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Psychotherapy's Most Effective Approaches

Psychotherapists probably see more cases of depression than anything else in their practices, but it remains one of the most challenging conditions to accurately assess and treat. In recent years, however, a range of useful interventions—many with growing levels of empirical support—have emerged to offer clinicians a variety of treatment approaches to choose from. This new Webcast series is designed to update and enhance your toolkit for nudging depressed clients into action, helping them take charge of their cognitive habits, regulate negative mood states, and rediscover hope.

Join renowned experts Bill O’Hanlon, David Burns, Michael Yapko, Zindel Segal, Margaret Wehrenberg, and Judith Beck for 6 lively conversations in our highly practical Webcast series, New Hope for the Depressed Client. They’ll show you how to integrate a variety of new perspectives and methods into your current clinical approach. You’ll get:

  • The latest research about what works when treating depression and what doesn’t
  • The do’s and don’ts of combining antidepressant medication with talk therapy
  • Concrete guidance on the most important factors in starting therapy on the right note
  • Practical tips on the crucial role of homework and behavioral activation with depressed clients
  • New mind-body and mindfulness approaches, and how to use them with depressed clients
  • Everything you need to know about relapse prevention

6 Leading Experts! 6 Information-Packed Sessions!

Session 1

Lifting the Trance of Depression
Bill O’Hanlon, M.S.

Explore a variety of techniques drawn from recent neuroscience findings, Ericksonian hypnosis, and other brief therapy approaches to awaken clients from the bad trance of depression, including:

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  • Marbling depression with non-depression
  • Shifting your client’s relationship with depression
  • Restoring social connection
  • Envisioning a future with possibilities
  • Restarting brain growth

Bill O’Hanlon has been a psychotherapist since 1977. He’s written more than 30 books that have been translated into 16 languages. He’s appeared on Oprah and been featured in national magazines and media.

Session 2

Overcoming Resistance in Depression Treatment
David Burns, M.D.

Develop a more powerful and effective approach to shortening depression treatment by learning to:

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  • Recognize the role of both process and outcome resistance in preventing change
  • Use paradoxical agenda setting before assuming that the depressed client is actually seeking change
  • Explore methods that intensify the therapist-client alliance and generate deep motivation for full engagement in treatment
  • Discover the hidden emotions that underlie depression
  • Help clients develop relapse prevention plans

David Burns, adjunct clinical professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, was awarded the A. E. Bennett Award for research on brain chemistry. His books include When Panic Attacks and Feeling Good.

Session 3

Depression: An Experiential Approach
Michael Yapko, Ph.D.

View video clips of a clinical interview and expand your range of active, skill-building techniques with depressed clients by:

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  • Reviewing the advantages of therapy vs. meds
  • Helping them make new discriminations that shift their perspective on their problems
  • Exploring the key role of hypnosis, dissociation, and suggestion in depression treatment
  • Learning how to convert global cognitions into a linear flow of steps
  • Incorporating homework assignments that promote active learning into your approach

Michael Yapko, a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist, is the author of 12 books, including Treating Depression with Hypnosis; Hand-Me-Down Blues: How to Stop Depression; and Breaking the Patterns of Depression.

Session 4

The Mindful Way Through Depression
Zindel Segal, Ph.D.

Bring the insights of mindfulness traditions into your work with depressed clients by:

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  • Distinguishing cognitive therapy and mindfulness practice
  • Teaching them how to use the “3 Minute Breathing Space” and other skills as part of an 8-week group program
  • Helping them cultivate choicefulness through meta-cognition and developing both narrow focus and wide-open awareness practices
  • Guiding them to prepare a personalized Relapse Prevention Kit
  • Developing your own mindfulness practice

Zindel Segal is head of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Clinic of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Session 5

When Depression and Anxiety Co-Occur
Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

Identify seven types of anxious/depressed clients and how to approach each one, including how to:

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  • Motivate the low-energy client and redirect the hopeless ruminative 
  • Calm the panicky depressive and introduce choice with the worried exhausted client
  • Break the routines of the quiet avoider and teach balance to the high-energy depressive
  • Challenge the highly anxious depressed client

Margaret Wehrenberg specializes in anxiety treatment. She’s the author of The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques and The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques.

Session 6

The Cognitive Therapy of Depression
Judith Beck, Ph.D.

Learn powerful techniques for bringing about enduring changes in depression symptoms by:

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  • Conducting first interviews that not only collect history and data, but generate hope, connection, and goals that guide treatment
  • Gathering information about previous treatment that help you avoid dead ends and mistakes
  • Understanding that talk isn’t enough and the important role of writing things down, regular follow-up, and between-session homework
  • Focusing on small steps in behavioral activation and action plans
  • Incorporating a range of methods, including experiential techniques and childhood work, into your cognitive orientation

Judith Beck is the President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Philadelphia, a nonprofit that trains therapists in cognitive therapy. Her books include Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems: What to Do When the Basics Don’t Work and Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders.

Have You Ever Wondered...

  • If there are concrete, practical steps to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes with a client who’s depressed?
  • What's the latest best practice for coordinating psychotherapy with psychopharmacological interventions?
  • How to reduce the chances of relapse into depression?
  • What’s the scientific evidence on approaches to depression that include mindfulness practices and exercise?

Get answers to your questions plus practical, up-to-date guidance in our Webcast series New Hope for the Depressed Client.


A New Way To Learn: A Note from Rich Simon

Dear Colleague,

As editor of the Psychotherapy Networker for over 30 years, I've learned a lot about what it takes to engage your curiosity, anticipate your questions, and make sure you get answers you can use. I've also learned that any subject, if approached in the right way, can be deeply engrossing, understandable, and entertaining.

My goal in each Webcast interview is to zero in on what you need to know to deepen your craft as a therapist. At the same time, the spontaneous, free flow of conversation makes learning far more enjoyable than stodgy workshop lectures and PowerPoint presentations. Our Webcast series are an exciting, new way to stay on the field's cutting edge.

But enough words—to see what we mean, just click on the video below to watch a preview.

Margaret Wehrenberg on getting depressed clients to visualize the relief that comes with accomplishing small tasks, and then getting them to move forward.

Networker Webcasts offer a lively, close-up learning experience with the field's leading teachers and innovators. You'll discover practical approaches and methods you can use in your very next client session, without having to leave home or miss a day of work. It's the best CE deal you'll find anywhere.  


Learning that Fits Your Schedule

  • Start watching all 6 Webcasts immediately
  • Watch the Webcasts again and again for a full year. Take up to a year from the purchase date to complete your CE quiz online
  • Download audio of each session so you can listen any time—in your car, at home, or while you exercise
  • Download full transcripts and bonus articles to add to your permanent library

If you're not completely satisfied, we'll refund your money in full—100%. Just let us know within 30 days. I'm that confident that you'll find this learning experience to be all that's promised and more than you expected.

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Find out how to integrate the most effective approaches to psychopharmacology in your practice right away. Start watching all 6 sessions when the series is released. Take up to a full year to watch and review at your convenience.



The content of this course is at the introductory to intermediate level.