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Digital Seminar

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Integrative CBT and Schema Therapy Techniques for Anxiety, Trauma, and Eating Disorders

Amy Van Arsdale, PhD
Approx. 6 Hours
Feb 26, 2024
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most effective evidence-based treatments for chronic and recurring mental health issues, making it no surprise that CBT is the most widely used form of psychotherapy in the United States.

But when clients are suffering with really challenging issues, like deep-rooted developmental trauma, destructive relational patterns, and perfectionistic and rigid belief systems, it can make the therapeutic process feel like it’s going in circles…

... and you often end up working harder than the client to effect change.

In this training, Amy Van Arsdale, PhD and CBT expert, will show integrating CBT and Schema therapy interventions can help you overcome common obstacles to client progress and what to do when your initial interventions don’t work. Through use of clinical cases and videos, you will finish with a set of CBT and Schema Therapy clinical tools to enhance your practice and breakthrough some of your toughest cases.

In this training, you will also learn:

  • Integrative CBT interventions for anxiety, trauma, mood disorders and more
  • How combining Schema Therapy and CBT can make both short and long-term therapy more effective
  • Powerful CBT and Schema techniques for healing interpersonal trauma and rigid behavioral patterns
  • Practical CBT exercises, worksheets, and resources for immediate use

Leave this training with specific CBT and Schema Therapy tools to confidently and consistently treat your most difficult and resistant clients!


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Amy Van Arsdale, PhD's Profile

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Dr. Amy Van Arsdale, is a licensed psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience. In her private practice, she provides individual therapy, couples therapy, and career counseling. She identifies as an integrative practitioner and specializes in perinatal mental health and vocational psychology. CBT is the foundation of her practice, which she routinely integrates with approaches such as interpersonal, Schema, and multicultural therapy. In her career, Dr. Van Arsdale has worked successfully with patients on a range of concerns including relationship issues, pregnancy and perinatal mental health, career problems, adjustment issues, trauma, mood/anxiety disorders, and other matters.

Dr. Van Arsdale earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology rom the University of Florida and received post-graduate clinical training in Perinatal Mental Health at the Postpartum Stress Center in Rosemont, PA. Active in the psychology community, Dr. Van Arsdale currently serves on the Board of Directors of Division 42 (Independent Practice) of the American Psychological Association and has presented at over twenty national and international conferences. Her work has been published in Practice Innovations, Psychotherapy Research, and The Counseling Psychologist, among others, and she is in the process of co-authoring a chapter in the forthcoming International Handbook of Perinatal Mental Health Disorders. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Van Arsdale enjoys teaching. A former professor at Marymount University, she currently provides clinical supervision to doctoral students at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology and trains therapists, psychologists and psychiatric residents in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. She has been a PESI speaker since 2016.


Speaker Disclosures
Financial: Dr. Amy Van Arsdale maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with the University of Denver. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Amy Van Arsdale is a member of the American Psychological Association.

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  1. Integrate evidence-based techniques and latest research into treatment using the CBT model.
  2. Utilize CBT thought records and worksheets to identify negative self-talk, automatic thoughts, assumptions, and core beliefs.
  3. Apply CBT case conceptualization and adapt it to a variety of disorders, including anxiety, eating, and mood disorders.
  4. Practice behavioral activation, mindfulness, and interpersonal skills techniques.
  5. Compare and contrast Young’s 18 Early Maladaptive Schemas and apply them to sample cases.
  6. Utilize re-parenting techniques to change self-defeating behavioral patterns.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Exploring the model
  • CBT Triad: A tool for psychoeducation and intervention
  • Empirical support for CBT
  • Integrative CBT techniques
  • Cultural considerations for best practice
  • Research limitations and potential risks
  • CBT case conceptualization:
    • Beck’s Cognitive Triad
    • Symptom Maintenance
Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions
  • Identifying cognitive distortions
  • Guided Discovery & Socratic Questioning
  • Negative core beliefs
  • Changing and reframing problematic thinking
  • Hypothesis testing/behavioral experimentation to change unhelpful patterns
  • Mindfulness, breathing and relaxation
  • Tools: CBT thought record, worksheets, homework, and apps
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Specific Clinical issues
  • Anxiety Disorders
    • CBTs role in managing anxiety and worry
    • Psychoeducation and reduction of physiological symptoms
    • Worry time for generalized anxiety
    • Exposure techniques for:
      • Generalized Anxiety
      • Social Anxiety
      • OCD
  • Trauma
    • Overview of evidence-based practices
    • Prolonged Exposure Therapy
    • Cognitive Processing Therapy
    • Emotional regulation strategies and skills
    • Grounding and self-soothing strategies
  • Eating Disorders
    • Challenging cognitive distortions
    • Behavioral interventions for Bingeing and Restrictive Eating
    • Hunger Scale and Mindful Eating
  • Mood Disorders
    • Psychoeducation for clients and their families
    • Behavioral activation for depression
    • Coping and problem-solving skills for:
      • Depression
      • Bipolar Disorder
      • Seasonal Affective Disorder
    • Strategies to provide solutions for daily problems
    • Relapse prevention
  • Anger
    • Identifying triggers & emotional identification
    • Active feelings vs. dormant feeling
    • Slowing down and calming techniques
    • Interpersonal skills:
      • Assertiveness
      • Communication
      • Boundaries
Schema Therapy
  • What to do when CBT isn’t enough
    • An expansion of traditional CBT
    • Emphasis on lifelong patterns and effective change techniques
    • Special emphasis on re-parenting
    • The 18 early maladaptive schemas
    • Core emotional needs and self-defeating coping styles
    • Schema modes and self-defeating behavioral patterns
    • Breaking rigid patterns with resistant clients
    • Integration into long-term therapy

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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