This is an On-Demand course that includes an audio recording and a handout of slides that accompany the talk.

Building Positive Emotions and Self-Esteem

This On Demand lesson provides a crash course in a new approach for enhancing self-esteem. This 2008 talk is given by Rochelle Frank, PhD, who has been using her extensive experience in DBT and CBT to develop a unique treatment approach for self-hatred. In this 45-minute talk you will be taken through a brief review of the research and learn what elements of currently existing treatments for self-hatred are efficacious.  Dr. Frank will then introduce and walk you through two tools that her team has developed to treat self-hatred and enhance self-esteem. Learn how these tools actually work by hearing about two of her clients and seeing their actual responses on these two tools. The talk finishes by reviewing the preliminary outcome data for these two clients and answering a few questions.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify which components of existing treatments for building self-esteem work and which do not.
  • Explain two effective measures for enhancing self-esteem: self-monitoring tool and a self-narrative exercise.
  • Describe how to use these two techniques and see examples.
  • Discuss what the preliminary data on these tools shows by reviewing case studies.


Rochelle I. Frank, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in Oakland, CA, where she maintains a private practice providing psychotherapy, professional consultation, supervision, and training workshops. She also is an assistant clinical professor in the clinical science program at the University of California, Berkeley and in the department of psychiatry at the UCSF School of Medicine. Shelly has over twenty-five years of clinical experience in outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings, and specializes in the treatment of severe mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, and trauma and dissociative disorders. She is past president of the Alameda County Psychological Association, and has served on the faculty of several Bay Area graduate programs in clinical psychology. Previously, she was a clinical director with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, where she contributed to the development and implementation of behavioral healthcare policies, procedures, and training curricula throughout county mental health programs.

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

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The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute allocates 1 CE credit for this course following APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the course, fill out an evaluation form, and pass an exam, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify that this course meets your licensing and/or continuing education requirements.