Keynote: “How can we help clients to be self-therapists?”
CASH: Psycho-educational Program integrating CBT, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness: An Asian Perspective.
The most important goal of CBT is training clients to be self-therapists. CBT has been evolving and begets Schema Therapy and Mindfulness based approaches.
As the Fellow of ACT (Academy of Cognitive Therapy) and ISST (International Society of Schema Therapy) certified Schema therapist, the presenter tried to develop Trans-diagnostic Integrated Psychotherapy.
The presenter started from the cognitive model based on Aaron Beck’s cognitive theory and tried to assimilate different theories and techniques among the existing evidence-based psychotherapies. With cognitive behavioral therapy, several thousands of my patients learned how to solve their own problems as the self-therapist, but still there were many patients do not respond well to CBT and we call them treatment-resistant cases who usually have co-morbid problems, especially personality disorders. That was why schema focused therapy was developed, especially by Jeffrey Young. With Schema Therapy, the presenter could help more patients with Personality Disorder who did not respond well with CBT.
Even though with powerful effectiveness of schema therapy, the presenter still needed something more to help patients who were suffering from unchangeable problems. Naturally, the presenter found a “third wave” of cognitive and behavioral therapies, including ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive therapy), which expanded the concepts to other disorders and/or added novel components and mindfulness exercises.
It is not easy to train clients various theories and skills of CBT, Schema therapy and Mindfulness based approaches.
Through this lecture, the presenter will introduce CASH (Change and Acceptance Self Healing) program which is based on the integration of CBT, schema therapy, and mindfulness approaches and show the effectiveness of CASH program with the result of investigated symptoms of depression and anxiety along with the changeability of thoughts and attitudes after completion of 6-sessions of CASH program.
For the past 30 years, I worked with my patients, students, colleagues, and supervisors. When I had encountered obstacles, those were challenging problems that I need to find out solutions.