AACBT CBT@Home – Menzies – Youth

31 Dec 2025
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This event was recorded live and is now available for on-demand viewing.


Learning the hard way: lessons from working with troubled youth

Presented by Professor Ross G Menzies

University of Technology Sydney

This recording is part of the AACBT CBT@Home webinar series – Professor Ross G Menzies was the winner of the 2022 Distinguished Career Award.

This event was recorded live and is available for on-demand viewing.


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This approx. 1hr 6min CBT@Home webinar was recorded in August 2023.

Helping troubled youth requires a broad understanding of the inherent problems of growing up. In this novel presentation, Professor Menzies explores the ‘existential givens’ and the role they play in youth mental health.

Young people enter therapy with a range of problems of living. They don’t speak in diagnostic terms, but instead focus on the everyday difficulties that confront them. These difficulties may include isolation, loneliness, anxiety and sadness, guilt and regret, and problems making decisions in a world that offers seemingly endless choice. In contrast, the cognitive-behaviour therapist is trained in the language of conditioning and extinction, avoidance and safety behaviours, behavioural activation and attentional biases. This presentation explores the ideas of the existentialist philosophers as a bridge between suffering youth and technically trained clinicians. The talk seeks to place CBT in the broader context of the most popular philosophic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Finally, the presentation offers a personal reflection on more than three decades of clinical work with troubled youth. Professor Menzies offers advice for the developing clinician centring on the need for warmth, empathy, validation, and the use of creative activities in motivating this population.


About this event:

This was a live presentation and is presented lecture-style, including many resource images.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. A framework for conceptualising the broad range of problems that young people face.
  2. An understanding of the relationship between contemporary CBT and existentialism.
  3. A clearer understanding of the range of transdiagnostic constructs applicable to youth mental health.

This is a free event for all AACBT members; bookings are only required for non-members to receive the link.

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This session is designed to be suitable for any with an interest in treating young clients.

References – readings

  1. Menzies, R. G., Menzies, R. E., & Dingle, G. (Eds.) (2022). Existential concerns and cognitive-behavioral procedures: An integrative approach to mental health. Switzerland: Springer Nature.
  2. Heidenreich, T., Noyon, A., Worrell, M., Menzies, R. (2021). Existential approaches and cognitive behaviour therapy: challenges and potential. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 14, 209-234.
  3. Menzies, R. E. & Menzies, R. G. (2021). Mortals: How the fear of death shaped human society. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

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