The National Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapies is running an Advanced CBT Workshop


The Therapeutic Relationship as a Change Agent in CBT – Enhancing Case Formulation, Collaborative Empiricism, and Guided Discovery Using Socratic Dialogue


Nikolaos Kazantzis, Ph.D. Melbourne, Australia.


Best Western Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.

Friday 20th September 2013


This workshop teaches advanced relationship skills within the cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) framework. Many therapists experience significant challenges in engaging and motivating clients in CBT interventions, or find it difficult to foster client ownership of the therapeutic process. Therapists also commonly report difficulties in deciding whether it is more important to emphasize the therapeutic relationship or the use of techniques in CBT.


What benefits can you expect from this workshop?


Through clinical demonstrations and structured experiential exercises, the workshop explicitly addresses therapist behaviors and qualities that promote a facilitative therapy relationship, to:


  • Enhance core counseling skills with CBT case formulation–learn how to use the CBT case formulation to adapt relationship elements for each client (e.g., empathy, goal consensus, positive regard/ affirmation, feedback)


  • Engage and motivate clients with collaborative empiricism – learn the stages in empiricism to set-up techniques that are tailored for each client, from the point of selection through their evaluation


  • Harness ownership and hope with Socratic Dialogue and guided discovery – learn stages of a ‘true’ discovery and appraise the role of the therapist influence/ persuasion


Such knowledge is particularly important in achieving optimal outcomes for clients, especially those with persistent interpersonal difficulties and complex presentations. This workshop is useful for mental health professionals with knowledge of CBT, beginning through advanced.


Nikolaos Kazantzis, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Founder/ Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Research Unit at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

Nikolaos’ specialist CBT training was undertaken primarily with Drs. Aaron T. Beck, Judith Beck, Cory Newman, and Leslie Sokol at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia, and with Dr. Christine Padesky from the Newport Beach Cognitive Therapy Center in California. He has undertaken clinical work in various public health settings (inpatient, outpatient and community mental health), including a specialist Cognitive Therapy Centre. He has developed group-based CBT treatment programs for anxiety and mood disorders and currently works in a private medical centre, where he provides CBT for adults and specialist CBT supervision.

As a workshop presenter he is appreciated for his depth of knowledge, compassion, and engaging presentation style. He has developed CBT training programs for over 5,000 professionals, and has presented over 60 workshops in 12 countries worldwide. His clear, organized, and practical workshops blend the latest scientific developments on the role of therapeutic process with clinical innovation.

His collaborative research has resulted in over 100 scholarly publications, including 3 practitioner books, which have been translated into several languages (available from Nikolaos is recipient of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy’s 2012 Scholar Award for “significant contributions to the field of cognitive therapy”, and the Australian Association of Cognitive Behavior Therapy’s Early Career Award for “research and clinical innovation in cognitive and behavior therapy.”

Nikolaos is current Editor-in-Chief for the Australian Psychological Society’s professional practice journal “Australian Psychologist”, and Associate Editor for “Cognitive Therapy and Research.” He is also the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy’s international delegate for Australia.