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Self-Directed Coping Skills: The Example of Assertive Behavior: Marvin R. Goldfried, Ph.D.

  • 12/14/2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Virtual


  • Includes 1.5 CE Credits
  • Includes 1.5 CE Credit
  • No CE for student level of registration

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At this virtual CE journal club from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET, Marvin R. Goldfried, Ph.D., will guide us through Self-Directed Coping for strengthening specific assertive behaviors. Required reading includes:  "Assertiveness training: A forgotten evidence‐based treatment" and suggested includes: "Psychotherapy as Coping Skills Training"

Wisdom Wednesday CE events often include experiential practice of evidence-based procedures.  Dr. Goldfried will model guiding a client in overt behavioral rehearsal in support of cueing assertive behaviors as described in the chapter, "Psychotherapy as Coping Skills Training" Video footage of role play where assertive behavior is strengthened through behavioral / overt rehearsal, combined with ongoing feedback,  will be used for demonstration of the process of teaching assertive responding in therapy. 

The ongoing wisdom Wednesday series focuses on some of the transtheoretical constructs and processes of change that continue to emerge as therapeutic trans-diagnostically, including assertiveness, compassion, and other  factors that support exposure to corrective emotional experiences that promote learning, intentional change efforts, and the generalization of skills in a client's life. This is a continuation of the CE event where the focus was his article, Obtaining Consensus in Psychotherapy: What Holds Us Back?.  

Attendees are required to read the journal article, "Assertiveness training: A forgotten evidence‐based treatment" and  come prepared for respectful dialogue.  Attendees are encouraged to also listen to episodes 36 and 37 of Talking Therapy (episode 37 to be released 12/5/22) where the focus is also on assertiveness skills as well as episode 6 of Talking Therapy . In dialogue with Allen Frances, M.D. , Dr. Goldfried also describes the movement from unconscious incompetence to conscious incompetence, conscious competence and, following practice, unconscious competence  -- a process applicable to skills such as assertive behaviors. 

CE Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the procedure called Self-Directed Coping (SDC) that can be used to evoke adaptive behaviors such as assertive responding.
  • Describe how SDC, with practice, can support the movement from unconscious incompetence to conscious competence, using the specific behavior of assertive responding. 
Required Reading

Speed, B. C., Goldstein, B. L., & Goldfried, M. R. (2018). Assertiveness training: A forgotten evidence‐based treatment. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice25(1), e12216.

Suggested Reading

Goldfried, M. R. (1980). Psychotherapy as coping skills training. In Psychotherapy process (pp. 89-119). Springer, Boston, MA.

Marvin R. Goldfried, Ph.D.

Dr. Goldfried is a Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at Stony Brook University. He investigates the process of change in  psychotherapy, comparing different theoretical orientations for both common and unique processes. He is cofounder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration;  founding Editor of In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice; Past President of the  Society for Psychotherapy Research; and recipient of the American Psychological  Association (APA) Division of Clinical Psychology's 1998 award for Distinguished  Research Contributions to Clinical Psychology, the Division of Psychotherapy's  award for Distinguished Psychologist in the year 2000, the 2001 APA Award for  Distinguished Contributions to Knowledge, the 2002 Division 1 States Award for  Contributions Toward Unifying Psychology, the 2003 Association for the Advancement  of Behavior Therapy Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions, the 2004 APA Award  from the Society for the Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues, and the 2005  Society for Psychotherapy Research Distinguished Career Award. Recipient of the 2018 APA/American Psychological Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for the Application of Psychology.

He also is committed to clinical and research issues associated with  gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, and has developed a network of psychologists who have come out in open support of their lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender family members.  (For more information about AFFIRM: Psychologists Affirming their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,  and Transgender Family, see:

Above is excerpted from About Dr. Goldfried

Target Audience

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 Beginner.

Continuing Education

  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • This program provides one and a half (1.5) hours of CE credits.
  • PBTA is also an authorized provider of CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Full attendance with video display is required to obtain CE credit for this program. APA guidelines do not permit PBTA to issue partial CE credits. No refunds are provided for CE programs. No exceptions allowed.
  • * PBTA does not currently offer CE to practitioners licensed in the state of New York.
  • Those requiring accommodations please email 48-hours in advance to notify PBTA at
  • Zoom link is sent 48 hours before event start as well as the morning of this event.

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