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EP17 Speech 13 - Psychotherapy's Missing Link: Why Don't the Majority of People Who Could Benefit From Seeing a Therapist Go? - Scott Miller, PhD

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Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2017 |  Online Continuing Education
Scott Miller, PhD
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Dec 15, 2017
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Psychotherapy is remarkably effective. Fifty years of research provides overwhelming empirical support for the practice. At the same time, study after study shows that the majority of people who could benefit from seeing a therapist never go. Put more bluntly, they would never even consider going. Of those who start, between 25 and 50% unilaterally discontinue prior to experiencing any benefit from the service. Stigma, ignorance, denial, and lack of motivation are the most common reasons cited by professionals for people either not seeking help or dropping out of treatment. Research provides another explanation.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Identify three reasons why people either do not start or drop out of treatment.
  2. Identify the top reason the majority of people never go to see a therapist.
  3. Describe how to bridge a cultural difference between beliefs of those who do not seek service and the therapeutic paradigms currently dominating clinical practice.

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Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., is the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health services. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results.