BT06 Workshop 14 - Psychotherapy Relationships That Work: Tailoring the Relationship to the Individual Patient - John Norcross, PhDPsychotherapy will maximize its effectiveness by targeting the most powerful sources of change, the therapeutic relationship and the patient him/herself. This practical workshop will provide an integrative structure for customizing therapy relationships to individual clients. Participants will learn to reliably assess and rapidly apply four evidence-based guidelines (patient preferences, stages of change, resistance level, real-time feedback) for constructing the "relationship of choice."
Despite all the earnest efforts of researchers, therapy remains at least as much an art as a science. Seasoned practitioners know that when the therapeutic process becomes too cautious and mechanical, drained of risk and creativity, clinical effectiveness suffers. But how do we avoid being paralyzed by our clients' chronic difficulties and resistant clients? How can we step outside the box and bring more of our creative and playful selves to our work? This workshop will present several guidelines for developing a creative partnership with clients that taps both therapist and client inventiveness. Through the use of videotape examples and skill-building exercises, participants will discover their own signature strengths as therapists and how best to mobilize them in session. We will discover how to use humor, stories, drama and imaginative family play and art experiments to create a therapeutic climate ripe for change in your clinical practices.
Dr. Burns will describe disturbing new research on the accuracy - or lack of accuracy - or clinician's perceptions of how our patients feel - and how they feel about us. He will illustrate new, brief, highly accurate assessment instruments that can dramatically boost your clinical understanding and effectiveness.
This short course will approach therapist sculpting as an experiential tool based on the idea that dynamic experiences precede dynamic understandings. The presenter will offer an integrative approach to problems that is brief, experiential, phenomenological and effective. Therapist sculpting allows the therapist to empathize with the client; helps the client to disengage from the problem and focus on what is important; and helps the client discover new possibilities.
Building from the premise that clients are always cooperating and that resistance is created from the interaction style of the therapist, this presentation will present ten foundational principles for managing resistance from a social interaction theory perspective. The primary focus will be on managing resistance at pivotal points in the therapeutic dialogue.
The Personal and professional dimensions of a therapist's life often intersect, leading to reciprocal influence that takes place in sessions. This experiential workshop explores the ways that therapists are often transformed by their work helping others and enhances their productivity and life satisfaction.
Psychotherapy will maximize its effectiveness by targeting the most powerful sources of change: the therapeutic relationship and the patient him/herself. This clinical workshop will provide integrative methods for customizing therapy relationships to individual patients. Participants will learn to reliably assess and rapidly apply four evidence-based guidelines (patient preferences, stages of change, resistance level, and real-time feedback) for constructing the "relationship of choice."
The evidence that the relationship matters in psychotherapy is vast, but that knowledge is of limited usefulness until it is known how to create powerful therapeutic relationships. The relevance of the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) model to this issue is described, and specific methods are described and shown that can increase the potency of the therapeutic relationship.
The field of therapy is undergoing a period of dramatic change: regulatory and documentation requirements, government cutbacks and changing insurance policies, declining incomes and economic uncertainty. Thankfully, a simple, evidence-based alternative exists for maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of treatment based on using ongoing client feedback to empirically tailor services to the individual client needs and characteristics. Over a dozen randomized clinical trials, involving a wide range of clients and presenting complaints, document that the principles and practices associated with Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) improve outcomes and client satisfaction by as much as 65%, cuts dropout rates in half, and decreases the risk of deterioration by one third.
Dr. Polster will flesh out the roles of an attention triad of concentration, fascination and curiosity in evoking amplified interpersonal immersion in the therapeutic process. The resulting involvement leads to a quasi-hypnotic energy opening the client to new experience. Conceptual perspectives will be elaborated, augmented by live demonstrations of therapy sessions.