Addressing Roadblocks & Repairing Ruptures in CBT


October 24 - 25, 2012

Presented by


Jem Mills


Workshop prices and application

Do you sometimes find that a client understands the CBT approach and seems keen to change but never seems to follow through on the homework you agree?

Do you have clients who rarely contribute to the agenda despite your best efforts to be collaborative?



Drawing on the CBT literature surrounding the process of therapy, this workshop will focus on developing and fine tuning skills in:

  • Recognising and bringing up issues of resistance at an early stage
  • Using a CBT framework to formulate, with the client, personal barriers to progress
  • Drawing on this formulation to assist with adopting an empathic and validating approach to the client’s resistance to change
  • Understanding our own reactions to the client and bringing them into the formulation
  • Specific techniques for bringing up and dealing with common roadblocks in CBT

The literature and evidence base supporting CBT is primarily focused on protocols, intervention techniques and outcome evaluation.  This approach has yielded a wealth of effective therapy plans for people experiencing a wide range of mental health issues but there has been relatively less attention to issues arising either in the process of therapy or in the therapeutic relationship.

With mental health professionals increasingly being asked to use the CBT approach with more complex client populations these types of issues are becoming more and more relevant to the everyday work of the CBT therapist.

Indicative References

Burns D. D., Auerbach A. 1996. Therapeutic Empathy in cognitive-Behavioural Therapy: Does It Really Make a Difference? in: Salkovskis P. M. (ed).  Frontiers of Cognitive Therapy. New York: The Guilford Press.

Leahy R. 2001. Overcoming Resistance in Cognitive Therapy. New York and London: The Guilford Press.

Leahy, R. 2003. Roadblocks In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. New York and London: The Guilford Press .

Leahy. R. 2008. The Therapeutic Relationship in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36 , pp 769-777

Markowitz J. 2005 Roadblocks in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Transforming Challenges Into Opportunities for Change Am J Psychiatry 162:640-641.

Newman C. F. 1994. Understanding Client Resistance: Methods for enhancing motivation to change. Cognitive and Behavioural Practice. 1: 47-49.

Raue P. J., Goldfried M. R. 1994. The Therapeutic Alliance in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. In: Horvath A. O., Greenberg L. S. The Working Alliance: Theory, research, and practice. New York and Toronto: John wiley & Sons, Inc.

Rudd M. D., Joiner T. 1997. Countertransference and the Therapeutic Relationship: A Cognitive Perspective. Jounral of Cognitive Psychotherapy. 11(4): 231-250.

Safran J. And  Segal Z. 1990. Interpersonal Process in Cognitive Therapy. New York: Basic Books.

Safran, J. D., & Muran, J. C. (2000). Negotiating the therapeutic alliance: A relational treatment guide. New York: Guilford.

Schaap C., Bennun I., Schindler L., Hoogduin K. 1993. The Therapeutic Relationship in Behavioural Psychotherapy. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.

Waddington L. 2002. The Therapy Relationship in Cognitive Therapy: A Review. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. 30:179-191.

Wright J., Davis D. 1994. The Therapeutic relationship in Cognitive Behavioural therapy: Patient Perceptions and Therapist Responses.  Cognitive and Behavioural Practice.1: 25-45.

Workshop costs

There are early bird prices which are available till about 6 weeks before the workshops. But we suggest you don’t leave it to the last minute – our 2009, 2010 and 2011 workshops have been full for some weeks before. For early bird prices, please note that application forms must have arrived at UCRH (fax/email accepted) by these dates.

Please note: our workshop prices include morning and afternoon teas (always very good!) - but do not include lunch for two reasons:

  1. To keep prices down. We hope you’ll agree that the prices are pretty good compared with what most people are charging.
  2. Because our experience is that its good for people to get out of the building and into Byron Bay at lunchtime; a walk on the beach, a café lunch, whatever

Addressing Roadblocks & Repairing Ruptures in CBT - October 24 - 25, 2012

2 day workshop earlybird price - $520 - $580 Full Price

*Double Discount - Book two consecutive workshops and receive a further $100 off the total price


Workshop location

All workshops will be held in Byron Bay in the NSW Northern Rivers region. Byron Bay is a world renowned tourist mecca and will provide a magnificent backdrop for our workshop program.

Southern Cross University
Byron Bay Community and Cultural Centre
Level 1
69 Jonson St
Byron Bay NSW 2481

Workshop times

Registration & tea/coffee will be from 8.30am. The workshops will start at 9.00. There will be morning and afternoon tea breaks, and a lunchbreak around 12.30. Workshops finish at 4.30

Registration & tea/coffee will be from 1:00pm on 18th with the workshop starting at 1:30pm and an afternoon tea break around 3pm. Tea/coffee will be from 8:30am on 19th with the workshop starting at 9:00am and with morning and afternoon tea breaks, and a lunchbreak around 12.30. Workshop finishes at 4:30pm.

Getting to Byron Bay and accommodation

For information on travelling to Byron and accommodation please click here.

Workshop registration

You can register for week long programs at discounted prices. Head to our Workshop Application page where you can download and fax/post us your application.


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