Sept 28 CP for Resilience

The Power of Cognitive Processing: Helping Your Clients Build Resilience and Thrive Through Difficulty

Workshop Information

Date: Thursday, Sept 28 2017 – Sign-In: 9:30am – Workshop: 10:00am-5:00pm

Location: Maryland City at Russett Community Library: 3501 Russett Common, Laurel, MD 20724

Cost:     $139 early registration through Sept 21

$159 late registration after Sept 21

**$125 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more**

Presenter: Dr. Dwayne L. Buckingham

CEU Credits: 6 Maryland and DC Social Work Category 1 CEUs**

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Presenter Bio

Dr. Dwayne L. Buckingham is President and Chief Executive Officer of R.E.A.L. Horizons Consulting Service, LLC. He is a highly acclaimed international clinical psychotherapist, relationship expert and corporate consultant. Over the past 18 years, he has dedicated his life to helping individuals, couples and corporate leaders build healthy relationships by providing world-class consulting and training. As Deputy Chief of the Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic and Chief of Resiliency and Psychological Health Service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from 2009 to 2016, Dr. Buckingham provided executive coaching and resilience training for over 7000 military, civilian and contract personnel. He was well respected among his professional colleagues and earned the title of “The Empathy and Resiliency Doctor or The E.R. Doctor”.

Dr. Buckingham served as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force for nearly a decade and provided psychological assessments, treatment and psycho-educational training to over 30,000 individuals, couples, groups, and families worldwide. In recognition of his expertise as a superb psychotherapist and consultant, Dr. Buckingham received six Commendation medals, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and five Achievement/Unit Medals.

He has provided consulting services and training to employees and leaders from various organizations including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, United States Public Health Services (USPHS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA), United States Air Force, First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Habitat for Humanity, St. John’s Baptist Church, The Bowman Francis Ministry, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Buckingham holds a B.S.W. in Social Work from Jackson State University, a M.S.W in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. in Human Services from Capella University and is Board Certified by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. Dr. Buckingham is a highly sought-after consultant, trainer, professional speaker, author, seminar facilitator and relationship coach. He is also an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Sought-after as a public speaker for his thought-provoking and heart-felt presentations that educate and stimulate growth, Dr. Buckingham appears in the media on a regular basis. He has appeared on NBC, ABC, Fox, The CW 11 and The Daily Drum.

Workshop Description

Do you have clients who struggle with overcoming adversity? Would you like to be better equipped to help them overcome adversity? Would you like to learn the latest strategies for building individual resilience in the clinical setting? Would you like to develop resilience skills that will enable you to avoid burnout and excel professionally? If you answered yes to either one of the aforementioned questions, this workshop was designed specifically for you. In this engaging and interactive workshop you will receive an overview of the Power of Cognitive Processing and how it can be used build individual resilience.

Resilience is defined differently for many individuals because it takes on many forms and has various components, but most researchers agree that resilience is associated with an individual’s ability to bounce back after facing adversity. However, when faced with adversity a large percentage of clients struggle with understanding and modifying meanings attributed to their adversity. This in return affects their ability to bounce back.

The use of Cognitive Processing (CP) in treatment has proven to be an effective technique in helping clients build individual resilience. Through the use of CP, clients gain understanding of, and modify meanings attributed to their adversity. This techinque is taught in three phases which include focus on education and rapport building, formal processing of adversity and teaching of cognitive skills. Each phase will be explained in detail so that participants can apply the techniques effectively in treatment. Dr. Buckingham will share personal stories with participants to help them understand how he used Cogntive Processing to exchange a lifestyle filled with hardship, disappointment and dread to a lifestyle filled with favor, satisfaction and confidence. Participants will share personal stories and identify individuals who exemplify what it means to be resilient.

Workshop Objectives

1. Define resilience and describe adversity and challenges

2. Review Resilience Research

3. Identify and discuss factors for building resilience

4. Explain how Cognitive Processing can help clients gain insight into stuck points

5. Teach clients how to engage in resilient thinking and increase life satisfaction

6. Process Personal Resilience Stories (group activity).

Workshop Agenda


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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  Acceptance of these credits are granted for all trainings by The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  These credits are also accepted by The Virginia Board of Social Work, the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners as well and other state boards.  Our CEU Credit Page provides detailed information about Social Work credit acceptance for the above mental health professionals.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **