Pre-congress workshop “Process-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been an enormous empirical and practical success over its more than 50+ year history. The situation surrounding evidence-based care has dramatically changed, however, and it is important for CBT to change as well. For decades, evidence-based therapy has been defined in terms of scientifically validated protocols focused on syndromes. That era is now passing awayand a new generation of evidence-based care has begun to move toward process-based CBT to target core mediators and moderators based on testable theories. This approach could have far-reaching implications for the theory and practice of psychotherapy. It might lead to a decline of named therapies defined by set technologies, a decline of broad schools, a rise of testable models, a rise of mediation and moderation studies, the emergence of new forms of diagnosis based on functional analysis, a move from nomothetic to idiographic approaches, and a move toward processes that specify modifiable elements. These changes might have the potential to integrate or bridge different treatment orientations, settings, and even cultures. This workshop will feature didactic presentations, demonstration of practical strategies and exercises how to utilize the core competencies of CBT in a pragmatic way that honors the behavioral, cognitive, and acceptance and mindfulness wings of the tradition in a new form of process-based CBT.