Psychological flexibility is one of the most studied and supported set of mediational processes in clinical intervention science. In this demonstration I will explain and then demonstrate how a focus on evidence-based flexibility processes in therapy can free clinicians from the linear march of protocol-based approaches, and foster instead a vital dance of creative facilitation of change, played out in the moment to moment context of an empowering therapeutic relationship that is nevertheless thoroughly evidence-based.
Generative processes are those that promote innovation, evolution and growth. To “generate” means to create something new. Thus, the core focus in of generative change is creativity: How do you create a successful and meaningful work life? How do you create great personal relationships? How do you develop a great relationship with yourself—your body, your past, your future, your wounds and your gifts? These are the basic challenges in leading an extraordinary life, and the processes of generative change offer a way to succeed at them.
Evidence-based care is still the future of mental and behavioral health intervention, but not in the form of protocols for syndromes which has finally collapsed of its own weight. This talk is about what is arising in its place. I argue that process-based therapy is the logical next step in the evolution of evidence-based care: evidence-based processes linked to evidence-based procedures that alleviate the problems and promote the prosperity of people. Using the work on psychological flexibility as a foil, I explore how process-based therapy can help dissolve some of the long standing differences between the various wings of psychotherapy, and liberate the practices of practitioners who value an evidence-based approach.