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with Donald Meichenbaum PhD

First broadcast: Friday April 30th 2021, 10am to 5:30pm GMT

We are delighted to offer the recording of this workshop from one of the most eminent living psychologists, Dr Donald Meichenbaum PhD.

This is now available as an Online Workshop to purchase for £85. See below for more details.

Workshop description

In the aftermath of experiencing traumatic and victimizing experiences most individuals are impacted, but some 75 % go onto evidence resilience and the capacity to handle ongoing adversities. In contrast, some 25 % get stuck and experience adjustment challenges and a variety of co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

In this presentation, Dr Meichenbaum will discuss what distinguishes these two groups and the treatment implications.

He will provide a Case Conceptualisation Model of risk and protective factors that informs treatment decision-making, and will review The Core Tasks of therapy that contribute to lasting change.  A special section will focus on how psychotherapy for PTSD can be enhanced by employing such interventions as Constructive Narrative procedures, Hypnosis, Mindfulness and  Stress Inoculation Training.

Dr Meichenbaum will present how to provide integrated treatment for such co-occurring disorders such as Substance Abuse, Depression and Suicidality, Prolonged and Complicated Grief  – and the very important elements of how to integrate spirituality and psychotherapy will also be addressed.

Building in and bolstering resilience is a key focus of Dr Meichenbaums' approach and considerations of developing and strengthening resilience across all domains will be considered, in addition the important question of how we can build resilience in ourselves as therapists working with trauma and in our schools and communities will be addressed.

Finally, “how to spot HYPE in the field of psychotherapy: a 19 item checklist” will be presented.

Participants will receive a detailed handout and a to-do list of therapeutic procedures that they can use immediately.

Dr Meichenbaum is extremely generous with his knowledge and sharing his materials. We can assure you there will enough in this one day workshop to unpack and implement for many years!

Working learning objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the field of psychotherapy of PTSD and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – and be able to spot HYPE in the field of psychotherapy
  2. Use a Case Conceptualization Model of risk and protective factors that informs both assessment and treatment decision-making
  3. Implement the Core tasks of psychotherapy that contribute to “lasting behavioural changes” in clients with PTSD and co-occurring psychiatric disorders
  4. Supplement Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Cognitive Narrative procedures and interventions such as Hypnosis, Mindfulness and Stress Inoculation Training
  5. How to include spirituality and religious approaches
  6. Bolster clients' resilience in physical, interpersonal, emotional, cognitive and behavioural domains
  7. Ways to bolster resilience in therapists working with trauma, in schools, and in communities

Workshop Structure and Format

This workshop is now available as an online workshop.

Dr Meichenbaum will record presentations for the 4 sections (Morning, Before Lunch, 1stAfternoon session, 2nd Afternoon Session). This is to ensure that there are no internet connection issues during the main presentations.

At the end of each session, there will be a 15 minute LIVE Questions & Answers session with Dr Meichenbaum.

What people have to say about the workshop

“This was one of the best CPD courses I have attended. Donald's congruence, experience and expertise were evident throughout the day. He ensured his ideas were practical and accessible and showed great generosity of spirit in providing a wealth of material as well as links to a multitude of free resources. I especially valued his emphasis on the therapeutic relationship in all forms of therapy and his own humility was very much in evidence. Thank you for an excellent day.”

― Jacqueline Hicks, Diploma in CBH trainee

“Wonderful webinar with Donald Meichenbaum – who put the ‘C' in CBT . Once again UK College is ‘on point' – by helping to progress the best of evidence based practice with the endorsement of a legend in the psychotherapy field. Engaging funny and turbo charged; cutting through the hype and promoting best practise for the benefit of practitioners and clients alike. Good job.”

― Caroline Brown, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist,

“A fantastic learning day delivered by one of the true greats in the Psychotherapy field, Donald Meichenbaum. Totally up to date with today's issues and he remains as relevant today as when he was instrumental in the birth of CBT. It was both captivating and motivating and clearly demonstrated where the College is really heading with the obvious synergy and personal alignment of the College's Principal, Mark, and Donald.”

― Clare White, Diploma in CBH trainee

About Dr Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D

Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of  Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from which he took early retirement 25 years ago. He is presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami, Florida (please visit He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and in a survey of clinicians reported in the American Psychologist, he was voted  “one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.”

He was the Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association and he has received a Lifetime Achievement  Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association. His article with Scott Lilienfeld on How to Spot Hype in Psychotherapy: A 19 Item Checklist won was awarded “Best Contribution to the Field of Psychotherapy” by the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.
(Available here:

He has presented in all 50 U.S. States and internationally.

He has published extensively and his latest books include Roadmap to Resilience  (,  Treatment of Individuals with Addictive Disorders, and Evolution of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – in addition to his classics: Stress Inoculation Training and Cognitive Behavioural Modification: An Integrative Approach – and many more.

Dr Meichenbaum is literally one of the founders who put the C in CBT nearly 40 years ago. His contributions to the field of coping with stress and resilience are legendary.

Dr Meichenbaum's presentations are noted for the blending of critical scholarship, clinical practicality and humour. He is extremely generous in sharing his materials and knowledge.

You can read more about Donald Meichenbaum here.
And he has incredible set of resources on the Melissa Institute website here:

Dr Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D

How to book the workshop

Online workshop fee: £85

This workshop was run as a live webcast event on 30th April 2021. 

You can now purchase it as an online workshop, and have access for 12 months. Click the link below to book.