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2-Day: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Practice: Effective Techniques for Treating Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Family-Based Turmoil

Monday, November 11, 2019 - Tuesday, November 12, 2019

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

Do you have a client who everyone else has given up on?

They’ve seen multiple therapists; without the relief, they want and deserve. Maybe you feel stuck with this client – and at this point, even the client believes they are not capable of getting better.

You can offer them hope … with practical interventions that are proven to WORK!

Evidence points to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as one of the most effective treatments for many chronic, recurring, and challenging mental health conditions. If you’ve been using CBT skills and aren’t getting the response you expected, then don’t miss this opportunity to master a fresh set of clinical tools and skills that will transform your practice. This is NOT a “one-strategy-fits-all” approach. This CBT course offers you a complete collection of practical ways to integrate this empirically supported approach in your very next session.

  • Proven, effective techniques you can use with your clients for the most common presenting problems … including anxiety, depression and trauma.

  • A collection of specific, practical tips with real-world examples to help you adapt these proven principles to fit your client’s unique needs … building a strong, collaborative relationship with them and shifting their negative beliefs without your client feeing disrespected or shamed.

  • Example script examples to masterfullyovercome the most common objections and problems therapists encounter at each stage of therapy.

  1. Formulate the key components of CBT practice.
  2. Implement rapport-building tips and tools to improve client trust.
  3. Choose methods for conducting CBT psychoeducation to elicit motivation from clients.
  4. Modify dysfunctional self-talk, thoughts and core beliefs.
  5. Develop case conceptualization skills for treatment of DSM-5® conditions.
  6. Assess behavioral techniques to modify maladaptive behaviors.
  7. Evaluate key behavioral activation strategies useful for alleviating treatment resistant depression.
  8. Recommend behavioral methods to overcome intrusive, obsessive compulsive thoughts.
  9. Utilize the latest developments in trauma work.
  10. Incorporate exposure and cognitive processing interventions used to treat PTSD and trauma.
  11. Measure symptom management strategies for disorders.
  12. Articulate the role of early maladaptive schemas in maintaining chronic conditions.
  13. Apply assessment tools for CBT with individual and family dysfunction.

CBT Checklist
  • The cognitive model
  • Measurements and assessments
  • Short term interventions
  • Demystifying the process
  • Accountability and independence
  • Collaboration
  • Education
  • Continuity of sessions
  • Establishing a therapeutic alliance
  • Research risks and limitations
Techniques Used in CBT
  • Empirical practice
  • Case conceptualization roadmap
Cognitive Tools and Strategies
  • Session agenda and assessment
  • Automatic thoughts
  • Core beliefs, assumptions, reactions, and coping
  • Situational reactions
Modifying Rigid Cognitions and Core Beliefs
  • Confronting automatic thoughts
  • Cognitive distortions and automatic thoughts
  • Modifying core beliefs
Behavioral Tools and Strategies
  • Behaviorism in practice
  • Systematic desensitization
  • Hierarchy of fears
  • Emotional and behavioral exposure
  • Relaxation, breathing and mindfulness
  • Goal setting and progress check
  • Positive engagement and communication strategies
  • Target behavior selection
  • Behavior assessment
  • Homework tasks
Offshoot Models and Third Wave Approaches
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based CBT
CBT for Depression and Suicide
  • Risk assessment strategies for suicidal ideation
  • Cognitive model and modifying negative cognitions
  • Behavioral activation
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Activity monitoring and scheduling
  • Gratitude and meaning
CBT for Anger
  • Cognitive model of anger
  • Symptom management
  • The zone of intervention
CBT for Anxiety
  • Cognitive model of anxiety
  • OCD, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic Disorders, Phobias
  • Hierarchy work
  • Subjective Units of Distress Scale
  • Exposure and Response Prevention
  • Intrusive thoughts metacognitive strategies
  • Behavioral experiments
CBT for Trauma and PTSD
  • Neurological and memory foundations of trauma
  • Prolonged Exposure
  • Trauma narratives
  • Childhood memories, traumas and core beliefs
  • Experiential techniques
Family Turmoil and the Cognitive Model
  • Family-based core beliefs
  • The use of family support
  • The Parental Context
Application to Clinical Practice with Case Studies and Role Plans
Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Avidan Milevsky, Ph.D., LCPC, has over 20 years of experience specializing in the broad application of cognitive-behavioral interventions for multiple client difficulties. He is an associate professor of psychology at Ariel University in Israel and psychotherapist at Wellspring Counseling in Towson, MD.

His clinical research has produced over 100 conference presentations, more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and six books including, Will I Ever be Happy Again, Understanding Adolescents for the Helping Professional, and Sibling Issues in Therapy.

He has lectured to audiences in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, and the Middle-East on various topics including cognitive-behavioral interventions for individual and family issues, parenting, sibling relationships, and the Intersection between spirituality and mental health. Dr. Milevsky has been interviewed by national media about his work including stories in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, Real Simple, and Allure magazine. Additionally, Dr. Milevsky is a columnist for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post on well-being issues. He has been a guest expert on TV and radio including an appearance on Public Radio International’s “The Takeaway”.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Avidan Milevsky has an employment relationship with Wellspring Counseling. Towson, MD. He is an associate professor of Psychology at Ariel University in Israel. He is the executive director of The Center for Mental Health in Israel. Dr. Milevsky receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Avidan Milevsky is a member of the American Psychological Association.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Connecticut Addiction Counselors: Provider #120924. This course has been approved as a CCB approved training and has been awarded 12.5 hours by the Connecticut Certification Board.

This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Connecticut Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

Rhode Island Counselors: CE credit is available. This activity has been approved by the Rhode Island Mental Health Counselor's Association. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 12.5 CEUs.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Psychologists & Psychiatrists

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 12.5 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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