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Action, Dialogue & Discovery: Reflections on Socratic Questioning 25 Years Later (Germany 2019)

July 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm CEST

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BERLIN, GERMANY – INVITED ADDRESS by Christine A. Padesky, PhD, at the 9th World Congress for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies

This is a must attend event. Over 4,000 delegates from 80 countries are registered to attend the World Congress. Held at the CityCube in Berlin.

TITLE OF INVITED ADDRESS: Action, Dialogue & Discovery: Reflections on Socratic Questioning 25 Years Later

DATE and TIME of Padesky’s Address:  Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Keynote Presenter: Christine A. Padesky, PhD

Keynote Description:

Today’s keynote summarizes the evolution of my thinking about Socratic methods over the past 25 years. The original 4-stage model of Socratic questioning is intact but we now emphasize its collaborative and interactive nature by calling it Socratic dialogue. Discovery is still the ultimate goal but the nature of these discoveries has expanded over the decades. In addition to examining existing beliefs, we now employ Socratic dialogue in the context of action therapy methods to identify strengths, guide development of new beliefs and behaviours, and inject greater potential for discovery into practical self-help exercises.

Socratic questioning, now called Socratic dialogue, is no longer a chair-bound, predominantly cognitive intervention. Instead, it is most effective when paired with action-packed therapy methods such as behavioural experiments, role plays, imagery, and interactive writing. [su_quote]Pairing these action methods with Socratic dialogue increases engagement, elicits here and now data, and ensures discoveries are more memorable.[/su_quote]

One of the most frequently downloaded papers from our website is my first keynote address, delivered at the London EABCT conference in 1993 and titled, “Socratic questioning: Changing minds or guiding discovery?” It described and illustrated four stages of Socratic questioning and argued that the purpose of Socratic methods in CBT should be to guide discovery, not change minds.

Key References

Kazantzis, N., Fairburn, C.G., Padesky, C.A., Reinecke, M., & Teeseon, M. (2014). Unresolved issues regarding the research and practice of cognitive behaviour therapy: The case of guided discovery using Socratic Questioning. Behaviour Change, 3, 1-17.

Padesky, C.A. (1993, September). Socratic questioning: Changing minds or guiding discovery? Invited keynote address presented at the 1993 European Congress of Behaviour and Cognitive Therapies, London. [available from fundamentals section on]

Padesky, C. A. & Mooney, K.A. (2012). Strengths-based Cognitive- Behavioural Therapy: A four-step model to build resilience. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 19 (4), 283-90. [available from]


Christine A. Padesky, PhD, Co-Founder of Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California is a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a leading CBT innovator. Along with Kathleen Mooney, PhD, she created Strengths-Based CBT which helps clients construct new beliefs and behavioural strategies in order to improve overall functioning and relationships. Included in this approach is a 4-step protocol which helps people build a personal model of resilience. Padesky has taught more than 500 workshops on 5 continents, provides consultation for therapists, hospitals and mental health clinics worldwide ( and develops audio & video therapist training materials ( Her presentations integrate theory, empiricism, creativity, audience interaction, practical skills and humour.

The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP) awarded Padesky an Honorary Fellowship in 2017.
In addition, she is recipient of BABCP’s Most Influential International CBT Therapist award, the California Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy’s Aaron T. Beck Award for her enduring contributions to the field.

Padesky is co-author of five books, including Mind Over Mood, 2nd Edition ( With over a million copies sold world-wide in 23 languages, the first edition was named the most influential CBT book of all time by BABCP and was an inaugural winner of the Book of Merit award from ABCT. The second edition of Mind Over Mood was 2nd place winner of the 2016 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Consumer Health Category. Two more books await publication — the Clinician’s Guide to Mind Over Mood, 2nd Edition (in press, Guilford Publications, with Dennis Greenberger) and a book on Socratic methods and guided discovery processes in CBT (publication expected 2020, Oxford University Press, co-edited with Helen Kennerley). Her other books include Collaborative Case Conceptualization (co-authored with Kuyken and Dudley).

CONFERENCE THEME: Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies at the Crossroads

A Description From the Organizers: The theme of this Congress is important in several ways. Firstly, CBT is evolving at a rapid pace and in many directions, such that we may well be at the crossroads in terms of maintaining a unified field of theory and practice. Secondly, the development of an integrated and comprehensive bio-psycho-social models, with which to underpin clinical practice, remains a fundamental goal. Thirdly, the variety of problems, including both mental and physical disorders, being targeted with CBT interventions by worldwide health systems are constantly expanding. Fourthly, after over half a century of progress, our field stands ready to emerge as an internationally recognized approach to tackling global health issues and must meet this challenge effectively.


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Early Bird: until 28 March 2019
Late Fee: 29 March – 11 July 2019
Onsite Fee: 17 July 2019

The Registration Fee for Delegates Covers:

  • Admission to Scientific Sessions from 18th – 20th July 2019 except for the Congress Workshops
  •  Admission to Exhibition Area and Poster Area
  •  Congress Documents
  • Access to the Online Abstracts
  • Refreshments each day
  • Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception on Wednesday 18th July 2019

The Registration Fee for Accompanying Persons Covers:

  • Admission to Exhibition Area and Poster Area
  • Refreshments each day
  • Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception on Wednesday 18th July 2019

CityCube Berlin
Messedamm 26
14055 Berlin

SPONSOR: WCBCT (World Congress of Behavioural & Cognitive Therapies)


July 18, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CEST
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