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Incorporating Strengths into Collaborative Case Conceptualization to Build Resilience (Switzerland 2012)

August 29, 2012 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT

European Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Therapy



PRESENTER: Christine A. Padesky, PhD

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Padesky offers a step-by-step model to guide therapists’ treatment planning with complex cases, especially when no single treatment model applies. This approach incorporates three guiding principles: (1) collaborative empiricism (2) three levels of conceptualization that evolve over the course of therapy, and (3) incorporation of client strengths into each level of conceptualization so therapy is designed to both relieve distress and build resilience

book cover for collaborative case conceptualizationWhile this workshop demonstrates all three principles, there is an emphasis on incorporation of client strengths into case conceptualization. Dr. Padesky models how to incorporate client culture, personal interests, imagery, and metaphors into constructive, strengths-based conceptual models. In addition to the opportunity to participate in structured exercises designed to develop relevant skills, participants explore the implications of explicitly adding a strengths and resilience focus to CBT conceptualization and treatment. This multimedia program enhances learning via live and video clinical demonstrations, structured role plays, small group exercises, and comprehensive handouts.

Dr. Padesky is internationally renowned for her ability to convey complex clinical processes with simplicity, depth and humanity. In addition, audiences appreciate her clinical excellence, warmth, clarity and humor.

Don’t miss out! Learn this innovative approach that Aaron T. Beck calls “a gold standard for how to develop individualized case conceptualizations with our clients.”


  • DIFFERENTIATE between three levels of case conceptualization
  • IMPROVE your awareness of how to search for “hidden” client strengths
  • PRACTICE methods to bring strengths into client awareness
  • COLLABORATE with your clients to construct conceptualizations that incorporate strengths as well as vulnerabilities
  • EXPLORE the added value of identifying client-generated metaphors and imagery


Kuyken, W., Padesky, C. A., & Dudley, R. (2009). Collaborative case conceptualization: Working effectively with clients in cognitive-behavioral therapy. New York: Guilford. (read the FIRST CHAPTER online – visit the book section of

Mooney, K.A., & Padesky, C.A. (2000). Applying client creativity to recurrent problems: Constructing possibilities and tolerating doubt. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, 14 (2), 149-161. [article available online from the clinical corner section of]

SPONSOR: 42nd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Behavioural and Cognitivie Therapies /



August 29, 2012
9:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT
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