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June Workshop

  • June 25, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


Enhancing your psychotherapy skills by focusing on the therapy process and avoiding common errors

Presented by Dr. Bruce S. Liese

Receive 3 CE's

The purpose of this workshop is to enable participants to enhance their psychotherapy skills by focusing on the therapy process. Participants are encouraged to consider how they conceptualize patients’ problems, structure sessions, collaborate with patients, and assist patients in acquiring important skills. Common therapy process errors are reviewed. Therapists are reminded to continually develop and test their hypotheses, remain curious and open-minded, stay focused in sessions, pay appropriate levels of attention to their own feelings, avoid being emotionally activated by patients’ problems, and (perhaps most important) remain aware of the complex dynamics of human change processes.


Dr. Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP is Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at KU Medical Center and Clinical Director of the Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment at KU Lawrence. His work focuses primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of complex psychological problems and addictive behaviors. He has taught numerous courses and workshops on individual psychotherapy, group therapy, addictions, and evidence-based practice, and he has supervised hundreds of psychotherapy trainees. Dr. Liese has more than 75 publications and he has co-authored three books with Dr. Aaron T. Beck. Dr. Liese has received a President’s Citation and a Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training award from APA Division 50, and an APA Presidential Citation for his work as a Citizen Psychologist – developing and implementing programs for underserved persons in his community. Dr. Liese continues to provide individual and group therapy to an average of 25 patients per week.


  • Participants will be able to describe at least one complex psychotherapy process skill they wisto further develop

  • Participants will be able to describe at least one common therapy process error they wish to avoid in the future

  • Participants will be able to explain why it is difficult (for both patients and therapists) to make desired psychological and behavioral changes

LOCATION: Zoom Meeting. Attendees will receive the meeting link in their emails. Deadline to register is 6 PM on June 24th.

COST: Free for GKCPA members. $15 for nonmembers/guests.

This is only approved as a live, interactive CE presentation. Participants will have the same physical presence expectations through video that would be required for in-person events to gain CE credit.

Greater Kansas City Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Greater Kansas City Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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