Full Day Conference with Christine Padesky, Ph.D.
Thursday, May 25, 2017 • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Continuing Education Units: 6 Hours 

For Best Outcomes, Teach Mood-Specific Skills

Clients who learn mood management skills improve more quickly and are less likely to relapse. But what skills make the biggest difference in the shortest amount of time? Drawing from three decades of research, this workshop illustrates the best evidence-based skills (from CBT, mindfulness, acceptance therapies, and positive psychology) to help clients understand and manage depression, anxiety, anger, guilt and shame. Learn: a) why it is better to use gratitude diaries weekly than daily, b) when a focus on core beliefs can actually make depression worse, c) why Thought Records are not a core intervention for anxiety, and d) how the new 2nd Edition of Mind Over Mood (Greenberger & Padesky, 2016) provides an evidence-based roadmap for therapists who want to teach mood-specific skills. This workshop features live clinical demonstrations, innovative  and structured participant exercises, as well as detailed handouts. Each hour is infused with Dr. Padesky’s signature warmth, humor, and an emphasis on practical clinical tips.

Participants are encouraged to bring the 2nd Edition of Mind Over Mood to the workshop. Dr. Padesky will be happy to sign books during breaks.

Breakout Session #1  (10:00 am  – 11:30 am)
Depression: Engaging Clients to Use Skills That Reduce Relapse
Depression is often recurrent. Therefore, if we want to help our clients most effectively, we teach clients skills that research shows lower relapse risk. Learn two skills associated with lower relapse for depression and three other skills that show promise. Observe Padesky’s live demonstrations that show you how to engage depressed clients so they are willing to learn and practice these skills.

Breakout Session #2  (12:15 pm – 1:45 pm)
Anger, Guilt & Shame: How can I forgive you... or myself?
Anger, guilt and shame are emotions than can be problematic when they are experienced either too little or too much. Learn several interventions for each drawn from the 2nd Edition of Mind Over Mood.  Forgiveness is often considered a valuable treatment path – forgiving others (anger) or forgiving oneself (guilt and shame). Explore the multifaceted nature of forgiveness to consider when forgiveness could be therapeutic and when it is not.

Breakout Session #3  (2:00 pm – 4: 00 pm)
Anxiety: Keep the Focus on Central Fears
The success of brief therapy with anxiety disorders largely depends on how well and consistently the therapy targets the central fears that are maintaining anxiety. Live demonstrations and guided clinical exercises show participants how to a) use imagery to help identify the central thoughts and images that maintain anxiety disorders, b) set up behavioral experiments to help clients test out anxious underlying assumptions, and c) avoid common therapist errors that limit the effectiveness of anxiety interventions.

Learning Objectives

The participant will be able to:

  • Describe two skills that are linked to faster improvement and lower relapse for depression.
  • Use a fingerprint metaphor to engage clients in tracking behaviors and moods.
  • Understand when and how often to use gratitude diaries to boost happiness.
  • List five interventions that can help clients deal with guilt and shame.
  • Explore relevant issues with clients to determine whether forgiveness is therapeutic.
  • Ask questions that help identify the central thoughts maintaining anxiety.
  • Set up behavioral experiments to test our anxious underlying assumptions.
  • Identify safety behaviors which interfere with anxiety treatment progress.