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Socratic Dialogue: A 4-Stage Model of Discovery (USA 2022)

November 3, 2022 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm PDT

Time and Date posted are for Pacific Daylight Time. The event time in Central Time Zone is 1-2 pm.


A one hour VIRTUAL WEBINAR for mental health professionals and students in a mental health field.

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Socratic Dialogue: A 4-Stage Model of Discovery is a one hour VIRTUAL webinar 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). Don’t miss this training opportunity to learn best practices from one of the world’s leading experts on Socratic Dialogue.


  • LIST the four stages of Socratic dialogue
  • DESCRIBE three common circumstances in which Socratic Dialogue is likely to be utilized in CBT sessions
  • IDENTIFY two common therapist behaviors that lead clients to say “Yes, but…” and describe what therapists can do to minimize the likelihood of this response.

Dr. Christine Padesky is a leading cognitive behavior therapy innovator, lecturer and consultant to therapists worldwide. Along with Kathleen Mooney, PhD, Dr. Padesky is co-founder of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California and co-creator of Strengths-Based CBT. She is a visiting Professor at the University of East London. Her clear, organized and compelling presentations integrate theory, empiricism, creativity, and practical skills. Her awards include the Aaron T. Beck Award for her enduring contributions to the field from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award from the California Psychological Association. She has authored six books including Mind Over Mood, The Clinician’s Guide to CBT Using Mind Over Mood, and Collaborative Case Conceptualization. Her co-edited book on Socratic dialogue in psychotherapy will be released in March, 2023 by Oxford University Press. She produces audio and video therapist training materials available from the Digital Padesky Store on her website and brief clinical tips available on her YouTube channel:


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