Upcoming Courses

24th Annual Summer Seminars: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Clinical Update

Robert M. Goisman, MD

July 29, 2013 – August 2, 2013 | 350 Quaker Road, Old Silver Beach - Cape Cod, Falmouth, MA | Sea Crest Beach Hotel More Information

The influence of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is widening as the importance of cost-effective, empirically validated, shorterterm treatment increases. From its beginnings as a treatment for specific phobias, CBT is now indicated for a wide range of mood and anxiety disorders. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a highly effective and very popular form of cognitive-behavioral treatment for patients with borderline personality disorder. Newest on the scene is the application of CBT to the treatment of psychotic symptoms. Topics to be covered will include a brief review of the development of behavioral and cognitive treatments; anxiety disorders, including panic, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder; mood disorders; DBT; and social skills training for schizophrenia. We will include a discussion of CBT for bipolar disorder and also discuss new applications of cognitive therapy to the treatment of delusions and hallucinations. We will in part utilize a case presentation format, in which a typical case will be presented at the beginning of each session and then later discussed using the principles developed that morning. Live role-playing exercises will also be used in order to illustrate the application of social skills training principles. Participants will be invited to present their own cases for cognitive-behavioral consultation.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Utilize specific techniques for anxiety reduction in patients with anxiety disorders;
  • Describe specific CBT interventions used in panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and PTSD;
  • Apply cognitive and behavioral therapy methods in the treatment of patients with unipolar depression and with bipolar disorder;
  • Describe a typical DBT curriculum;
  • Address issues in the office management of borderline patients from a DBT perspective;
  • Describe social skills training and cognitive restructuring as they apply to the serious and persistently mentally ill;
  • Describe areas of convergence as well as divergence in the relationship between CBT and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Additional Information


Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 15


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counselors: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School continuing education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The Week Long Summer Seminars for a maximum of 15 clock hours. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Social Workers: For information on the status of the application to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, please call 617-754-1265 or email: sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu.

Nurses: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Nursing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This summer program meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR).

ROBERT M. GOISMAN, MD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the former Director of Medical Student Education at Massachusetts Mental Health Center. His research interests have included behavioral therapy, anxiety disorders, and psychosocial rehabilitation in chronic mental illness. Dr. Goisman is a past recipient of the Elvin V. Semrad Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He is a past recipient of the Outstanding Psychiatrist Award from the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society for Public Sector Service. He is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In 2011 he received the Special Faculty Prize for Sustained Excellence in Teaching from Harvard Medical School.