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Mastering CBT: 15 Transformative Techniques for Trauma, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders

John Ludgate, PhD
Approx. 6 Hours
Oct 15, 2024
PESI, Inc.
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CBT remains a cornerstone in modern therapeutic practices due to its profound impact on mental health and well-being.

Picture this invigorating workshop as your opportunity to fill up on fresh CBT techniques and state-of-the-art interventions to ensure success with even your biggest therapeutic challenges.

From cognitive restructuring to exposure therapy, mindfulness to behavioral activation, and so much more, this comprehensive workshop will equip you with a versatile toolkit for almost any therapeutic hurdles you encounter.

Under the skilled guidance of esteemed CBT expert and author, Dr. John Ludgate, you will learn how to seamlessly integrate and apply these techniques in a way that aligns perfectly with your clients’ needs.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice ready to make an impact, you will learn to:

  • Optimize the use of top CBT techniques to enhance clinical outcomes
  • Maintain collaboration in the face of passive or controlling clients
  • Adapt CBT techniques for use with clients who are mandated to therapy or ‘resistant’ to therapy
  • Expertly use Socratic questioning and guided discovery in your practice
  • Integrate CBT with other modalities without losing its essential elements

Using didactic material, case demonstrations, experiential exercises, and worksheets, this paradigm-shifting workshop will cover both core competencies and integrative techniques and interventions to ensure positive outcomes.

Purchase now and prepare to take your practice to the next level!


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


John Ludgate, PhD's Profile

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John Ludgate, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked as a psychotherapist for almost 30 years. He trained at the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia under Dr. Aaron Beck, the founder of Cognitive Therapy, and is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He subsequently became assistant director of training at Dr. Beck’s Center. His current practice consists largely of treating clients referred with mood problems and/or anxiety conditions at the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Center of Western North Carolina in Ashville, North Carolina.

John is a native of southern Ireland and obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 1990. In the early 1990s, Dr. Ludgate was a research clinical psychologist at the University of Oxford in England and served as cognitive therapist in several outcome studies of panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia and hypochondriasis.

He authored Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Relapse Prevention for Depression and Anxiety (Professional Resources Press, 2009) and was co-editor with Wright, Thase and Beck of Cognitive Therapy with Inpatients: Developing a Cognitive Milieu (Guilford Press, 1993). His other books include Overcoming Compassion Fatigue (PESI, 2014 co-authored with Martha Teater) and The CBT Couples Toolbox (PESI, 2018). He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters in the field of Cognitive Behavior for Anxiety and Depression. He has presented many seminars and workshops on cognitive behavioral approaches, both nationally and internationally.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. John Ludgate is the owner and President of CBT Training & Consultancy, Inc. He has an employment relationship with the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of WNC. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. Dr. Ludgate receives royalties as a published author and compensation as a consultant. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. John Ludgate is a member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.

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  1. Utilize CBT techniques to improve clinical outcomes for diverse client populations.
  2. Develop strategies to maintain therapeutic collaboration with passive or controlling clients.
  3. Modify CBT methods for clients mandated to therapy or resistant to treatment.
  4. Utilize advanced questioning techniques like Socratic questioning and guided discovery for therapeutic interventions.
  5. Integrate CBT with other therapeutic modalities while preserving its core principles.
  6. Choose mindfulness, self-improvement strategies, and acceptance and compassionate approaches to improve therapist effectiveness.


Optimize CBT Practice: Strategies for Success
Understand Client Suitability

  • Identify optimal conditions for CBT efficacy
  • Recognize populations where CBT may be less successful and why
  • CBT conceptualization: current and historical formulation

Navigate complex clinical situations

  • Address passive or controlling clients while maintaining collaboration.
  • Manage non-compliance and therapyinterfering behaviors
  • Tailor standard CBT for mandated or resistant clients
  • Utilize guided discovery and Socratic questioning in difficult therapy situations
  • Case demonstrations

Maintain Structure and Flexibility

  • Uphold session structure despite disruptions, crises, and shifting problems
  • Cultivate collaboration with clients
  • Incorporate client feedback to enhance CBT practice
  • Adapt CBT to diverse client needs and backgrounds
  • Integration with other therapeutic modalities: Preserve its core principles

Prevent Relapse and Promote Wellness

  • Facilitate clients’ transition to becoming their own therapists
  • Systematic CBT therapy plans for sustained progress and relapse prevention
  • Lifestyle modification interventions

Top CBT Techniques for Transformation

  • Top strategies to reframe clients’ unhelpful thoughts
  • Review evidence to challenge negative beliefs
  • Cost-benefit analysis to reduce maladaptive behaviors
  • Latest tools to de-catastrophize exaggerated fears
  • Advanced cognitive restructuring skills
  • Rumination and worry control
  • Decrease fear through safe exposure
  • Activity scheduling for optimum mood and performance
  • Graded assignments to help clients achieve goals
  • Essential problem-solving techniques
  • And more!

Elevate Therapist Effectiveness

  • Identify and modify therapist reactions
  • Stay current: latest evidence-based practices in CBT
  • Skill development and selfimprovement strategies
  • Mindfulness, acceptance and compassionate approaches for the therapist
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

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

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