1 CEs
CEU Course

Approaching Cognitive Behavior Therapy: How to Talk About the Treatment with First Time Clients (September 2023)

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Cognitive Behavior Institute is excited to welcome Alexander Antonucci, LPC for a live interactive webinar on: Approaching Cognitive Behavior Therapy: How to Talk About the Treatment with First Time Clients


9/8/2023 10:00AM - 11:00AM EST



Credit Hours

1 clinical CE

Course Overview

The research on common factors demonstrates that a client's expectation about psychotherapy is a significant contributing factor to retention and outcome (Wampold B. E., 2015). While some of these expectations are derived from a client’s family, friends, and given society, there are steps that can be taken on the part of the therapist to align with the client around expectations and create powerful rapport in the therapeutic process. In order to build proper client expectation and goal consensus for treatment the clinician must be versed in the demonstrable effects of the modality they are using as a means to build a meaning making system with the client.

First, the course will cover the importance of these common factor effects. Then, the course content draws on the research demonstrating neurological change in the brain when utilizing CBT for various diagnoses including OCD (Cao, R. et al., 2021; Saxena, S. et al., 2008), PTSD and MDD (Yang, Z. et al., 2018). Finally, the basics of the stress response system (Russell & Lightman 2019) and synaptic plasticity as a basis for learning and memory (Batool, s. et al., 2019) are reviewed so that participants can normalize client experience of their body and mind.

With a focus on CBT principles and neurochemistry, the presenter will instruct participants on how they can, both, educate and provide a validating presence for their clients to help them work toward change.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will identify powerful talking points to help clients feel empowered by and committed to treatment.
  2. Participants will explore the biological basis behind effective treatment.

Course Bibliography

Batool, S., Raza, H., Zaidi, J., Riaz, S., Hasan, S., & Syed, N. I. (2019). Synapse formation: From cellular and molecular mechanisms to neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. Journal of Neurophysiology, 121(4), 1381-1397. doi:10.1152/jn.00833.2018

Beck, J. S. (2021). Cognitive behavior therapy: Basics and beyond.

Cao, R., Yang, X., Luo, J., Wang, P., Meng, F., Xia, M., . . . Li, Z. (2021). The effects of cognitive behavioral therapy on the whole brain structural connectome in unmedicated patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 104, 110037. doi:10.1016/j.pnpbp.2020.110037

Dunn, A. J. (1980). Neurochemistry of learning and memory: An evaluation of recent data. Annual Review of Psychology, 31, 343–390. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.ps.31.020180.0020...

Russell, G., & Lightman, S. (2019). The human stress response. Nature Reviews Endocrinology, 15(9), 525-534. doi:10.1038/s41574-019-0228-0

Saxena, S., Gorbis, E., Oneill, J., Baker, S. K., Mandelkern, M. A., Maidment, K. M., . . . London, E. D. (2008). Rapid effects of brief intensive cognitive-behavioral therapy on brain glucose metabolism in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Molecular Psychiatry, 14(2), 197-205. doi:10.1038/sj.mp.4002134

Wampold B. E. (2015). How important are the common factors in psychotherapy? An update. World psychiatry : official journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), 14(3), 270–277. https://doi.org/10.1002/wps.20238

Yang, Z., Gu, S., Honnorat, N., Linn, K. A., Shinohara, R. T., Aselcioglu, I., . . . Sheline, Y. I. (2018). Network changes associated with transdiagnostic depressive symptom improvement following cognitive behavioral therapy in MDD and PTSD. Molecular Psychiatry, 23(12), 2314-2323. doi:10.1038/s41380-018-0201-7


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Cognitive Behavior Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7117. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Cognitive Behavior Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Cognitive Behavior Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cognitive Behavior Institute maintains responsibility for content of this program. Social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors in Pennsylvania can receive continuing education from providers approved by the American Psychological Association. Since CBI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education, licensed social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors in Pennsylvania will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending CBI continuing education programs. For professionals outside the state of Pennsylvania, you must confirm with your specific State Board that APA approved CE's are accepted towards your licensure requirements. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) has a process for approving individual programs or providers for continuing education through their Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ACE approved providers and individual courses approved by ASWB are not accepted by every state and regulatory board for continuing education credits for social workers. Every US state other than New York accepts ACE approval for social workers in some capacity: New Jersey only accepts individually approved courses for social workers, rather than courses from approved providers. The West Virginia board requires board approval for live courses, but accepts ASWB ACE approval for other courses for social workers. For more information, please see https://www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/. Whether or not boards accept ASWB ACE approved continuing education for other professionals such as licensed professional counselors or licensed marriage and family therapists varies by jurisdiction. To determine if a course can be accepted by your licensing board, please review your board’s regulations or contact them. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.

Course Schedule

Course Date Course Start Time Course End Time Timezone
9/8/2023 10:00AM 11:00AM EST

Course Agenda

Course Event Day or Date Course Agenda Time Block Course Content Covered
Day 1 10am – 10:05am Introduction & Course Overview (Conflicts of interest, learning objectives, limitations)
Day 1 10:05am– 10:15am Common Factors (contextual model factors)
Day 1 10:15am – 10:30am Educating Clients about CBT (What, why, how)
Day 1 10:30am – 10:40am The Neurochemistry of stress response system (normalizing and validating client experience)
Day 1 10:40am – 10:50am Neurochemistry of learning and memory
Day 1 10:50am – 11:00am Question/Answer

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Zoom and Webinars

What platform will be used for the webinar? CBI Center for Education has invested in Zoom for Webinars. You do not need a Zoom account to join the webinar and you can join from your computer or mobile device. As an attendee, the presenter will not be able to see your video or hear you unless they give you special permission during the webinar.

What time will the webinar begin and in what time zone? Please see the event page on https://www.cbicenterforeducation.com/ for information about the webinar, such as the start time. In addition, when registrants receive the email for the event, the date and time of the event is included.

When will I receive the link to attend the webinar? After you’ve signed up for the event through our website, you will receive an automated email from Blue Sky. At the bottom of this email is a blue button labeled “Join” that you can click on the day of the event. Or log in directly to your Blue Sky account and join from there.

Why can’t I get into the webinar? Once you have joined the webinar, you might see a message that states that the webinar has not yet started. The webinar will start once the presenter has joined and clicks “start the meeting.” We hope this happens on time, but it may be several minutes late. Please be patient while you are waiting for the webinar to start.

lined internet or being physically located close to your router. Technical support will not be provided by CBI for any connection issues on the day of the training. CBI will not issue refunds due to technical issues experienced by participants. Our presenters are connected to hard-lined business-grade internet when presenting.

What happens if my internet briefly freezes? If you become disconnected during the event, log back on immediately. A brief interruption of connectivity will not impact your eligibility for a CE certificate.

Will there be a recording? No, there will not be a recording or replay.

Will you know that I am logged in and active in the webinar? Yes, Zoom’s platform monitors the attendance and activity of the attendees. Additionally, there will be a chat feature and various forms of participation monitored throughout the training.

Will I have to show my face on camera? Zoom’s webinar platform does not capture participants on video unless specifically requested during the meeting by the host. Instead, participants will view the presenter and the presenter's slides on their screen.

Is there Audio? Yes, the webinar will have sound. Please test that your device’s sound is working prior to the event. A good way to do this is to go to YouTube and play a

Questions about the Event

Will I receive the presenter's slides? It is up to each presenter if they wish to share their slides. If slides are being shared, they will be uploaded as a document within the course in Blue Sky and can be downloaded and printed as necessary. We are unable to respond to emails asking for the slides ahead of the presentation.

Questions about the Survey

When will I receive my course evaluation survey? Following the completion of the event, the survey will be unlocked and located within the course.

You must complete the survey within 14 calendar days following the event if you would like to receive a CE certificate.

We are unable to respond to emails from participants asking for confirmation that their course completion survey was received. If you clicked the SUBMIT button your survey was received.

Do I need to fill out the course evaluation survey if I don’t want a CE certificate? If you do not wish to receive a CE certificate, you do not need to complete this survey. The CE certificate is the only type of certificate that will be issued.

Questions about Continuing Education & Certificates

What is the criteria for receiving CE? If you attend the whole webinar and complete the course evaluation survey, we will issue you the CE that you are eligible for.

How many suicide and ethics CE's will be issued? Please see the event page on https://www.cbicenterforeducation.com/for information about the training, including how much continuing education is offered and what type.

Will these CE's count toward my individual state licensure or another credential that I currently hold? It is the responsibility of the licensee to determine if trainings are acceptable as continuing education to their state’s licensure board or other credentialing body. Some of our trainings are individually approved for continuing education, such as through the Association of Social Work Boards individual course ACE Program. In addition, CBI is an approved provider of continuing education through the American Psychological Association CESA program and is an approved provider of continuing education to counselors, social workers, and psychologists in the state of New York. Many boards accept trainings that are individual approved or are offered by approved providers for continuing education. Please see the event page for the training you are interested in on our website https://www.cbicenterforeducation.com/for approvals that apply for each specific training.

Will you issue partial CE credits? No, we do not issue partial CE credits and therefore if you do not attend the training in its entirety, you will not be receiving a CE certificate. This is an APA and ASWB ACE requirement and is non-negotiable. Please refrain from emailing us explaining why you were unable to login to the event on time (this includes mixing up time zones and technical difficulties).

When will I receive my CE certificate? Upon completion of the event and survey, your certificate will immediately be available.

How will I receive my CE certificate? Your CE certificate will be available through your Blue Sky account and will also be directly sent to your email associated with your Blue Sky account. It will automatically be accessible to you once all previous criteria have been met.

I filled out the wrong email address or misspelled my name on my account registration. How do I get a new certificate? In the registration, it asks for the participant to fill out
their name, licensure, and license number. These fields automatically populate within our certificates. PLEASE NOTE: Any requested changes to the email entered after
registration or after the survey is complete will require a $5 processing fee. Additional changes to the produced CE certificate based off of information provided by the attendee will also require a $5 processing fee. CBI Center of Education is extremely lean administratively and utilizes technology to streamline our events in order to keep our trainings free to low cost. When we receive manual requests post registration, additional staff is needed to assist with these manual requests, thus the reason for the
change fees. Please reach out to info@cbicenterforeducation.com

Questions about Accommodation

How can I access accommodations for my disability? Our webinars are available to anyone who is able to access the internet. For those who are vision impaired graphs
and videos are described verbally. We also read all of the questions and comments that are asked of our speakers. All questions and comments are made via the chat function.

For those that require it, please contact us at info@cbicenterforeducation.com for more information on and/or to request closed-captioning.

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I have a question that isn’t in the Q&A. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email us at info@cbicenterforeducation.com.

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