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Depression and anxiety represent the two presenting concerns at the root of most clinical mental health cases, especially in the majority of outpatient settings. It is critical for all mental health providers to possess a deep and reliable toolset to meet the growing need nationwide for treatment of depression and anxiety. It can be argued there is none better proven than what you get with cognitive and behavioral approaches that can be used alongside your chosen therapeutic orientation. Versatile, evidence-based, and easy to implement!

Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most empirically supported form of treatment for multiple psychiatric diagnoses and is widely considered the “gold standard” for treating a variety of problems encountered by consumers of behavioral health services. Most clinicians are familiar with standard CBT, but many practitioners in the trenches get “stuck” when following empirically supported protocol treating symptoms of depression and anxiety that seem to “hang on.” Leave this chock-full training not only with specific handouts, worksheets, and practical “tools,” but with a deeper schema-focused cognitive understanding of how to assess, conceptualize, and treat your clients with depression and anxiety that will transform the way that you work with your clients in your very next session!


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Attendance and Location Details


Date and Time


Friday, March 7, 2025, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm CST / 10:00am – 2:00pm EST / 7:00am – 11:00am PST



*Live Webinar Attendees: Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date




Foundational Tenets and Core Competencies (9am – 9:30am)
– Socialization to the cognitive model in a way that elicits buy-in and decreases dropout rate
– Levels of cognition and the role of beliefs in information processing
– Early Maladaptive Schemas
– Schema maintenance process

Case Formulation (9:30am – 10:00am)
– Developing Case Conceptualization and Hypotheses
– Collaboration with the Client
– Treatment Planning and Documentation

CBT Tools and Techniques (10:00am – 11:00am)
– Cognitive distortions – Cliff Notes version
– The 3 Types of Cognitive Interventions
– Behavioral Experiments and advanced cognitive distortions work
– Following the Affect
– The Downward Arrow and other techniques for Eliciting Underlying Core Beliefs

The Cognitive Model of Depression (11:00am – 11:45am)
– Facilitating Behavioral Activation
– Gratitude
– Decreasing Vulnerability to Negative Emotions
– Depression-Related schema work and the Negative Cognitive Triad

The Cognitive model of Anxiety (11:45am – 12:30pm
– Appraisal of Risk
– Developing internal and external resources
– Meta cognitive strategies for GAD
– Exposure-Based Strategies for Phobias
– Interoceptive Strategies

Application to clinical practice (12:30pm – 1:00pm)
– Collaborative Agenda Setting
– The 3 Stages in a CBT Session
– Self-Therapy Sessions



This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Describe methods of socialization to the cognitive model in ways that elicit client buy-in and decrease dropout rates.

b). State the 3 levels of cognition addressed in CBT.

c). Identify and describe the 18 early maladaptive schemas and explain their role in client information processing.

d). Create client-specific cognitive conceptualization maps that drive treatment planning, agenda setting, and documentation for clients with depression and anxiety.

e). Learn and implement behavioral activation activities to increase affect in depressed patients to enhance cognitive change.

f). Apply exposure-based and interoceptive strategies for phobias, panic disorder, GAD and other anxiety-related conditions.

Target Audience:

Mental Health Clinicians & Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Counselors, School Personnel,  and Healthcare Workers.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jeff Riggenbach, PhD

Material Author(s): Jeff Riggenbach, PhD

Jeff Riggenbach, PhD is a best-selling and award-winning author who has earned a reputation as an international expert in cognitive approaches to treating personality disorders. Over a 20-year period, he has developed and overseen CBT-based treatment programs for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addictive behavior disorders and personality disorders at two different psychiatric hospitals and clinics serving over 3,000 clients at multiple levels of care. Dr. Riggenbach trained at the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia, is a Diplomat of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and is a certified cognitive therapist. He has trained over 20,000 professionals worldwide including audiences in all 50 United States, The UK, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Riggenbach is the author of seven publications including his most recent clinical release The CBT Toolbox (2nd ed): A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians (2021) and his brand new general audiences book “Disarming High Conflict Personalities: Dealing with the 8 Most Difficult People in Your Life Before you Burnout!” (2022). Jeff is known for bridging the gap between academia, research findings, and day-to-day clinical practice, and his work has earned him the reputation for being “the practical tools guy.” His seminars on CBT, DBT, and Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy routinely receive the highest evaluations from conference participants in terms of clinical utility as well as entertainment value.

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