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Pop Up CBT – Build Resilience with Strengths-Based CBT (USA 2019)

July 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm CDT

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BURNSVILLE, MINNESOTA, USA – Christine A. Padesky, PhD & Kathleen A. Mooney, PhD at the Cashman Center

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TITLE OF WORKSHOP: Build Resilience with Strengths-Based CBT

DATE and TIME: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

TO REGISTER: contact Lois Kemmet, MSW @ the Cashman Center. Call 952-224-8990

Presenters: Christine A. Padesky, PhD & Kathleen A. Mooney, PhD

Workshop Description

In the face of adversity, even the strongest among us sometimes find it hard to stay resilient. Some people have never felt resilient. In this workshop, Padesky & Mooney teach a 4-step protocol to help clients build a personal model of resilience (PMR™). Their protocol and model are easily integrated with classic CBT approaches and other evidence-based therapies.

Drawing on the principles of Strengths-Based CBT (Padesky & Mooney, 2012), three key methods are highlighted:

  1. How to identify relevant strengths
  2. Guided discovery approaches used to elicit and construct a personal model of resilience
  3. Debriefing behavioral experiments using a resilience focus

This strengths-based approach can be integrated within all forms of evidence-based psychotherapy practice. Just a few sessions is required to boost client awareness and practice of resilience. In addition, there is evidence from pilot research (Victor, Teismann, & Willutzki, 2017) that this 4-step model to build resilience can be used as a brief/3 session independent intervention to build resilience, self-esteem and well-being and reduce the risk of psychopathology in nonclinical populations such as university students.

Participants are strongly encouraged to download and read Padesky & Mooney’s 2012 article before attending the workshop. Greater familiarity with this material will foster increased depth of workshop learning. Download the 2012 article from

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Identify areas of client strengths that relate to resilience
  2. Critique guided discovery methods used to elicit a client-generated personal model of resilience (PMR™)
  3. Debrief experiments applying the PMR™ using a resilience focus

Key References

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]

Victor, P.P., Teismann, T., Willutzki, U. (2017). A pilot evaluation of a strengths-based CBT intervention module with college students, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 45, 427-431. Doi:10.1017/S1352465816000552. [Abstract available from]

Victor P, Krug I, Vehoff C, Lyons N, Willutzki U (2018) Strengths-based CBT: Internet-Based Versus Face-to-Face Therapy in A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Depress Anxiety 7: 301. Doi: 10.4172/2167-1044.1000301. [Available download from:]


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Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and internationally renowned CBT innovator appreciated for her ability to integrate theory, empiricism, creativity, and practical skills. She is an Honorary Fellow of the BABCP, a Distinguished Founding Fellow and recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Award from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award from the California Psychological Association. In 2002, BABCP members voted her “Most Influential International CBT Therapist” and named her book, Mind Over Mood (Greenberger & Padesky), the most influential CBT book of all time. The Mind Over Mood 2nd Edition (2016) won 2nd place in the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, consumer health category.

Kathleen A. Mooney, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and, with Dr. Padesky, co-founded the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California (USA) and co-developed all of Dr. Padesky’s workshops over the past 35 years. She has taught CBT workshops in nine countries on topics as diverse as anxiety, personality disorders, therapist beliefs, creativity, and resilience. She co-produces audio and video CBT training materials for mental health professionals and designs and manages three web sites, two exclusively for mental health professionals (, and one for the general public ( She is a Diplomate and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. 

Together, Drs. Mooney and Padesky co-developed Strengths-based CBT (CBT-SB). Their creative partnership is at the core of all their individual, joint and collaborative work projects since 1981.

$80 (includes lunch)

Cashman Center
2970 Judicial Road Ste 100
Burnsville MN 55337

SPONSOR: Cashman Center

TO REGISTER: contact Lois Kemmet, MSW @ the Cashman Center. Call 952-224-8990


July 3, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT
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