting 10/8 and then meeting 10/22; 11/5, & 12/3
Sessions 5 to 8 starting 1/7/22 and then meeting 1/21; 2/4 & 2/18
Required reading throughout MBCT training
The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress.
Describe the curriculum intentions, elements, and associated experiential practices of each of the eight sessions of the MBCT protocol.
Describe assessments used to assess mindfulness and compassion and their use in the MBCT curriculum.
Describe three specific mechanisms through which compassion is strengthened through participation in an MBCT program.
Chris Molnar, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and clinical investigator, founded Mindful Exposure Therapy for Anxiety and Psychological Wellness Center (META Center) in 2007. She completed post-doctoral fellowship training in traumatic stress, neuroscience, and psycho-physiology and is an expert in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, OCD, PTSD, emotional, and stress-related conditions using evidence-based practices. She has completed training to teach both Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She has adapted Relational Mindfulness Practices (MBPs) to the needs of highly distressed and stressed people in both individual and group therapy settings. At META Center, she offers integrative interventions grounded in findings about the brain, emotion, and learning to facilitate mental and behavioral habit change, even in the face of severe distress. Before founding META Center, she served as a clinical investigator and therapist supported by grants from the National Institute of Health and other agencies. She is also on the editorial board of Behavior Therapy and serves the public in many ways, through professional presentations, workshops, publications, and affiliations.
This presentation is intended for licensed mental health professionals and advanced graduate student trainees seeking licensure. The instructional level of this presentation is beginner.
Note: This workshop does not require attendees to have a formal mindfulness practice.
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