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Working with Deeper Issues In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Schema-Focused Techniques
Course # - CPSY x237
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 4
Note to students: This class mirrors quite closely the prior workshop "Working with Schemas: An advanced CBT Technique." Please check to see whether you have taken that workshop in the past, before signing up for this one.
· To know the basic components of schemas and understand how they affect clients' lives
· To be able to recognize schemas in at least some clients
· To be familiar with the three categories of schema-focused intervention (cognitive, behavioral, & experiential)
· To have at least one idea of how to implement some aspect of schema-focused intervention with a client (or yourself!)
· To understand that schema-focused intervention may not be appropriate for all clients
In cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), psychological difficulties are often viewed as resulting from clients? thinking styles. As such, therapist and clients spend significant therapeutic time identifying, evaluating, and modifying automatic thoughts, the often-distorted interpretations that individuals make of situations in their lives. But these surface-level automatic thoughts frequently are manifestations of deeper and more core parts of the individual, known as early maladaptive schemas. People with a ?vulnerability? schema, for instance, may habitually believe that they are in danger, and experience catastrophic thinking and significant anxiety as a result. People with a ?defectiveness? schema may believe that they are inferior, leading to self-deprecating thoughts and depression. Individuals often confuse their schemas with reality, believing and acting as if they were true, sometimes unconsciously placing themselves in positions that lead to self-fulfilling prophesies. In this course, we will focus on techniques for identifying, evaluating, and modifying these deeper "core" beliefs. These techniques are more experiential and emotional than many traditional CBT interventions, and are designed to lead to lasting personality change. This course is intended specifically for individuals who already understand the basics of CBT and wish to expand their skills. It is not necessary that you be an ?expert? in CBT, only that you have a basic understanding entering the course.
David B. Feldman, Ph.D. is an associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, where he teaches courses in cognitive-behavioral therapy, evidence-based practices, and personality theory. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a health psychology fellowship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California. His research and writings have addressed such topics as hope, meaning, and growth in the face of physical illness, trauma, and other highly stressful events. In all, he has authored numerous articles and book chapters, presented nationally and internationally, and conducted countless research studies. His book, The End-of-Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One (New Harbinger Publications, January 2008), addresses the needs of families as they face the life-threatening illness of a loved one.