Why Are Some Psychotherapists More Effective than Others? Core Tasks of Psychology (IN-PERSON)

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Workshop presented by Dr. Don Meichenbaum


Sponsored by Chuck Jung Associates

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018
Time: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Location: University Golf Club House (5185 University Blvd., Vancouver, BC)

Registration Deadline: November 26, 2018

After November 26, 2018 you can still register by calling BCPA at 604-730-0501.


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About the Workshop:

DSM-5 (a) avoids defining addiction (referring only to
the generic “Substance Use Disorders”), (b) includes the
following degrees of such disorders — mild, moderate, and
severe, (c) expands the “addiction” umbrella for the first time
to include non-substance (behavioral) addictions, beginning
with gambling, (d) suggests the likelihood that other such
addictions will soon be added (e.g., Internet, videos, sex,
eating/obesity), (e) fields claims from important psychiatric
figures that this document is not sufficiently rooted in
neuroscience. Psychologists must be prepared for a new
— but shifting — concept of addiction, so as to be true
to psychological theory and evidence-based techniques,
responsive to the range of clinical addictive problems clients
may present, and make use of the soundest scientific
concepts. Stanton Peele’s workshop will address these

Research on psychotherapeutic outcomes indicate that some therapists achieve better treatment outcomes and have fewer dropouts from therapy. This workshop will begin with a consideration of the " state of the art" of psychotherapy and then consider what distinguishes so-called "expert" psychotherapists from others. It enumerates  the core tasks of psychotherapy and the nature of the feedback-informed deliberate practice required to  achieve lasting changes in clients. A Case Conceptualization Model of risk and protective factors that informs both assessment and treatment decision-making will be offered. A Constructive narrative strengths-based perspective will be demonstrated using video cases. How  to spot "hype" in the field of psychotherapy will also be presented.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Enumerate  and implement the  Core  Tasks of Psychotherapy that  "expert" therapists use
  2. Employ a Case Conceptualization Model that informs both assessment and treatment decision - making
  3. Spot hype in the field of psychotherapy and become a more critical consumer 
  4. Engage in deliberate practice  in order to improve one's level of psychotherapeutic expertise

About the Presenter:

Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo, Ontario from which he took early retirement 22 years ago. He is presently Research Director of the  Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami, Florida . (Please see www.melissainstitute.org). He is one of the founders of Cognitive behavior therapy and in a survey of clinicians he was voted " one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century". He has received many honors including being the Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has presented in all of  the Provinces in Canada and in all 50 U.S, States, as well as internationally. He has published extensively and his latest books are Roadmap to Resilience and The Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: A personal and professional journey with Don Meichenbaum.

His workshops are noted for the combination of critical-mindedness, practical clinical applicability, and humor. He will use video case presentations  to demonstrate ways to implement the core tasks of psychotherapy. Attendees will receive a detailed handout of ways to conduct deliberate practice to improve their level of psychotherapeutic expertise.

This course is worth 6 CPA Continuing Education Credits.


Important Information for Attendees:

  • Workshop fee includes handouts, morning & afternoon coffee, and lunch.
  • Remember to sign out to obtain CE credits for this course.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing by November 26, 2018. A 20% administration fee will be deducted from all refunds. No refunds will be given after November 26, 2018.


November 30th, 2018 8:30 AM   through   4:30 PM
University Golf Club
5185 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC V6T 1X5
Registration Fee:
BCPA Members/Affiliates ($197.40 including GST) $ 188.00
Non-Members ($270.90 including GST) $ 258.00
Student Member ($148.05 incl. GST) $ 141.00
Student Non-Member ($203.18 incl. GST) $ 193.50