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Dialogues for Discovery: Socratic Dialogue in Action (Canada 2023)

March 17, 2023 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm PDT

: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Time zone shown is for Pacific Time. Event time at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is 1:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time.

3 HOUR VIRTUAL WORKSHOP presented by Christine A. Padesky, PhD

Our best psychotherapy sessions are often the ones in which clients make new discoveries that prove to be transformational, even in small ways. Socratic dialogue is one of the most effective ways to increase the likelihood of client discovery. Padesky offers live demonstrations of her 4-Stage Model of Socratic Dialogue (Padesky, 1993, 2019, 2020) along with guiding principles for its effective use. Recent research suggests clients may prefer Socratic therapy methods over didactic ones (Heiniger, Clark, & Egan, 2018). In addition, skillful therapist use of Socratic methods has been linked to better therapy outcomes (Braun et al., 2015; Farmer et al., 2017). Participants are encouraged to present case examples for live demonstrations.

Don’t miss this training opportunity to learn best practices from one of the world’s leading experts on Socratic Dialogue.


  • 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]
  • Padesky, C.A. (2019, July). Action, dialogue & discovery: Reflections on Socratic Questioning 25 years later. Invited keynote address presented at the 2019 World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Berlin. [available from]
  • Padesky, C.A. (2020). The Socratic Dialogue Rating Scale and Coding Manual. Manuscript available from:
  • Padesky, C.A. & Kennerley, H. (Editors). (in press). Dialogues for Discovery: Improving Psychotherapy’s Effectiveness. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [publication expected March, 2023]

Christine A. Padesky, PhD, Co-Founder of Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California is Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Visiting Professor at the University of East London, and a leading CBT innovator. She and Kathleen Mooney, PhD created Strengths-Based CBT which helps clients construct new beliefs and behavioral strategies in order to improve overall functioning and relationships. Padesky has taught more than 500 workshops on 5 continents, provides consultation for therapists, hospitals and mental health clinics worldwide ( and develops audio and video therapist training materials ( Her presentations integrate theory, empiricism, creativity, and practical skills. Dr. Padesky is recipient of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy ‘s (BABCP) Most Influential International CBT Therapist award and the California Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award. In 2007 she received the Aaron T. Beck Award from the Academy of CBT for her enduring contributions to the field.

Padesky is co-author of five books, including Mind Over Mood (, voted by BABCP the most influential CBT book of all time and Collaborative Case Conceptualization (Kuyken, Padesky & Dudley, 2009). The Clinician’s Guide to CBT Using Mind Over Mood (Padesky, 2020, Guilford Press) details her CBT practice vision. Her forthcoming book, Dialogues for Discovery: Improving Psychotherapy’s Effectiveness will be published in May by Oxford University Press.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

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