Onsite Training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
– Mental Health Centers
– Drug / Alcohol Treatment Centers
– Child / Adolescent Treatment Centers
– Colleges / Universities
– Residential Treatment Centers
– Military Bases
All of our trainings include a manual. The certification trainings also provide a diploma upon successful completion.
Each training we conduct emphasizes both the theoretical / philosophical foundation of the approach and the step-by-step systematic treatment approach. Understanding of both is required for the successful practice of any cognitive-behavioral approach.
We can provide trainings that are specific to your organization’s concerns / needs.
To request more information, or to schedule a training, click here.
The following is a partial list of the various locations at which we conducted onsite trainings.
|Jewish Family Services — (Denver, CO)
Livingston County Mental Health (Michigan)
Oakland County Mental Health (Michigan)
Cornell Abraxis (Erie, PA)
VisionQuest (National Adolescent Treatment Program)
Naval Substance Abuse Rehab Program (Pensacola, FL)
Tree of Life Behavioral Health (Philadelphia, PA)
Family Counseling Center (Kennett, MO)
Counseling Services of Eastern Arkansas
Ocean Mental Health (Toms River, NJ)
Traveler’s Aid (Philadelphia, PA)
Walden / Sierra (Maryland)
Doe Fund (New York, NY)
Black Family Development (Detroit, MI)
Association of Hispanic Counselors (Philadelphia, PA)
Captial Area Mental Health Consortium (Harrisburg, PA)
PA Dept. of Public Welfare – Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services
Trinity Social Services, LLC. (Atlanta, GA)Grand Rapids Community College — Grand Rapids, MI
|VA Medical Center (Fresno, CA)
Region Seven Mental Health (Monroe, LA)
Region Eight Mental Health (Shreveport, LA)
Providence Service Corporation (Tucson, AZ)
Jersey City Medical Center (Jersey City, NJ)
Veterans Administration (Potomac, MD)
Camelot Community Care (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Henderson Mental Health (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Montgomery County Mental Health (Maryland)
Tri-County Commission on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (SC)
Dolphin Concepts (Charleston, SC)
Genesis Counseling (Myrtle Beach)
Palmetto Professional Education (Myrtle Beach)
Catholic Charities (Phoenix, AZ)
Cumberland Mt. Community Services (Virginia)
Central Michigan Community Mental Health (Mt. Pleasant, MI)
RMH Behavioral Health (Harrisonburg, VA)
Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc.
Alcohol, Drug, & Mental Health Services — Santa Barbara, CA
Alternative Opportunities (Springfield, MO)
Our Most Popular Program
Our most popular program is our Level-One Certification Seminar in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (Rational Living Therapy). It is a three-day training that is very comprehensive. Attendees learn the start-to-finish systematic approach, as well as how to deal with difficult and challenging clients who resist therapy, and an comprehensive introduction to applying it to various problems (depression,anxiety, etc…).
The systematic approach presented in this training is so straightforward and practical that attendees can begin implementing it immediately. The Rational Living Therapy cognitive-behavioral approach is the main therapeutic approach for the national adolescent treatment program, VisionQuest. It takes the best of the cognitive-behavioral approaches Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Schema Therapy, as well as original approaches and techniques and delivers it in a
very systematic manner.
To be certified, a person must possess at least a Masters degree (or be a graduate student) in a mental health profession. For those who do not meet that criterion, a paraprofessional certification can be granted.
The training fee includes a comprehensive manual and the certification certificate. Each training day usually runs from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Of course, that can be adjusted, as long as the total training time is 18 hours, excluding breaks.
The fee for the three-day training for up to 35 attendees is $6,500 (this fee includes travel expenses. No additional fee is charged for travel expenses within the continental USA. Additional charges might apply for travel outside of the continental USA). If by chance you would have more than 35 people for us to train, please let us know, and we can give you the rate for that. We can train as many therapists as you would like during a training.
Course Objectives for Rational Living Therapy
Level-One Certification Seminar
Total Contact Hours: 18
Attendees will learn:
1. The Theory of Rational Living Therapy
a. How thoughts are acquired and how to utilize thought acquisition theory to develop psychotherapeutic techniques.
b. Cause of normal and abnormal emotional and behavioral response.
c. Myths and misconceptions of cognitive-behavioral therapy
d. Psychotherapeutic characteristics of Rational Living Therapy
2. Rational Living Therapy Assessment Techniques
a. Differentiating learned vs. not-learned emotional / behavioral problems
b. Determining core beliefs utilizes the vertical arrow technique
3. Conversational Persuasion Techniques
a. How to indirectly suggest that the client will succeed and indirectly encourage a desired outcome.
b. A variety of conversational persuasive techniques will be presented, including: Truisms, embedded commands, illusion of choice,
positive label bind, Non-sequitur double bind, time bind, apposition of opposites
4. ABC’s of Emotions and Reflexive Thoughts
a. Attendees will learn the RLT definition of emotions and how to teach clients the cause of their emotional / behavioral problems.
b. How to teach clients how to assess reflex or automatic thoughts
c. How to encourage an internal locus of control
5. Rational Questions
a. The Three Rational Questions and how to teach them to clients so that they can determine for themselves whether or not their thoughts
/ behaviors are rational for them.
6. Thought Disputing Techniques
a. How to dispute thoughts with clients.
b. Techniques presented: didactic, Socratic, indirect, physical, self-disclosure
7. Common Mental Mistakes
a. The 25 Common Mental Mistakes, including:
All or none thinking, overgeneralization, discounting the positive, mental filter, irrational should statements, confusing
needing with wanting, confusing possibility with probability,
relying vs. depending, irrational definitions.
b. How to teach the common mental mistakes to clients
8. The Stages of Emotional Re-education
a. How to teach the stages of emotional re-education to clients
b. Excellent examples of how to demonstrate the experience of
c. How to emphasize to clients the importance of practicing their new thoughts.
9. Rational Action Planner
a. How to teach clients how to complete a Rational Action Planner
10. Rational Hypnotherapy
a. Attendees will learn what hypnotherapy is and why it is utilized in
Rational Living Therapy
11. Practicing Techniques
a. How to teach clients various thought and behavior practicing
techniques, including Simple script rehearsal, rational
visualization, self-hypnosis, systematic desensitization
12. Therapy Termination
a. Attendees will learn how to determine when it is appropriate to end
a. How to identify and help clients overcome over twenty causes of
resistance in therapy, including:
Fear of discomfort, fear of disclosure / shame, symptom stress,
suppression, reactance / rebelliousness, severe disturbance,
secondary gain, hopelessness, guilt / shame, cognitive-emotive
b. How to help clients identify their own reasons for resistance
c. How to engage poorly motivated clients with excellent Rational Living
Therapy goal producing strategies
14. Persuasive Techniques
a. How to help clients to at least consider new thoughts utilizing
various persuasive techniques, including:
Creating a mind-set, changing physiology, providing a two-sided
argument, changing parameters of behavior
15. Application of Rational Living Therapy
a. Attendees will develop an introductory understanding of the mental
mistakes associated with various disorders / problems, and how
to overcome those mental mistakes.
b. Disorders covered include:
Depression, anxiety, anger, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder,
guilt, low self-esteem, compulsive behavior, drug / alcohol
16. Advanced Rational Living Therapy Techniques
a. Attendees will learn advanced behavioral techniques utilized in RLT,
Contingent reinforcement, reinforcement of incompatible
behavior, classical conditioning, rational reminders, positive /
negative imagery, tour-through-the-future technique
To request more information, or to schedule a training, click here.