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POSITIVE CBT: FOCUSING ON WHAT IS WORKING RATHER THAN WHAT IS NOT - New dimensions in CBT that identify and use client strengths and resources.

Renata Porzig-Drummond, PhD, BSc Psychology (Hon), Grad Dip Psychology, BA, Cert Holistic Couns
2 hours
Audio and Video
May 28, 2020
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Traditional CBT aims to identify and change clients’ unhelpful ways of thinking and patterns of unhelpful behaviour. Positive CBT shifts the focus from identifying what is not working in a client’s life to identifying what is working well for them, and helping the client build on these strengths. This fundamental change in perspective adds an important new dimension to CBT. Rather than exclusively focusing on deficits and how these can be addressed, Positive CBT allows therapists and clients to identify existing strengths and resources and harness these to develop resilience and achieve goals. Positive CBT skilfully combines traditional CBT techniques with techniques informed by Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Positive Psychology and integrates these fluently into a CBT framework.

The training session will include: (1) a brief overview of the theoretical underpinnings of Positive CBT; (2) the key differences between 

Positive CBT and traditional CBT; (3) Positive CBT techniques; and (4) application of these strength-based Positive CBT techniques in therapeutic and coaching practice. Practical examples are provided throughout the session and participant contribution is encouraged.

Participants will also have the opportunity to practice using the new techniques in role-plays and discuss how the techniques could be adapted to and integrated into their existing practice.

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PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Renata Porzig-Drummond, PhD, is a highly experienced professional development facilitator, specialising in applied psychology for over 15 years. Renata is passionate about behaviour change and her interests include emotional intelligence, positive psychology, and workplace communication.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond has employment relationships with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the University of Adelaide, and the Australian College of Applied Professions. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the International Coaching Federation, and the Anxiety Practitioners Network.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Know the difference between traditional CBT and Positive CBT.
  2. Understand strength-based CBT techniques.
  3. Apply Positive CBT techniques when working with clients.

“Positive CBT offers a new and exciting perspective on traditional CBT that both therapist and clients will appreciate!    Renata Porzig-Drummond

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Learning a strength-based perspective of CBT practice
  • Expanding your skills repertoire to include strength-based CBT techniques
  • Having an opportunity to practice Positive CBT techniques


  • The shift in perspective from traditional CBT to Positive CBT
  • Strength-based, practical Positive CBT techniques
  • Using Positive CBT techniques with clients

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Social Workers and Psychiatrists and Allied Health Professionals.

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