Facilitator: Nili R. Benazon, PhD
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute
Dates: June 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2018
This Training is Suitable For: Professionals who work with people who suffer from common psychiatric disorders (anxiety and depression), and complex clinical problems (abuse, addictions, brain injuries, trauma, work-related accidents): mental health and medical professionals, and direct service workers.
Description: This certificate program provides a general overview of the practical application of CBT strategies, as well as how to apply these problem solving strategies in your practice. The format of this training includes didactic presentation, experiential exercises, feedback and supervision, a focus on micro-skill development.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) provides a flexible set of clinical tools, including a full range of active and practical strategies and techniques (cognitive restructuring, exposure techniques, social skills training, relaxation training, problem solving, self-help manuals). You will learn a general overview of the practical application of CBT strategies, as well as how to apply these problem solving strategies in your practice. Problem-solving treatment has been shown to be effective for a wide range of emotional disorders and is effective in the context of short-term therapy. Problem-solving treatment focuses on the here and now and helps clients use their own skills and resources to function better. You will also be introduced to the use of self-help manuals when clients and therapists are unwilling or unable to commit to a full course of CBT. In this case, self-help manuals are useful in bringing about improvement in psychological functioning, yet they are of little use outside of a supportive therapeutic relationship.
The format of this training includes didactic presentation, experiential exercises, feedback and supervision, a focus on micro-skill development. You will be encouraged to practice the skills with your clients between classes. Time will be designated to discuss your experiences in implementing these newly learned strategies until you gain confidence and experience. You will be given individual feedback by both the instructor as well as by the other participants. Each skill introduced by the instructor will be accompanied by some brief reading materials. A reading list will be provided.
You will learn to:
Recognize empirically based cognitive behavioural and cognitive approaches to both common and complex clinical problems
Apply specific techniques from cognitive behavioural and cognitive approaches, without having to adopt the full therapeutic approach
Recognize how these approaches can be adapted to clinical contexts ranging from brief interventions to formal psychotherapy to aiding clients' use of self-help materials
This training is well suited for professionals who work with people who suffer from common psychiatric disorders (anxiety and depression) and complex clinical problems (abuse, addictions, brain injuries, trauma, work-related accidents): mental health and medical professionals and direct service workers.
Dates: June 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2018
About the Facilitator:
Nili R. Benazon PhD, obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 1997. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Research Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Dr. Benazon has been treating anxiety and depression using empirically validated treatments, such as cognitive behaviour therapies for over a decade. She has conducted several clinical trials in the area of anxiety and depression. She was site Principal Investigator at Wayne State University in Detroit for the Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS), a randomized controlled trial comparing pharmacotherapy and cognitive behaviour therapy in the treatment of adolescent depression. Dr. Benazon has published numerous papers in scientific journals in the area of anxiety and depression, with a particular emphasis on the impact of physical and mental health problems on marital, sexual and family functioning. She received an award for innovation in psychological research from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) and she has been successful in obtaining research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Heart and Stroke foundation of Canada. Dr. Benazon won an award for excellence in teaching from Wayne State University's Department of Psychiatry and behavioural Neurosciences. She gives lectures and workshops across Canada and the United States on how to apply cognitive behaviour therapies in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.