This workshop in law, ethics and regulation focuses on three of the four most frequent causes for actions against mental health professionals, nationwide. Since the 2010-2011 law/ethics/regulation workshop focused primarily on boundary violations (including sexual contact between professional and patient/client), this 2012-2013 workshop focuses on incompetence, criminal convictions and cases involving high-conflict custody problems. The workshop emphasizes awareness and management of risk factors in the major areas of high risk practice via music videos illustrating the principles taught in the program. These include coping with negative publicity on the internet, the risks of “creative” techniques, riskier vs. safer models of intervention, coping with the need to “rescue” patients/clients, management of angry/dissatisfied patients/clients, and more.
Some agencies consistently achieve better clinical outcomes. The benefits of higher-performing agencies include greater accountability, improved resource management, briefer treatment duration, decreased client dropout, and increased staff retention. Participants in this workshop will first learn about key research findings that form the building blocks of sustainable “cultures of excellence.” Next, specific strategies including brief and time -sensitive interventions, client feedback, and monitoring of individual and program outcomes will be described.
Walk-in counseling services allow clients to attend a session of therapy without waiting for an appointment. Many are seen for only one session. Research consistently indicates that “one” is the modal number of sessions for all models of therapy and that single sessions are highly effective. This workshop describes therapy, research, strategies, and techniques for making single sessions, whether planned or not, as effective as possible. Emphasis will be on the application of these principles in a variety of walk-in services.
What are the characteristics of an advanced therapist? There was an artistry to the work of Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir, and Carl Whitaker. Brief therapists of all persuasions can learn to advance their artistry. Those who seek counseling often seem to suffer a lack of resilience. Traumatized clients have lost ability to access their resilient foundation. Explaining the need for resilience is not enough; clinicians need proper tools to help. Resilience can be access through experiential methods, not didactic information. Through lecture, demonstration, and practice groups, we will realize methods to promote resilient vitality.
Tired of wasting time with marketing activities that don’t work? Feeling overwhelmed with all the marketing activity choices? You are not alone. Casey Truffo offers practical, step-by-step instructions to get your phone ringing while making sure you are marketing in alignment with your purpose and values.
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.
Many therapies involve brief lengths of treatment, including a single session. A structure will be presented for organizing the tasks and skills involved in different phases (pre, early, middle, late, and follow-through) of therapy. Numerous case examples, including video, will illustrate brief therapy techniques useful both in initial sessions and in the course of longer treatments.
Neuroscience documents how experiences of (1) Novelty, (2) Environmental Enrichment, and (3) Mental & Physical Exercise can optimize gene expression, brain plasticity (brain growth), and mind-body healing. We will practice psychotherapy as discussed in my recent book Creating Consciousness: How Therapists can Facilitate Wonder, Wisdom, Beauty, and Truth.
Tired of having your income limited by one-to-one sessions? Recent changes in our culture and technology have created incredible opportunities for private practitioners. Casey Truffo will discuss how to leverage your time, extend your reach, and create multiple streams of therapy income with the new Private Practice Plus business model.
This demonstration will feature Feedback-Informed Treatment, a pantheoretical approach for evaluating and improving the quality and effectiveness of behavioral health services. It involves routinely and formally soliciting feedback from consumers regarding the therapeutic alliance and outcome of care and using the resulting information to inform and tailor service delivery.