Kevin T. Kuehlwein, PsyD, ACT
I felt like this workshop involved us more as participants than many I’ve been to. We heard about, then saw examples of how to apply certain techniques, then got to practice them ourselves to develop a greater confidence and sense of competence, getting some corrective feedback from our role play partners as well as the instructors, who circulated and provided suggestions as to how to improve things.
The material was very understandable, not abstract and the handouts were likewise simple, yet powerful, so I felt like I could use them quickly and effectively.
I learned how useful it was to have a single sheet that combines key elements of the conceptualization (i.e., vicious cycles) and yet also helps clients learn how to step back and evaluate their thoughts effectively. When I used one of these sheets the day after the workshop the client was surprised and confused at how much better she felt just by writing this all down and yet responding to it in a different way. She felt more connected to the therapy approach, less self-critical, and more hopeful about change – always good things.
I think this approach offers some concrete advantages over some other approaches I’ve seen in other workshops, esp. because it’s not as complex and abstract. I’d describe it as elegant because of how immediately applicable it seems to be.