Saturday, 18. May 2019, Embassy Suites by Hilton Kansas City - International Airport, CBT for the 21st Century (Kansas City, MO)

Update Your Skills Based on the Latest Research and Evidence

Do your clients often get stuck, repeating the same problematic behaviors over and over?

Do you know clients that struggle with getting or staying motivated to do the work in therapy?

Would you like to attend a workshop and be able to use the tools you learned right away?

CBT in the Modern Age
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is well understood to be evidence based and effective. In fact it has been thought of as the "gold statndard" for treating depression and axiety for almost 50 years.  However, CBT has become a complex family of therapies with numerous strategies for change and, until recently, little work has been done to identify which of these strategies account for the majority of lasting change. It turns out that some of the most powerful strategies found in CBT are commonly left out of treatment by well meaning clinicians.
Additionally, as newer cognitive and behavioral therapies are being developed, the landscape of CBT is changing and powerful new techniques are being developed. It can be challenging to know how to integrate these techniques with old tried and true CBT techniques, such as cognitive restructuring, while remaining effective and following the research.
In addition to 6 CEUs, participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of the most effective core interventions found in CBT and the knowledge to effectively integrate evidence-based behavioral strategies as well as modern tools and techniques under an overarching CBT lens.

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

Understand foundational cognitive and behavioral theories and techniques

Conceptualize client issues through a CBT lens

Apply evidence-based cognitive and behavioral techniques to treatment planning

Enhance current therapy skills using updated research

Integrate Eastern philosophies with western behavioral techniques using mindfulness

Identify ethical ways to use technology to reach clients and increase motivation

Understand new directions in 3rd wave cognitive therapies

Foundational techniques – some things never change

Key Behavioral Concepts and Tools


Behavioral Activation

Contingency Management

Exposure Strategies

Cognitive Restructuring

Cognitive Diffusion

Modifying beliefs

The “New Kids”

Integrating science in practice (evidence-based practice)

Mindfulness – the 4000 year old newcomer to behavioral therapies

Advances in Neurobiology – turning “soft science” into hard fact

Technological advances and tools

Enhancing motivation

Future directions in CBT

Continuing Education:
Evidence Based Training Institute is proud to partner with the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri to provide continuing education credits for our events. Missouri licensure statutes indicate that these credits should be acceptable for all Missouri licensed mental health professionals. However, it is the sole responsibility of each workshop participant to confirm course approval with their respective regulatory board.


Casey Limmer, MSW, LCSW started her clinical career specializing in the treatment of trauma sustained by victims of violent crimes.  Her interests then turned for a time to bereavement issues among children who had lost a loved one.  She started Camp Dragonfly, a bereavement camp in Illinois based on cognitive behavioral therapy and integrated art, music, and movement therapies as well.  Eventually, her true calling presented itself as a passion for helping people who struggle with ******* and/or self-injury.  
It did not take long for Casey to realize that traditional CBT would not work with clients with severe depression and suicidal tendencies or with Borderline Personality Disorder.  Being a behavior therapist, she researched evidence-based modalities that showed promise for the treatment of suicidal individuals.  She received her first training in DBT in 2001 and immediately saw the many benefits it would have for her clients.  She went on to get intensive and advanced training in DBT, started 3 DBT programs in the area, completed a rigorous certification process, taught courses in CBT and DBT at Washington University in St. Louis, and now coordinates DBT Academy, a certification prep course for clinicians.  
Casey has been trained in CBT by Judith Beck and in DBT by Marsha Linehan.  She has taught hundreds of graduate students to use those time-tested and evidence-based clinical tools.  Casey has won the Excellence in Teaching Award from Washington University thanks to her humorous and engaging teaching style, incorporation of media examples and use of practice exercises throughout classes and workshops.

CBT for the 21st Century (Kansas City, MO)

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