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.
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