CBT: A Primer for Psychotherapists

July 29, 2019 – August 2, 2019 all-day
N. Falmouth Cape Cod

The influence of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is widening. From its beginnings as a treatment for specific phobias, CBT is now indicated as primary or adjunctive treatment for a wide range of mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Simultaneously, cognitive impairments are increasingly being viewed as core disturbances in several neuropsychiatric disorders and are benefited by a cognitive approach such as cognitive remediation.

At the same time, psychodynamic and other forms of psychotherapy remain extremely popular and sought-after methods of treatment. CBT and psychodynamic psychotherapy represent two powerful methods of treatment. Th purpose of this course is to help dynamically oriented psychotherapists navigate the field of CBT, understand its methodology, and select interventions which may be of use in their current clinical work.

We will review efficacy data and therapeutic mechanisms for cognitive remediation approaches and discuss cognitive therapy approaches for bipolar disorder and for the treatment of delusions, hallucinations, and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. We will in part utilize a case presentation format, in which a case illustrating the subject matter of that morning will be presented and then discussed using the principles just developed. Live role-playing exercises will also be used to illustrate the application of social skills training principles and methods for induction of the relaxation response. Participants will be invited to present their own cases for consultation.

Robert M. Goisman, MD and Matcheri S. Keshavan, MD. See bios on website..