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

June 7, 2016 June 8, 2016 BST

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DERBY, UNITED KINGDOM  – 2 day / 12 hour workshop

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This is the University of Derby’s final workshop with Dr Padesky. After 2016, she plans to teach fewer workshops outside North America so she can complete several writing projects, devote more time to consultation, and develop international training programs that require less travel. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from her live and in person!

logo for Strengths Based CBT workshopWHAT IS STRENGTHS-BASED CBT?

Over 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.


  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


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


“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 “Show Me!” type workshop, she reveals what is going through her mind during demonstrations of 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 says to do?
  • What if there are many evidence-based paths to take? Or none? How do I decide what to do?

Dr. Padesky demonstrates SB-CBT applications under both ideal and more challenging circumstances. 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.

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?


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

College of Health and Social Care
University of Derby

Christine A. Padesky, PhD
Padesky brief biography

June 7-8, 2016 (9 am – 5:00 pm)

University of Derby – Enterprise Centre
37 Bridge St
Derby DE1 3LA
United Kingdom

Early Bird: 225 GBP (before 31 March 2016)
Full Price: 250 GBP
Staff & Students: 200 GBP (ID required)


Joanna Atkinson



June 7, 2016
June 8, 2016
GBP 200 – GBP 250
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University of Derby, College of Health and Social Care (2016)
Joanna Atkinson
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University of Derby – Enterprise Centre

37 Bridge St
Derby, DE1 3LA United Kingdom
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