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Finding Balance: Exploring Dualities in Therapy and Counseling is a Course

Finding Balance: Exploring Dualities in Therapy and Counseling

Time limit: 365 days
1 credit


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Course Description: (1 Hour) 

Not just for specialists anymore, examining dialectics can allow our clients to perform important cognitive, emotional, and other intrapersonal work in a broad range of therapy settings and counseling contexts. And dialectics are everywhere: Brain/Body, Love/Hate, Passion/Stability, Generosity/Gratitude, Spiritual/Physical, Strong/Gentle…and many more.

Emotionally charged dichotomies can be examined in therapy and used to propel growth. Improvements in self-esteem, motivation, and mood can result from the positive resolution of cognitive dualities. These themes allow the therapist the opportunity to elicit and challenge cognitive blocks, distortions, and resistances in all spheres of the client’s daily life. The resolution of larger philosophical conundrums may allow for emotional resolution at an individual level.

Dualities can be worked through systematically, as a series of psychoeducational modules, or can be selected to address the distortions present in a particular individual’s thinking. Many clients benefit from integrating aspects of themselves previously believed to be in conflict, recognizing their strengths, and establishing a newly confident, balanced perspective.

Whether your therapeutic approach is primarily insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, or humanistic, working through dialectics provides an enormous opportunity to find peace, solace, and a sense of purpose in a deeper recognition of the complexity of our human reality.

In this one-hour course, we explore this concept in greater depth and provide ways of integrating examination of dialectics and dualities into your practice.

This course is appropriate for psychologists and other mental health professionals of all levels of professional experience. Finding Balance: Exploring Dualities in Therapy and Counseling also provides one hour of credit toward the continuing education tools & techniques requirement for Licensed Psychologists in Texas.

Learning Objectives: 


  1. Define Dialectics and Dialectical Thinking
  2. Identify at least three therapeutic uses or clinical indications for dialectics
  3. Describe Linehan’s wise-mind construct for integrating the head/heart duality
  4. Name at least three dualities that can be used to help clients integrate previously rejected or unrecognized aspects of themselves
  5. Explore acceptance/change, a classic therapeutic duality employed in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and other therapeutic systems

Course Instructor:

Following work as a visiting professor for Mercer University, Dr. Bradbury came to UT Austin in 2007 as a lecturer where she has received numerous awards for her teaching, including the President’s Associates Award and the Regents’ Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Bradbury, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, maintains an active independent clinical practice, providing assessment, therapy, and consultation services to a wide range of individual and institutional clients. Her specialties include applications of cognitive-behavioral therapy, positive psychology, and motivational science to complex mental health situations involving medical, family, business, and legal systems. She hosts a variety of clinical workshops and wellness presentations for professional groups, student organizations, and general audiences of all ages. An expert in self-care as a behavioral health concept, Dr. Bradbury tries to practice what she preaches when it comes to maintaining work/life balance. Click here to learn more about Dr. Bradbury.

Continuing Education Credits:

Psychologists: Texas Psychology Continuing Education (TPCE) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists in the United States and Canada. TPCE maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Completion of the course(s) with a post-test score of 70% or better is required to receive continuing education credit; there is no partial credit. 

Counselors: APA-approved courses, including those offered by TPCE, are approved for some or all of your continuing education requirements if you are licensed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, or Wisconsin. If you are licensed in a state not listed above, please check with your state’s licensing board for specific requirements. Completion of the course(s) with a post-test score of 70% or better for one-hour courses is required to receive continuing education credit; there is no partial credit.

Other Professions: This activity qualifies for the specified number of hours of instructional content as required by many licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your board or organization for specific requirements. Completion of the course(s) with a post-test score of 70% or better is required to receive continuing education credit; there is no partial credit.

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