Dr. Irismar Reis de Oliveira
Dr. Irismar Reis de Oliveira

Registration is open for a free 8-week workshop series on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy (TBCT) that will be held at the Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building (BBSB) beginning March 14.

The workshop series will be held 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday from March 14 until May 2 inside Conference Room 3164 at the BBSB (1941 East Road). Dr. Irismar Reis de Oliveira, professor of psychiatry in the Department of Neurosciences and Mental Health at the Federal University of Bahia and founder of the TBCT Institute, will be in attendance for the series, which offers hands-on training sessions with theoretical explanations, practical demonstrations by means of role-play with a participant, and patient videos. The event is open to all UTHealth faculty, residents, and staff.

TBCT is a three-level, three-phase, case formulation approach and, like CBT, is an active approach to treatment that helps clients to recognize situationally based thoughts and unhelpful beliefs that exacerbate emotional distress. TBCT focuses on using the Trial-Based Thought Record in which the therapist engages the client in a simulation of the judicial process. The TBCT therapist uses a stimulating process to make patients aware of their core beliefs about themselves and engages them in a trial to develop more positive, functional beliefs.

“TBCT is easier to be learned by the therapist, easier to be understood by the patient, and seems to be as effective as (or, in more aspects, more than) conventional CBT,” Dr. de Oliveira said.

To register for the event, visit here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CVHQTPH. For other questions, contact Ruth Yeh at Ruth.E.Yeh@uth.tmc.edu and at 713-486-2715. For more information about TBCT, visit trialbasedcognitivetherapy.com.