The Power of Cognitive Processing: Helping Your Clients Build Resilience and Thrive Through Difficulty

Brief Description:

Do you have clients who struggle with overcoming adversity? Would you like to be better equipped to help them overcome adversity? Would you like to learn the latest strategies for building individual resilience in the clinical setting? Would you like to develop resilience skills that will enable you to avoid burnout and excel professionally? If you answered yes to either one of the aforementioned questions, this workshop was designed specifically for you. In this engaging and interactive workshop you will receive an overview of the Power of Cognitive Processing and how it can be used build individual resilience.

Resilience is defined differently for many individuals because it takes on many forms and has various components, but most researchers agree that resilience is associated with an individual’s ability to bounce back after facing adversity. However, when faced with adversity a large percentage of clients struggle with understanding and modifying meanings attributed to their adversity. This in return affects their ability to bounce back.

The use of Cognitive Processing (CP) in treatment has proven to be an effective technique in helping clients build individual resilience. Through the use of CP, clients gain understanding of, and modify meanings attributed to their adversity. This techinque is taught in three phases which include focus on education and rapport building, formal processing of adversity and teaching of cognitive skills. Each phase will be explained in detail so that participants can apply the techniques effectively in treatment. Dr. Buckingham will share personal stories with participants to help them understand how he used Cogntive Processing to exchange a lifestyle filled with hardship, disappointment and dread to a lifestyle filled with favor, satisfaction and confidence. Participants will share personal stories and identify individuals who exemplify what it means to be resilient.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define resilience and describe adversity and challenges
  • Review Resilience Research
  • Identify and discuss factors for building resilience
  • Explain how Cognitive Processing can help clients gain insight into stuck points
  • Teach clients how to engage in resilient thinking and increase life satisfaction
  • Process Personal Resilience Stories (group activity).

I’ve Experienced a Lot of Adversity in My Life: What Can I Do to Remain Optimistic?


Hey Dr. B,

I have been going through some things in my personal life, and I do not know how to move on. I work very hard to remain positive and upbeat, but I have experienced a lot of adversity in my life. I was abused as a child, abandoned by my mother who used drugs and even experienced homelessness at one time. My mind is a mess. However, I keep pushing on because God has provided for me through the tough times. I have a heart of God and feel blessed because I am still breathing. Nevertheless, sometimes I still find it difficult to remain optimistic.

With such turmoil in my life, what can I do to remain optimistic?

Thanks in advance,

A Blessed Man

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