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Meta-Competencies in CBT: Enhancing your efficacy as a therapist by being self-reflective, communicative, creative, tuned-in, well-timed, well-read, and inspirational!
Meta-Competencies in CBT: Enhancing your efficacy as a therapist by being self-reflective, communicative, creative, tuned-in, well-timed, well-read, and inspirational!
Meta-Competencies in CBT: Enhancing your efficacy as a therapist by being self-reflective, communicative, creative, tuned-in, well-timed, well-read, and inspirational!

Meta-Competencies in CBT: Enhancing your efficacy as a therapist by being self-reflective, communicative, creative, tuned-in, well-timed, well-read, and inspirational!

Prof. Cory Newman

Professionals: $60.00 CAD +tax
Students: $48.00 CAD +tax


On 14th March 2024, Professor Newman will deliver a 90-minute webinar on meta-competencies in CBT with a focus on techniques for therapists to enhance their efficacy. This on-demand workshop will be a recording of that presentation.

Workshop Outline

The core competencies of cognitive-behavioural therapy, both in general and when applied to specific clinical concerns, have been well-documented. There are many seminal sources that guide us to conceptualize cases and to use CBT techniques that fit well with the client’s needs. This is all well and good, as there is a healthy database attesting to the efficacy of many CBT procedures and protocols. Nevertheless, this is not the entire story. Assessing a client’s problems and applying CBT techniques are indeed necessary competencies if we are to provide clients with efficacious treatment. However, optimizing the benefits of CBT requires that we as therapists work to improve our meta-competencies, which are the methods that facilitate clients’ investment in treatment and help clients to internalize and maintain what they have gained. Meta-competencies represent therapist characteristics and qualities that help them to bring the best of their interpersonal skills to bear on maximizing therapeutic bonding and collaboration with their clients. Further, meta-competencies include skills in the areas of communication (e.g., being very clear), organization and attention (e.g., staying on track in session whilst allowing for important digressions), timing (e.g., knowing when to make a point, and when to wait), creativity (e.g., using stories, metaphors, analogies, images), and being motivational (e.g., inspiring clients in a state of despair to want to live, and to believe in themselves).


This webinar will describe and illustrate the “meta-competencies” of conducting CBT. The presentation will build upon the evidence-based methods that are well-described in CBT manuals by highlighting therapist competencies that amplify the efficacy of CBT. Meta-competencies reflect the qualities and practices of individual therapists that show promise in helping their clients experience CBT with as much positive impact and staying power as possible. Some meta-competencies are closely related to the broad “foundational competencies,” including relational skills, cultural humility, and self-reflection. Other meta-competencies include an ability to communicate concepts and care very clearly to clients; having a good sense of timing and humour; being well-organized within sessions and across sessions for optimal continuity; possessing a good memory (e.g., for the facts of the client’s life) and similarly helping the client to remember the key lessons of therapy; using enlightening stories, images, metaphors, and analogies to make complex ideas accessible; bringing inter-disciplinary knowledge from a wide range of subjects and experiences into the therapeutic dialogue; and otherwise using words and gestures in creative ways to inspire clients to make important changes. Going beyond CBT competencies to develop our meta-competencies means that we are using the best of our personal strengths and styles in the service of sound, well-supported practices. It means that we are not just using techniques – we are also bringing our conceptual and relational skills to bear on each moment with our clients, speaking and listening effectively, being responsive to clients’ feedback, and making therapy inspirational and memorable.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

1. Maximize their interpersonal skills in the delivery of cognitive-behavioural therapy.

2. Utilize case conceptualization skills and cross-cultural sensitivity to assist in knowing what to say to clients, and what not to say to clients.

3. Practice self-reflection during therapy sessions and between sessions to adapt and improve their delivery of cognitive-behavioural therapy.

4. Bring their inter-disciplinary knowledge and creative thinking to therapy sessions to amplify your therapeutic messages, improve the client’s retention of the contents of therapy, and provide inspiration.

About the Presenter

Cory F. Newman, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy, Professor of Psychology, in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), and Adjunct Faculty at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Newman did his postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Prof. Aaron T. Beck, and he is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He has maintained a full clinical caseload and has extensive experience as a CBT supervisor, having supervised over 350 professionals-in-training, both at the University of Pennsylvania, and through the Beck Institute’s international training programs. Dr. Newman was recognized by the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy with the Outstanding Clinician Award for 2019. He is an international lecturer, having presented approximately 300 cognitive-behavioural therapy workshops and seminars at home in the U.S. as well as in twenty-three other countries. Dr. Newman is also the author of over 100 articles and chapters on cognitive-behavioural therapy for a wide range of disorders and clinical issues, and he has authored or co-authored six books, including two with Prof. Aaron T. Beck. On the side, Dr. Newman is an avid classical pianist.

Training Modalities

This workshop will include didactic content, vignettes that illustrate the clinical methods being described, and Q&A.

Who should attend

This presentation is suitable for mental health practitioners across disciplines and substance use counsellors. Therapists who practice low-intensity CBT as well as standard-course CBT will benefit from this presentation, as will clinicians of all levels of experience.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

Bespoke Mental Health Canada is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Bespoke Mental Health Canada maintains responsibility for the program. 
After viewing this workshop, participants will have the option to complete an evaluation form and a workshop knowledge quiz in order to be eligible to receive a certificate confirming the number of credits awarded. This certificate will be sent via email.
Participants who complete this webinar will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE credits.


Professionals: $60 CAD +tax
Students*: $48 CAD +tax
* Proof of student status may be required in order to qualify for a student rate.

Key References

Bennett-Levy, J., Thwaites, R., Haarhoff, B., & Perry, H. (2015). Experiencing CBT from the inside out: A self-practice, self-reflection workbook for therapists. Guilford Press.

Castonguay, L. G., & Hill, C. E. (Eds.) (2017). How and why are some therapists better than others? American Psychological Association.

Harvey, A. G., Lee, J., Smith. R. L., Gumport, N. B., Hollon, S. D., Rabe-Hesketh, S., et al. (2016). Improving outcome for mental disorders by enhancing memory for treatment. Behaviour Therapy and Research, 81, 35-46.

Roth, A. D., & Pilling, S. (2007). The competencies required to deliver effective cognitive and behavioural therapy for people with depression and people with anxiety disorders. London, England: Department of Health.

Stott, R., Mansell, W., Salkovskis, P., Lavender, A., & Cartwright-Hatton, S. (2010). Oxford guide to metaphors in CBT. Oxford University Press.

Whittingdon, A., & Grey, N. (Eds.) (2014). How to be a more effective CBT therapist: Mastering meta-competencies in clinical practice. Wiley Blackwell.

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