Online workshops…

Amy Wenzel
Time: 1 hour
Faculty: Amy Wenzel, Ph.D. ABPP


Cognitive restructuring is the process by which therapists help clients to identify, evaluate, and if necessary, modify unhelpful thoughts, images, and self-statements.


  • This workshop will provide a step-by-step illustration of techniques to work with unhelpful cognitions in CBT.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the rationale and purpose of cognitive restructuring, as well as strategies for implementing specific cognitive restructuring techniques with clients.
John Ludgate, PhD & R. Trent Codd, III, Ed.S.
Time: 4 hours, 45 minutes
Faculty: John Ludgate, PhD & R. Trent Codd, III, Ed.S.


In this workshop, participants will develop a good foundation in Cognitive Therapy (CT) as developed by Dr. Aaron Beck. This workshop is designed for clinicians and mental health professionals who are new to CT as well as those who have some training in CT and wish to refresh their skills. This material is designed, in part, to prepare participants for more advanced study in the cognitive and behavioral therapies by providing an essential foundation in this material.


At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the overall field of cognitive-behavioral therapy and specifically define Beckian Cognitive Therapy
  • Describe the cognitive model of psychopathology
  • Define case conceptualization and articulate the value of formulating clinical cases
  • Dispel several myths commonly associated with CT
  • Identify and describe 3 essential CT interventions
  • List 3 CT resources for further professional development in CT.
Judith S. Beck, Phd.

Judith S. Beck, Phd.


In this important discussion Dr. Judith Beck discusses important criteria agencies should consider when looking for and hiring a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy trainer.

Dennis Tirch, PhD & Laura Silberstein, PsyD
Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Faculty: Dennis Tirch, PhD & Laura Silberstein, PsyD


During this workshop with Dr. Dennis Tirch, participants will explore how Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) can be used to enhance standard cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety.

A growing body of research demonstrates how cultivating our compassionate minds can help us conquer our anxiety and fears. Rather than being a soft option, the deliberate activation of our compassion system can generate the courage and psychological flexibility we need to face life's challenges, and step forward into lives of meaning, purpose and vitality.

Based upon an integration of affective neuroscience, evolutionary science, and Buddhist meditation; CFT is an innovative form of CBT that specifically targets the cultivation of compassion as a mechanism of action in therapy. Participants will learn about the link between affiliative emotions, mindfulness, acceptance, and how shame and self criticism can block our compassion based soothing system from functioning.

The workshop will teach participants direct, experiential methods for cultivating the compassionate mind, using meditation, visualization, and other dimensions of training the mind. Participants will learn how CFT techniques can be easily integrated with other CBT tools, such as exposure and response prevention and cognitive practices.


At the completion of this workshop participants should be able to:
  • Describe how to help clients to better regulate and tolerate anxiety through the activation of their evolved capacity for mindful compassion.
  • Summarize the fundamentals of CFT’s underlying evolutionary theory of emotion regulation, attachment, behavior and cognition.
  • Discuss how to integrate compassion focused methods with different forms of psychotherapy.
  • List at least 2 compassion focused imagery methods and guided meditations.
  • Discuss the development and use of the concept of the Compassionate Self.
  • Articulate a method for integrating CFT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
John Ludgate
Time: 5 hours, 20 minutes
Faculty: John Ludgate, PhD


This training outlines a cognitive behavioral approach to the treatment of mood disorders. Specifically, a conceptual model is presented and the key cognitive components of depression and other mood disorders are outlined. The application of CBT to clients with major depression, bipolar disorder and dysthymic disorder is described. Additionally, relapse prevention is address as is working with suicidal and hopeless clients.


At the completion of this workshop participants should be able to:
  • Describe the development of Beck’s theoretical and therapeutic approach to mood disorders.
  • Summarize the cognitive model of depression.
  • List and describe five standard cognitive and behavioral interventions used in the treatment of acute depression.
  • Articulate a CBT approach to the treatment of bipolar disorders.
  • Identify at least 2 CBT strategies for use in the treatment of chronically depressed clients.
  • Describe strategies for the prevention of relapse as well as treating suicidal and hopeless clients.
John Ludgate
Time: 2 hours
Faculty: John Ludgate, PhD


This training introduces the use of CBT with psychotic clients. The treatment outcome literature is briefly reviewed for the participant and a cognitive conceptualization of psychosis provided. Additionally, specific interventions which target the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia are described. Finally, the training outlines an approach to intervention with hallucinations and delusions.


At the completion of this program the participant should be able to:
  • Describe the historical development of CBT approaches to psychosis.
  • Summarize the cognitive conceptualization of psychosis.
  • List three CBT strategies for use in the treatment of psychotic individuals.

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Our mental health agency is very diverse in terms of services provided and levels of staff experience and training. Obtaining training that is evidenced based, practical, and useful for all staff regardless of experience/education has always been a challenge. We were looking for a system of training that would build on what we had already done and allow us to apply one evidenced based practice across all program types ensuring that clients could transition seamlessly through different programs. The CBT Center of WNC was able to craft a training program to meet all of these needs in a way that has advanced the clinical skills of our staff beyond that of sending staff to individual trainings.

Dr. Drapkin’s presentation of Motivational Interviewing was exactly what our Social Workers needed to grasp MI’s essential elements and begin to incorporate them into their practice. Dr. Drapkin employed multiple media formats in her training, including small practice groups, which helped make the material come to life in practical and insightful ways. We look forward to continuing the development of MI in our daily practice and organizational culture.

Robert B. Cochran, MSW – Director – Jackson County Dept. of Social Services


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Center of Western North Carolina, P.A. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6504. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Center of WNC, P.A. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of WNC, PA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CBT Center of WNC, PA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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