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Professor Stefan Hofman
Process Based CBT

7th December 2022
09.30 to 16.30 (UK)

Boston University USA

Alexander von Humboldt Professor, Phillips-University, Germany 

 
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Process Based CBT

ABSTRACT

Process-based CBT is a radical departure from the latent disease model of the DSM and ICD with its absurd proliferation of the protocols-for-syndrome approach. Instead, Process-based CBT focuses on how to best target and change core biopsychosocial processes in a specific situation for given goals with a given client. This approach recognizes that psychotherapy typically involves non-linear (rather than linear), bidirectional (rather than unidirectional), and dynamic changes of many (rather than only a few) interconnected variables. Effective therapy changes the entire system toward a stable and adaptive state by enhancing context-specific variability, selection and retention of biopsychosocial processes. Process-based CBT is, therefore, grounded in evolutionary science. For therapy to be most effective, we, therefore, need to embrace a systematic, assessment-guided, and theory-based approach to understand the relationships of the various problems of a given client. Functional analysis, the foundation of behavior therapy, provides the basis to understand these relationships. Process-based CBT acknowledges the complexity, inter-relatedness, and multidimensional levels of the problems in a given client. This workshop will illustrate how PBT is used to target key treatment processes by combining functional analysis with a dynamic and person-specific network approach.

 

Professor Stefan Hofman

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Professor Hoffman is Director of the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Lab at Boston University

Process Based CBT

To learn more about Process Based CBT take a look at this book, edited by Professor Stefan Hoffman and Steven Hayes

Front cover of Process Based CBT book
 

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