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Evidence based techniques for working effectively with the five most challenging client groups

Event Details
Date: 24th May 2019
Venue: Adelaide, SA
CPD hrs: 7

Early bird: $338

Standard: $358

Organiser: Tatra
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Clients with complex needs are often labelled as "challenging" or as "having challenging behaviour". They may challenge your way of working but there are many strategies you can use in order to enhance your practice and achieve best client outcomes.

Best practice in working with people with complex needs involves continually reflecting on your practice and considering new ways to provide support while incorporating principles of best practice, flexibility and engagement. The pathways to recovery and better functioning are all different for different clients, and it can't be assumed that providing care the same way to all people will be effective and will result in positive client outcomes unless we, as practitioners, continuously work on extending and adapting our toolbox of strategies and techniques that enhance our clinical ability to engage and assist clients.

Attend this seminar and learn how you can develop a further modify CBT, DBT and Schema Therapy techniques you currently use to better support clients with complex needs.

Join Dr Jeff Riggenbach who trained with the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and has developed expertise in applying CBT, DBT and Schema Therapy to work with clients who are seen as challenging and complex for one reason or another

Learning objectives

  • Multiple cognitive and behavioural strategies that you can integrate into your practice in order to immediately improve client outcomes
  • In depth schema focused interventions that are useful for addressing more persistent clinical and behavioural problems such as self sabotaging and or risk taking behaviours, chronic depression and anxiety, suicidality, substance misuse.
  • Cognitive conceptualisations for multiple difficult to address symptoms sets. The role of maladaptive schemas in information processing and communication breakdowns
  • Modifying schemas that drive persistently problematic behaviours
  • Strategies for regulating emotions
  • Challenging behaviours that are used as a communication strategy
  • Increasing your skills and confidence in working with people with complex needs

Presenter details

Dr Jeff Riggenbach is one of the most sought after trainers in the USA in the area of CBT and personality functioning. He has authored three books. His best seller 'The CBT toolbox: a Workbook for clients and clinicians' was recently named one of the 30 best self help books for depression. 'BPD toolbox: A Practical Evidence Based Guide to Regulating Intense Emotions' won two Benjamin Franklin awards for being among the best books in the categories of psychology and self help. His third book 'Personality Disorders Toolbox' was released in November 2018.

Location and date

Next Gen Memorial Drive

24 May 2019


Early bird: $338 (registrations prior to 8 April 2019)

Standard: $358



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