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SDPA CE Event - Enhancing Your Psychotherapy Skills with Insights from Cognitive Science

  • 12/28/2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom


Enhancing Your Psychotherapy Skills with Insights from Cognitive Science

December 28, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 PM



Free for SDPA Members (must log in to register)
Non-Members - $15
Non-Member Student - $10

Presenter Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP

In this presentation, salient constructs associated with both psychotherapy and cognitive science are described and applied to patients and their therapists. It is assumed that an in-depth and evidence-based understanding of these constructs has the potential to enhance psychotherapy skillfulness. Following introductory remarks, content and processes central to psychotherapy (e.g., structure, collaboration, case conceptualization, psychoeducation, and standardized techniques) are presented. Next, an overview of cognitive science is provided, and relevant constructs are described (e.g., uncertainty, judgement, heuristics, bias, problem-solving, decision-making, expertise, intuition, and dual processing). Case examples are presented to demonstrate the application of these constructs to real-world practice and participants are invited to ask questions about clinical scenarios relevant to their own work. The content of this workshop has been intentionally assembled and organized to meet the needs of psychologists practicing at the doctoral level.

    Learning Objectives

    1.  Participants will be able to explain how insights from cognitive science may potentially enhance psychotherapy skills
    2.  Participants will be able to distinguish between System 1 (Type 1) and System 2 (Type 2) thinking and relate these dual processes to psychotherapy
    3.  Participants will be able to describe heuristics and discuss how they are relevant to functioning in clinical settings and in general
    4.  Participants will be able to relate cognitive effort, cognitive ease, and cognitive strain to psychotherapy expertise and intuition


      Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP is a Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His work focuses on assessment and treatment of complex psychological problems and addictive behaviors. He has taught university courses and workshops on psychotherapy, addictions, and evidence-based practice – and he has supervised hundreds of trainees. Dr. Liese has more than 75 publications, including two texts on addictive behaviors and a third book, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Addictive Disorders, which is in press (Liese & Beck, 2022). For his work in Division 50 of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Liese received a Division 50 President’s Citation. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training award from Division 50, and he received an APA Presidential Citation in 2018 for a lifetime of community volunteerism. Dr. Liese continues to teach, conduct research, and provide psychotherapy to approximately 25 patients per week.

        Target Audience:  

        Licensed psychologists, students, and other professionals

        Conflict of interest or commercial support:

        There is no commercial support or conflict of interest related to this program.

        Conflicts of Interest:
         As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, San Diego Psychological Association is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Please review the conflict of interest guideline below.

        APA Guidelines Regarding Potential Conflicts of Interest
        Consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair his or her objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

        CE Grievance Procedure
        SDPA is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the APAs Ethical Principles of Psychologists.  SDPA will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants.  
        See CE Grievance Procedure.

        Attendance Policy:
         CE Credit and Certificates will not be issued to those who arrive later than 10 minutes or leave early from any course scheduled time. This policy is strictly enforced to ensure compliance with APA Guidelines.

        Cancellation Policy:  No refund will be given to any registered individual who is a no-show to a course. Any individual canceling within 72 hours of a course will be refunded 50% of the course fee.

        ADA Compliant venue for accessibility accommodations contact Tami Magaro - sdpa@sdpsych.org.


        American Psychological Association
        The San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SDPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

        LCSW, LFMT, LEP & LPCC
        In California, APA approved CE’s are valid for licensed psychologists, licensed school psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, LEP & LPCC licensees. Though APA is a national organization, the out of state licensee should check with their state governing board to make sure that APA approved CE'’s are valid in their state for their license. 

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