330 The Myths about CBT

Monica Ramirez BascoMonica Ramirez Basco • Friday Afternoon
Many therapists assume that the protocols of evidence-based therapies are so rigid they leave no room for intuitive psychotherapy or developing a therapeutic alliance or establishing a personal clinical style. Not true! This presentation will begin by dispelling these and other myths about the “one-size-fits-all” nature of CBT and evidence-based therapies. Then, on a practical level, we’ll explore a variety of ways to adapt and add these techniques to your own therapeutic toolkit. You’ll learn how to: identify and challenge clients’ irrational beliefs; help them overcome their avoidance and try out new behaviors; and teach clients emotional self-regulation skills to tune in to their body awareness and soothe themselves. We’ll use case histories to show effective strategies for use with difficult, noncompliant, highly defensive, or standoffish clients. You’ll leave with new methods for melding craft and science.

Monica Ramirez Basco, Ph.D., is on the psychology faculty at the University of Texas, Arlington, and on the psychiatry faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Her books include the bestsellers Never Good Enough and The Bipolar Workbook.

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