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Help Your Clients Build Their Best Life: Using DBT, MI, and Positive Psychology - Westlake
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When: Friday, May 17, 2019
9:00 AM
Where: United States

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Mental and behavioral health has received much less clinical attention than mental/behavioral “disorders.” The former is necessary for long-term, committed growth and consistent, effective treatment progress. Dialectical behavioral (DBT) and motivational interviewing (MI) techniques can improve intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, build strong rapport, and increase readiness to change. Positive psychology techniques may influence “happiness” indicators such as subjective well-being. This program will focus on how to utilize and integrate DBT, MI, and positive psychology interventions to improve client growth and facilitate better treatment outcomes in your practice. Emphasis will be placed on theory, outcomes, and techniques related to improving client motivation and readiness to change, strengthening rapport, and integrating health promotion with symptom reduction. You’ll walk away with strategies to assist your clients to autonomously utilize their strengths to build lives worth living well. This program is appropriate for practitioners (social workers, counselors, psychologists, marriage family therapists) and other (para)professionals who desire to improve attention to health promotion as well as symptom reduction with clients. Zachary Gerdes has a Master of Arts and is a a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Akron in Counseling Psychology. He has researched gender and health for most of the last decade in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. He teaches psychology and counseling techniques at the University of Akron and the Northeast Ohio Medical University. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Center 4 Brain Health where he teaches courses on gender, happiness, well-being, and neuropsychology. He serves as a consultant on issues related to men’s health (more at mindsandmen.org). He has more than 10 research publications and over 30 presentations. Clinically, Zach takes a multitheoretical approach integrating dialectical behavioral and gender-aware perspectives in addition to cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, positive psychology, and acceptance and commitment techniques. He has served in hospital, university, community mental health, and private practice settings.

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Cleveland State University

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(216) 687-3867

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Cleveland State University - West Center

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26202 Detroit Rd

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