Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, from which he took early retirement, and he is now Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention, Miami (see He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and in a survey of clinicians he was voted "one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century." He has presented and consulted internationally. He has published extensively, and his latest books are Roadmap to Resilience (see, and The Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: A personal and professional journey with Don Meichenbaum.

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Don Meichenbaum

Constructive Narrative Psychotherapy: How to integrate narrative therapy procedures
August 6-10, 2018

We are each not only "homo sapiens," but also "homo narrans" or "story tellers". We are lived by the stories we tell ourselves and we tell others.

This workshop will provide a Constructive Narrative perspective of psychotherapy, highlighting what "expert" psychotherapists do that contributes to the most effective treatment outcomes. It will provide specific practical ways to integrate narrative psychotherapeutic procedures such as emotional processing, restorative retelling, adaptive disclosure, imagery rescripting, cognitive restructuring, journaling with exposure-based and skills-oriented stress inoculation training procedures. How to bolster resilience in six domains (physical, interpersonal emotional, cognitive, behavioral and spiritual) will be highlighted. The neurobiological and psychosocial benefits of a strengths-based treatment approach will be discussed. The application of this integrative approach with clinical populations who experience Complex PTSD, Prolong and Complicated Grief, Borderline Personality Disorders and Co-occurring disorders such as Substance Abuse will be demonstrated using video cases. In the aftermath of traumatic events, often the major way that individuals cope is to use some form of spirituality. How to integrate spirituality and psycho-therapy will be presented, as well as a life-span narrative treatment approach with "high-risk " children, adolescents and the elderly.

A comprehensive TO DO LIST will be provided, so attendees can take home interventions that they can apply immediately, both professionally and personally.

A Constructive Narrative Perspective of Psychotherapy

  • What distinguishes individuals ( 25%) who develop  PTSD and other disabilities from the 75% who evidence resilience?
  • The narrative, neurobiological and psychosocial differences and the treatment implications
  • How to implement the Core Psychotherapeutic Tasks: What " expert" psychotherapists do? 
  • How to spot "HYPE" in the field of psychotherapy; A 19 Item Checklist

Specific Ways To Integrate Narrative Therapeutic Procedures

  • How to implement narrative therapeutic interventions such as emotional processing, restorative retelling, imagery rescripting, adaptive disclosure,  cognitive restructuring, and journaling
  • Video case demonstrations

Application To Specific Clinical Populations

  • How to use narrative and evidence-based cognitive behavioral interventions to treat patients with Complex PTSD, Prolonged and Complicated Grief Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorders, and patients with Co-occurring disorders such as Substance Abuse
  • Ways to bolster resilience
  • Video case presentation and small group discussions

Ways To Integrate Spirituality and Psychotherapy

  • Assessment of the role that spirituality and religion play in your patient's coping repertoire
  • How to conduct culturally-sensitive spiritually -oriented psychotherapy

A Life-Span Narrative Treatment Approach

  • High-risk children, adolescents  and the elderly
  • The future of psychotherapy using computer technology with a Narrative approach
  • How to bolster Vicarious Resilience in psychotherapists: How to help the helpers
  • A "TO DO" CHECKLIST   What attendees can take home and apply professionally and personally 

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We are delighted to welcome Don Meichenbaum in his first appearance at the Institute!

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