This workshop will present the major features of Cognitive Therapy for Suicidal Patients (Wenzel, Brown, & Beck; 2009; APA Books). Workshop participants will learn the history behind and rationale underlying this protocol, as well as the cognitive behavioral theory that was crafted to understand suicidal behavior on the basis of constructs investigated in the empirical literature. Key activities that occur in each phase of treatment will be described and demonstrated in role-play format. Specifically, in the early phase of treatment, informed consent, safety planning, and case formulation will be highlighted. In the middle phase of treatment, strategies for affect management and the development of reasons for living will be modeled. In the late phase of treatment, an imaginal relapse prevention task will be presented. The workshop will end with a consideration of therapist self-care and burnout. Moreover, a brief description of results from randomized controlled trials establishing the efficacy of this treatment will be discussed.
- Attendees will be able to articulate the main constructs in the cognitive behavioral model of suicidal thoughts and behavior.
- Attendees will acquire the knowledge to assist their clients in developing a safety plan in the early phase of treatment.
- Attendees will understand cognitive, affective, and behavioral strategies that target suicide-relevant cognitive processes and modifiable risk factors for suicidal behavior.
- Attendees will be able to describe the steps in implementing an imaginal relapse prevention task in the late phase of treatment.
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Brown, G. K., Have, T. T., Henriques, G. R., Xie, S. X., Hollander, J. E., & Beck, A. T. (2005). Cognitive therapy for the prevention of suicide attempts: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 294, 563-570.
Rudd, M., Bryan, C. J., Wertenberger, E. G., et al. (2015). Brief cognitive-behavioral therapy effects on post-treatment suicide attempts in a military sample: results of a randomized clinical trial with 2-year follow-up. Am J Psychiatry, 172, 441–449.
Wenzel, A., Brown, G. K., & Beck, A. T. (2009). Cognitive therapy for suicidal patients: Scientific and clinical applications. Washington, DC: APA Books.
Amy Wenzel, Ph.D., ABPP is the Founder and Director of the Main Line Center for Evidence-Based Psychotherapy, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Adjunct Faculty at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Certified Trainer-Consultant with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is the author or editor of over 20 books and 100 peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, many on the topic of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (now the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation). She lectures on CBT across the globe and has trained clinicians internationally to achieve competence in CBT. She has been featured in many video demonstrations of CBT by the American Psychological Association.
Cost (including lunch on both days), Refund, & Cancellation Policy
Members, Early: $75 on or before 2/15/19
|Members, Regular: $90 after 2/15/19, if space is available
|Non-Members: $115 after 2/15/19, if space is available
|Interns, Students, Psychological Assistants: $45
Onsite registration is available, if space available. Check-in begins at 9:30 am.
A box lunch will be provided (included in the price).
There will be an hour lunch and two 15-minute breaks.
IMPORTANT -- To be eligible for a refund, the San Francisco Bay Area Center of Cognitive Therapy must receive notice of cancellation 14 days prior to the date of the workshop. Cancellations are subject to a $35.00 processing fee per workshop.
Continuing Education (CE) Credit
The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy is approved to offer 6 hours of continuing education. No partial CE units granted.
Those who attend this workshop in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive continuing education (CE) credits. Please note that the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy will issue credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those who arrive more than 15 minutes after the start time or leave before the workshop ends will not receive CE credit.
The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy (Provider Approval No.: CEN034) is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy (Provider Approval No.: PCE288) is approved by California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing professional education for Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The California Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association require that continuing education providers inform participants as to the source, amount, nature, and disposition of any funding used to support the continuing education activity, whether in the form of educational grants, cash contributions, or in-kind contributions. Individuals in a position to influence course content must also disclose whether they have one or more relevant financial relationships with individuals and companies who have a financial interest in activity content. These individuals include the CE Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy (SFBACCT) and the Steering Committee of the Northern California Cognitive Behavior Therapy Network (NCCBTN).
Institutional Conflict of Interest Disclosure
The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy does not receive commercial support for any of the continuing education activities it provides.
Individual Conflict of Interest Disclosure
Joan Davidson, Ph.D., SFBACCT CE Advisory Committee, has no relevant financial relationships or conflicts.
Janie J. Hong, Ph.D., NCCBTN Steering Committee, has no relevant financial relationships or conflicts.
Lynn Martin, N.P., NCCBTN Steering Committee, has no relevant financial relationships or conflicts.
Jacqueline B. Persons, Ph.D., NCCBTN Steering Committee, has no relevant financial relationships or conflicts.
Daniela J. Owen, Ph.D., SFBACCT CE Advisory Committee, has no relevant financial relationships or conflicts.
Sharon Smith, M.F.T., M.S.W., NCCBTN Steering Committee, has no relevant financial relationships or conflicts.
Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D., SFBACCT CE Advisory Committee, has no relevant financial relationships or conflicts.
Melinda White, M.F.T., NCCBTN Steering Committee, has no relevant financial relationships or conflicts.
Robin Yeganeh, Ph.D., NCCBTN Steering Committee, has no relevant financial relationships or conflicts.
Speaker Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
Amy Wenzel PhD, Workshop Leader, has no relevant financial relationships or conflicts.