The Contextual Behavior Therapy Fellowship Program aims to provide mental health professionals who have begun to work with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy with a forum for ongoing consultation. The program provides participants with opportunities in which they can further expand their grasp of third-wave behavioral approaches to facilitate meaningful change within a radically accepting therapist-client partnership. Each seminar will invite you to ponder your personal aspirations as a therapist and gently face the various barriers that limit or even thwart your efforts to be fully present and responsive to persons engaged in a painful struggle to identify and create meaning in their life. To that end, you will be invited to explore the clinical applications of a contextual behavioral perspective and the specific practices of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
You will be invited to examine your personal reactions in work with clients as a means of enhancing your experiential knowledge of this perspective. In doing so, you will further develop the clinical “eyes” and “ears” necessary to promote the meaningful life many clients seek.
The course of study will begin with an introduction of a third wave application of basic behavior principles to the moment-to-moment interaction between client and therapist. Thereafter, in order to be sensitive to your particular interests and needs, participants will have the option of working through the topics outlined or focus on one or two modes of therapy (i.e., Dialectical Behavior Therapy or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). The topics of study will include:
Basic Behavioral Principles
Application of Basic Behavioral Principles therapist-client moment-to-moment interaction.
Operant behavior as indicator of change-oriented interventions.
Respondent behavior as indicator of acceptance-oriented interventions.
Post Skinnerian (Relational Frame Theory)
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy
Clinically Relevant Behaviors (I, II, III)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT perspective on “pathology.”
Six Core Processes
The focus of sessions will alternate between lectures and case application. Didactic sessions involve a combination of activities including lectures and discussion. Case application sessions include opportunities for participants to present cases, formulate targets of treatment, identify ways of intervening, and to participate in experiential exercises and real plays.
Class size is limited. Early applications encouraged.
October 4 & 18
November 1 & 15
December 6 & 13
January 3 & 17
February 7 & 14
April 3 & 17
May 1 & 15
All sessions will be held on Friday mornings from 9:00am-Noon at:
The University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration:
969 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Master’s degree in social work or related field required.
While the application process for 2019-2020 has closed, please contact our office directly if you meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in participating.
The application process requires:
• Completed application form
• Brief personal statement (one to two pages) indicating your interest in this perspective and how you might integrate it in your practice
(Note: please detail your exposure to DBT, ACT, etc. in your resume or personal statement)
Participants who complete the program will receive 45 CEUs.
The Professional Development Program at SSA is a State of Illinois licensed provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists. License numbers: 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.
Information on PDP discounts can be found Here
APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO:
Professional Development Program
The University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration
969 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Tel: (773) 702-1166
Fax: (773) 702-7222
Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in the program should contact the Professional Development Program office at least two weeks in advance of the initial class for assistance.