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THE COGNITIVE- BEHAVIORAL REVOLUTION Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Actions for Improved Quality of Life

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 Presented by Harvey Milkman, PhD Professor of Psychology Denver "If we can reorient our thoughts and emotions, and reorder our behavior, not only can we learn to cope with suffering more easily, but we can prevent a great deal of it from starting in the first place." Dalai Lama - Ethics for the New Millennium This workshop is an introduction to the practice of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) which is based on a set of well developed theories of how thinking affects feelings and actions. CBT is supported by more than 300 controlled studies which have been completed for a variety of mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and substance abuse. The goal of this seminar is introduce participants to means for integrating the essential CBT skills of mindfulness, acceptance and values-based living into therapeutic practice and everyday living. Drawing on the principles embodied by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy this workshop stresses the importance of developing skills to manage, rather than suppress, anxiety arousing thoughts. Thought management is a realistic alternative to the sometimes unrealistic (and counterproductive) idea of being able to eliminate or change all unwelcome thoughts. The CBT therapist acts as a teacher or coach and lessons are typically taught to groups in classroom settings. CBT lessons include group exercises involving role-play, rehearsal, intensive feedback, and homework assignments and generally follow a structured curriculum with detailed lesson plans. Participants will discover how to use worksheets, checklists, thought records and other written exercises to improve treatment outcomes. In addition to discovering how cognitive-restructuring and social skills training can improve our own quality of life, attendees will explore the application of cognitive-behavioral principles to specific-need populations including: at-risk adolescents, female substance abuse clients and court ordered offenders. Participants will learn how integrate the cognitive-behavioral model for learning and change as an essential tool at all levels of counseling and psychotherapy. The Cognitive-Behavioral Map of Learning and Change © Wanberg, K. & Milkman, H. 2006, 2007

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