Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Workshops by Christine Padesky

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Strengths-Based CBT for Vulnerable Clients & Chronic Issues (London 2015)

May 18, 2015 May 19, 2015 PDT

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2015 LONDON, ENGLAND –  two day / 12 hour workshop

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ARCHIVAL NOTE: After 24 years of sponsoring workshops, Cognitive Workshops retired their business in January 2019 and closed down their website Cognitive Workshops sponsored 67 of Christine Padesky workshops from September 1995 through November 2018 in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. 


Most therapists want to improve clients’ sense of well-being and overall quality of life, in addition to relieving distress. This is especially true for vulnerable clients with complex issues and those who suffer social stigma because of chronic mental health problems. For these clients, Strengths-Based CBT (SB-CBT) can provide a more positive therapy experience than therapy approaches that are solely problem focused.

An emphasis on strengths and resilience is a welcome change for clients who may feel worse when therapy is solely focused on problems, especially when change comes slowly.

While SB-CBT methods can be used with most types of clients, this new workshop by master clinician Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D. places special emphasis on demonstrating SB-CBT with vulnerable clients and chronic issues.

Learn how to

  • identify client strengths even when clients deny their existence
  • help clients build a personal model of resilience
  • incorporate strengths-based methods into classic CBT protocols, and
  • use the NEW Paradigm approach to address chronic issues

Padesky demonstrates SB-CBT applications under both ideal and then more challenging circumstances. Each demonstration highlights subtle decision points that guide her SB-CBT practice.

For example

  • When and how do you identify client strengths and bring these into client awareness?
  • What nonverbal therapist behaviors are essential to foster client resilience and change?
  • When and how do you decide to help a client build a personal model of resilience?
  • How do you decide when it might be better to construct new beliefs and behaviors rather than test the old ones?

photo of christine padeskyTHIS IS A “SHOW ME” WORKSHOP

A “Show Me!” workshop takes you inside a master clinician’s mind during clinical demonstrations, with plenty of time after to debrief, discuss, and try it for yourself.

How often do you watch a master clinician at work and wonder, “How did she know to ask that?” “Why did she do that?” Past workshop participants frequently comment that some of the best learning in Christine Padesky’s workshops comes from her clinical demonstrations.

Listening to this feedback, Dr. Padesky decided to structure a new workshop series around clinical demonstrations, rather than didactic presentations. In this first workshop of her new “Show Me!” series, she reveals what is going through her mind during demonstrations of Strengths-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (SB-CBT) applications with vulnerable clients.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions such as:

  • What are the principles of Strengths-Based CBT?
  • How do these guide my therapy choices?
  • How does this person fit or not fit with what evidence-based practice tells me to do?
  • What if there are many evidence-based paths to take? Or none?
  • How do I decide what to do?

After each demonstration, experiential learning activities offer opportunities to practice and discover gaps in knowledge and skill. Dr. Padesky answers questions and provides clarifying demonstrations during these practice periods.


logo for Strengths Based CBT workshopOver the past decades, Padesky and Mooney have introduced a number of clinical innovations into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) including use of constructive language, four stages of Socratic dialogue, therapeutic use of smiling, positive imagery, and methods to construct new beliefs and behavioral patterns. These contributions are now integrated into a unified model they call Strengths-Based CBT which has three areas of application. [su_spacer size=”5″]


  1. Integrate strengths within classic CBT
  2. Help clients become more resilient using a four-step model
  3. Create a NEW Paradigm for clients with chronic problems


  • OBSERVE the thought processes of a master clinician at work
  • PRACTICE questions which help vulnerable clients identify strengths
  • BROADEN your abilities to utilize client strengths
  • BECOME more aware of your nonverbal communications to clients
  • BUILD vulnerable clients’ resilience
  • INTEGRATE SB-CBT with classic CBT
  • ELICIT positive imagery to promote change
  • PRACTICE NEW Paradigm methods that address chronic issues

This workshop is suited for therapists of all knowledge levels: novice, intermediate and expert. Therapists with similar levels of experience are paired for role plays to maximize the learning value of these exercises.

If you have attended Dr. Padesky’s previous strengths-based workshops (Building Resilience, Simplifying Personality Disorder Treatment with the NEW Paradigm) you will have opportunities to refresh and update your skills, compare your clinical use of these models with Dr. Padesky’s demonstrations, and develop a deeper understanding of Strengths-Based CBT.

Join Padesky in London for this unique learning opportunity to see Strengths-Based CBT in action with vulnerable clients and chronic issues.


Christine A. Padesky, PhD

Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D., is considered one of the leading CBT presenters in the world, appreciated for her depth of knowledge, compassion, and good-humored warmth. She has presented over 450 workshops to more than 50,000 professionals throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia as well as 25 workshops with cognitive therapy’s founder, Aaron T. Beck, M.D. Her clear, organized and compelling presentations integrate theory, empiricism, creativity, practical skills, and audience interaction.

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. Dr. Padesky is a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and former President of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. In 2002, the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) named Dr. Padesky the “Most Influential International Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist.” In 2003 she received recognition for her Distinguished Contribution to Psychology from the California Psychological Association. In 2007 the Academy of Cognitive Therapy honored her with its Aaron T. Beck Award for enduring contributions to the field.

Dr. Padesky provides consultation to mental health professionals, clinics, hospitals and groups worldwide. She develops audio CD and DVD training materials (described at that demonstrate cognitive therapy processes and protocols and is a featured therapist in several award-winning educational films. She is co-author of books translated into 23 languages including Collaborative Case Conceptualization, Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders, Clinician’s Guide to Mind Over Mood, and Cognitive Therapy with Couples. BABCP voted her best-selling cognitive therapy self-help book Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think ( the most influential cognitive therapy book of all time.

May 18, 2015 – May 19, 2015 all-day

Logan Hall – University of London Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
University of London, London WC1H 0AL  UK

COST (All prices include VAT, refreshments, and extensive handouts)
Early bird (until March 31): 229 GBP
Regular Rate (after March 31): 259 GBP
Student Rate: 189 GBP

Brian Toller, CognitiveWorkshops
+44 0800 169 8763 (UK)


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May 18, 2015
May 19, 2015
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