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.  

Contextual Behavior Therapy Fellowship ProgramYou 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:

  1. Basic Behavioral Principles
    1. Respondent Conditioning
    2. Operant Conditioning
  2. Application of Basic Behavioral Principles therapist-client moment-to-moment interaction.
    1. Operant behavior as indicator of change-oriented interventions.
    2. Respondent behavior as indicator of acceptance-oriented interventions.
  3. Verbal Behavior
    1. Skinnerian
    2. Post Skinnerian (Relational Frame Theory)
  4. Functional Analytic Psychotherapy
    1. Therapist functions
    2. Clinically Relevant Behaviors (I, II, III)
    3. Five Principles
  5. Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    1. Skills (group)
    2. Individual Therapy
    3. Telephone Consultation
    4. Consultation Group
  6. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    1. ACT perspective on “pathology.”
    2. Psychological Inflexibility/Flexibility
    3. Creative Hopelessness
    4. Six Core Processes
  7. Mindfulness-based Sobriety
  8. The Unified Protocol

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. 

2017- 2018 SCHEDULE

Classes take place twice a month from October 2017-May 2018. Specific dates are listed below. 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

2017

October 6 and 13
November 10 and 17
December 1 and 15

2018

January 12 and 26
February 9 and 23
March 9
April 13 and 27
May 4 and 11

ELIGIBILITY

Master’s degree in social work or related field required. 

ADMISSION INFORMATION

Applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship are closed. Applications for the 2018-2019 program should be submitted as follows:

The application process requires:

• Completed application form

• Resume

• 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)

Apply online: Click Here

Or

Mail your application materials to:

The Professional Development Program
The University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration
969 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
pdp@ssa.uchicago.edu

CREDIT

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.

TUITION
Tuition for the 2018-2019 program will be announced in early 2018
PDP discounts cannot be applied to this program.

INSTRUCTORS

Paul Holmes
Nick Turner
Jancey Wickstrom

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
Email: pdp@ssa.uchicago.edu
ssa.uchicago.edu/professional-development

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. 

Jeri Laureano

Jeri Laureano, AM '83

“We do our best every day to provide our clients with opportunities to build a better life. We have former clients who now work at ChildServ, making money so that they can support themselves and their family. I think that says a lot about who we are at ChildServ.”