Category: Treatment - CBT

Master Clinician Seminar

Master Clinician Seminar 2 - CBT for Difficult-to-Treat Depressed Patients

Friday, November 17
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Indigo 204, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Depression
Presentation Type: Master Clinician Seminar
Level of Familiarity: Moderate to Advanced

Patients who suffer from treatment-resistant depression can be difficult to treat for a number of reasons. They may have co-morbidities, chronic depression and hopelessness, continual crises, or deterrents to getting better. Therapists who apply standard CBT for depression without adapting it for difficult-to-treat depressed clients often find that these clients demonstrate poorer outcomes than their more straightforward depressed clients. Research has shown that some individuals fail to respond to CBT, while others relapse after the completion of treatment. It is often important to adapt CBT using techniques from a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities within the framework of a cognitive conceptualization for this population.

In this seminar, we'll briefly review the research on CBT for treatment-resistant depression. Then we'll discuss the cognitive formulation of depression. We'll use a case example to illustrate how to conceptualize patients with treatment resistant depression. As a group, we'll complete a Cognitive Conceptualization Diagram and use it to discuss treatment planning. I'll demonstrate therapeutic techniques using audience volunteers.


Earn 2 continuing education credits

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Recommended Reading: Beck, J. S. (2005). Cognitive therapy for challenging problems: what to do when the basics don't work. New York: Guilford Press.
McCullough, J. P. (2000). Treatment for chronic depression: Cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy (CBASP). New York: Guilford.
Watkins, E. R. (2016). Rumination-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression. New York: Guilford.

Judith S. Beck

President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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