Ways to Bolster Resilience across the Life-Span in the Midst of a Crisis - Prof Donald Meichenbaum




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Instant Access — Recorded on 11th June 2021

Approved for 6 CPD/CE credits


TRAINING information

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All course content related to this training will be accessible for 365 days after purchase.

Registration for this event will close on 10th June 2022.


In times of a crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals have to struggle with extreme losses of life, livelihood and disrupted life-styles. While most individuals are impacted by such traumatic and victimizing experiences, some 75% go onto evidence resilience , while 25% develop adjustment problems of anxiety, depression and accompanying suicidal ideation, prolong and complicated grief reactions, PTSD and substance abuse disorders.

In this Webinar, Dr. Meichenbaum will examine what distinguishes these two groups and the implications for both prevention and treatment. He will discuss ways to bolster resilience across the full life-span including high-risk children, youth and their families, adults who have a history of vicitimization, and the elderly. He highlights a strengths-based intervention approach that includes ways to bolster resilience in six domains (physical, interpersonal, emotional, cognitive, behavioral and spiritual). He will demonstrate how to implement evidenced-based cognitive behavioural psychotherapeutic interventions with patients. Another focus will include ways to bolster resilience in Health Care Providers.

(Please visit the following websites to obtain an overview of the topics to be covered — www.melissainstitute.org (click on Resilience Resources) and roadmaptoresilience.wordpress.com)

A detailed handout will be provided including a list of to-do tasks that attendees can apply immediately.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

1. Distinguish between individuals, families, and communities who develop resilience in the aftermath of traumatic and victimising experiences VERSUS those who “get stuck” and develop adjustment difficulties

2. Use a Case Conceptualization Model of risk and protective factors to inform both assessment and treatment decision-making

3. Implement evidenced-based Cognitive behavioural resilience-engendering interventions across the full life-span, from childhood to the elderly.

4 Spot HYPE in the field of psychotherapy and become a more discerning and effective health care provider who achieves lasting behavioural changes in patients.


00:01:02 Segment 1

By way of introduction–Story of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Additional Resources

What distinguishes those individuals (some 75%) who evidence resilience in the aftermath of traumatic and victimizing experiences from the 25% who develop PTSD and related psychiatric disorders?

Prevention and Treatment Implications

The nature of resilience and specific ways to bolster resilience.

01:15:26 Segment 2

Research indicates that 25% of psychotherapists obtain 50 % better treatment outcomes and they have 50% fewer dropouts from therapy than their fellow therapists. This segment will discuss what these “expert” therapists do to achieve these favorable outcomes.

Consider the Core tasks of therapy that contribute to better treatment outcomes and more long-lasting behavioral changes in clients: A strengths-based treatment approach.

Use of a Case Conceptualization Model (CCM) of risk and protective factors that informs both assessment and treatment decision-making (Your entire clinical activities will be summarized in one page)

Focus on the critical role of the Therapeutic Alliance and the use of Feedback Informed Treatment.

Use the “Art of questioning.”

02:31:36 Segment 3

Illustrative therapeutic interventions — Attendees will be able to:

– Spot HYPE in the field of psychotherapy.

– Conduct psychoeducation using a CLOCK metaphor.

– Nurture hope in clients using collaborative goal-setting and the use of timelines

– Teach intra- and interpersonal skills incorporating treatment guidelines that increase the likelihood of generalization and maintenance of behavior changes and reduce the likelihood of relapse.

– Discuss new developments in the area of Cognitive behaviour therapy. Consider various constructive Narrative therapy procedures (We are all “homo-narrans ” or story tellers).

– Ways to conduct various integrative treatments of clients with co-occurring disorders.

03:46:46 Segment 4

Ways to bolster resilience in various groups.

High-risk children and their families: Addressing the lingering neurobiological and psycho-social sequelae of experiencing Adverse Childhood  Experiences ( ACE studies): Preventative and treatment interventions.

Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy.

Applications to youth (Depressed and suicidal adolescents / LGBTQ youth / Victims of Human trafficking).  Treatment implications of adolescent brain and cognitive development.

Application to adults: Two examples — Treatment of individuals with Prolong and Complicated Grief and the use of Stress inoculation training.

Application to the elderly.

Application to trauma therapists and health care providers.

About the Speaker

Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from which he took early retirement 25 years ago. He is presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami. He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behaviour therapy and in a survey of clincians he was voted “one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.” He has received several accolades including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association. He was Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has presented workshops in all 50 U.S. states and internationally.

He has published extensively and his books include “Cognitve behavior modification ” which is considered a classic in the field; “Roadmap to resilience” (Click on the following Website to access a FREE copy of this book roadmaptoresilience.wordpress.com); “Treatment of individuals with addictive disorders”; “Evolution of Cognitive behaviour therapy”; “Stress inoculation training”. Visit www.melissainstitute.org and Click on Resilience Resources to access Dr Meichenbaum’s papers. His workshops always receive the highest ratings as he blends in critical-mindedness, scholarship, practical clinical perspicacity and humor.


CPD & CE credits available: 6

How do I receive these credits?

The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this.

The post-test is included in the price of the training.

Does my regulatory body accept the credits?

The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Our trainings are accredited by:

– The CPD Group, London
– Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
– Australian Counselling Association

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Ways to Bolster Resilience across the Life-Span in the Midst of a Crisis - Prof Donald Meichenbaum

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