Keith Dobson

aaEABCT 2017 Proposals:

Full- day Preconference Workshop

Cognitive behavioral therapy for depression: Using case conceptualization to guide treatment

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression is one of the empirically validated treatments for depression, and so is widely promoted for clinical use.  At the same time, CBT includes a wide range of specific techniques and methods, and so is complex to learn and apply with consistency and a high level of skill.  The selection of optimal techniques, both in terms of their clinical impact and their efficiency, should be guided by the evolving case conceptualization of each client.   In this workshop, a comprehensive framework for depression based on risk and resiliency factors, will be presented, and the implications of this framework for CBT case conceptualization will be detailed.  The practical implications of this framework for the section of treatment methods will then be developed with the participants, and selected examples of high value techniques will be discussed.   The workshop will include a combination of presentation, case material and videos.

Key learning objectives

  • Describe risk and resilience factors for depression
  • Develop case conceptualization for cases of clinical depression
  • Learn how to select optimal treatment techniques based on case conceptualization
  • Implement high value techniques with patients who struggle with depression

Training modalities

  • Didactic and video presentation
  • Interactive exercises with participants to learn workshop content

Keynote Address

The training and dissemination of CBT for depression: Past failures and lessons learned

The core model of CBT for depression has not changed dramatically for some time, despite the promotion of training of CBT in many countries, and the development of novel strategies for dissemination such as stepped care, internet and app-based treatments.  This keynote address highlights some of the more recent strategies that have been employed to broadly disseminate CBT for depression, and the evidence base that surrounds these strategies.  Examples of more and less effective methods for training and dissemination will be discussed, and a model for optimal training and dissemination for cases of depression will be presented.   Implications of the training model for international dissemination, as well as a research agenda to investigate the model, will be discussed.

Dr. Keith Dobson

Dr. Dobson is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary in Canada.  His research has focused on both cognitive models and mechanisms in depression, and cognitive-behavioural therapy for depression.  Dr. Dobson's research has resulted in over 230 published articles and chapters, 14 books, and numerous conference and workshop presentations.  Recent work includes two DVD series, Evidence-based practice of CBT (with D. Dobson, Guilford press, 2016) and The therapeutic relationship in cognitive behavior therapy: The Heart and Soul of Effective Practice (with Kazantzis & Dattilio, Guilford Press, 2016).Dr. Dobson has been actively involved in organized psychology in Canada, including a term as President of the Canadian Psychological Association.  He is a Past-President of both the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy.  Dr. Dobson is also a Principal Investigator for the Opening Minds program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, with a focus on stigma reduction related to mental disorders in the workplace. Among other awards, he has been given both the Canadian Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession of Psychology, and the Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Psychology.