Christine A. Padesky, PhD
2 Audio CDs • Two hour clinical workshop
Behavioral Experiments: Testing the Rules That Bind
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This audio program was edited in 2006 and is consistent with current CBT standards of treatment.
Includes: testing underlying assumptions and core beliefs, clinical illustrations, principles to set up experiments to maximize client learning, principles for debriefing experiments, strategies for increasing client compliance.
What are "behavioral experiments?"
How and when do I use them?
How can I decide what to assign for homework?
Some of my clients just won't do the homework!
Behavioral experiments are one of the most powerful tools a cognitive therapist and client can use to effect meaningful behavior change. But their power is generated only by an appropriate connection to the critical beliefs that support a client's distress and dysfunction. The key is the appropriate connection to the critical beliefs that are central to the maintenance of longstanding, recurrent problems.
For your client population, learn how to:
IDENTIFY underlying assumptions (UAs), the beliefs that are central to the maintenance of longstanding, recurrent problems
USE specific principles to set up behavioral experiments and maximize client learning
DEBRIEF experiments to enhance understanding and change
IMPLEMENT seven homework principles to increase client motivation and success
Hear numerous case examples of how to encourage clients to construct and carry out small behavioral experiments that can help shift the underlying assumptions that bind them to their current troubles.
Disc 1 of 2
1. Levels of Thought
2. UAs & BEs
3. Guided Discovery
4. Anticipate Problems
Disc 2 of 2
1. Types of BEs
2. Principles of BEs