Traditional CBT aims to identify and change clients’ unhelpful ways of thinking and patterns of unhelpful behaviour. Positive CBT shifts the focus from identifying what is not working in a client’s life to identifying what is working well for them, and helping the client build on these strengths. This fundamental change in perspective adds an important new dimension to CBT. Rather than exclusively focusing on deficits and how these can be addressed, Positive CBT allows therapists and clients to identify existing strengths and resources and harness these to develop resilience and achieve goals. Positive CBT skilfully combines traditional CBT techniques with techniques informed by Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Positive Psychology and integrates these fluently into a CBT framework.
The training session will include: (1) a brief overview of the theoretical underpinnings of Positive CBT; (2) the key differences between
Positive CBT and traditional CBT; (3) Positive CBT techniques; and (4) application of these strength-based Positive CBT techniques in therapeutic and coaching practice. Practical examples are provided throughout the session and participant contribution is encouraged.
Participants will also have the opportunity to practice using the new techniques in role-plays and discuss how the techniques could be adapted to and integrated into their existing practice.
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Renata Porzig-Drummond is a lecturer at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Sydney, specialising in the fields of mental health and psychology. She uses an interactive presenting style that encourages participation and focuses on the practical relevance of the topic for participants’ context. Renata holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a BSc Psychology (Hon) from Macquarie University; a GradDip in Psychology and a BA from the University of Sydney; and a Certificate of Holistic Counselling from Nature Care College. Renata’s research has focused on behaviour change and her research has been published in leading academic journals, including Behaviour Research and Therapy, Australian Social Work and Social Science & Medicine. Renata’s clinical experience includes crisis counselling, psychological assessment, and working with clients with depressive and anxiety disorders, OCD and ADHD. Renata is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
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