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34th Annual Cape Cod Symposia

Treating Victims of Interpersonal Violence: Practical Ways To Bolster Resilience Across the Life-Span

- Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.
July 31 - August 4, 2017, Cape Cod, MA

Program & Presenter

Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment of Victims of Violence, Miami ( He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy and in a survey of clinicians, he was voted “one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.” He has received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Meichenbaum’s presentation is based on his wealth of experience working with, and training psychotherapists who treat abused children, adolescents and adults who have been victims of interpersonal violence (sexual abuse, domestic violence, torture, bullying and combat). His recent book Roadmap to Resilience offers specific examples of ways to bolster patient’s resilience (

Symposium Description

The focus of this ADVANCED WORKSHOP will provide practical interventions and resources that you can use right away to help bolster resilience in your abused child, adolescent and adult patients who have experienced various cumulative forms of family and community violence. Dr. Meichenbaum will provide a Case Conceptualization Model of risk and protective factors that explain the high incidence of resilience in survivors of interpersonal violence and consider the implications for conducting treatment. He will provide a strengths-based Constructive Narrative treatment approach and demonstrate ways to implement the Core Tasks of psychotherapy that can be employed in a life-span manner to “high-risk” children, adolescents and adults. How to implement evidence-based integrative interventions for patients with co-occurring disorders such as PTSD, substance abuse disorders, prolong and complicated grief disorders and moral injuries will be discussed. Specific populations to be considered include victims of sexual abuse, victims of family, school and community violence, and returning soldiers. Attendees will receive a comprehensive “TO DO” list designed to facilitate their level of “expertise”.

Symposium Schedule


  • The incidence and neuro-biological and psycho-social impact of interpersonal violence/ A Case Conceptualization Model/ HOW TO address issues of safety; establish and maintain a therapeutic alliance; use patient-informed feedback; conduct risk assessments/ Motivational interviewing/ Collaborative goal-setting and psycho-education/ Critique of alternative evidence-based treatment approaches


  • How to conduct exposure-based interventions and adaptive disclosure procedures/ Skills-training and generalization guidelines/ Integrative interventions for patients with co-occurring disorders/How to integrate spirituality and psychotherapy as a way to bolster patient resilience


  • Incidence and impact of victimization in “high -risk” children and their families/ How to conduct TF-CBT and cognitive behavior play therapy/ Treatment of victims of child sexual abuse/ Ways to bolster resilience in children and their families/ Role of schools and principals


  • Incidence and impact of interpersonal violence in adolescents/ Suicide risk assessment and interventions/ Implementing the Core Tasks of treatment with adolescents/ Trauma-informed treatment with victims of human trafficking/ Bolstering resilience in LGBTQ youth


  • Family-based and community-based resilience-engendering interventions “It takes a village”/ How to help the helpers