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Approved for 1 Credit HourCognitive restructuring is the process by which therapists help clients to identify, evaluate, and if necessary, modify unhelpful thoughts, images, and self-statements.  This workshop will provide a step-by-step illustration of techniques to work with unhelpful cognitions in CBT.  Participants will gain an understanding of the rationale and purpose of cognitive restructuring, as well as strategies for implementing specific cognitive restructuring techniques with clients.






  • To understand the rationale for and purpose of cognitive restructuring.
  • To learn strategies for identifying the most relevant thoughts to subject to cognitive
  • To learn sets of questions that can facilitate the restructuring of negative or unhelpful
  • To learn how to use thought records.
  • To gain exposure to other techniques that facilitate cognitive restructuring, such as
    coping cards and behavioral experiments.
  • To develop an understanding of the manner in which particular cognitive restructuring
    techniques are useful with particular clinical presentations.

Amy Wenzel, Ph.D. ABPP is a licensed psychologist, clinical assistant professor at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania and adjunct faculty member at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa and completed her clinical psychology internship at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.  She has authored or edited 11 books and approximately 100 journal articles and book chapters, many of which are on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or cognitive processes associated with psychopathology.  She has trained and supervised over 150 therapists in the delivery of CBT and lectures nationally on CBT for depression, anxiety, suicidality, addictions, and perinatal distress.  Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (now the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation), and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  She is on the scientific advisory board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, has held leadership positions within the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and is an associate editor of BMC Psychology.  She divides her time between clinical practice, training and supervision, and scholarly writing and research.