Since the first “Evolution” conference in 1985, thousands of research studies and how-to books on psychotherapy have been published. Workshops, training programs, and certifications abound. At the same time, the overall effectiveness of psychotherapy has not improved a single percentage point. Meanwhile, practitioners face the most challenging economic practice climate in the field’s history. Incomes are down and fewer people are seeking psychotherapy as a remedy to their problems.
Is it possible to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) methods not just to reduce distress but also to promote happiness, resilience and other positive qualities? We are developing strengths-based therapy approaches that use CBT principles and practices to construct new beliefs and behaviors that promote positive client growth. A structured search for client strengths is central to the approach. When the goal is to construct something new, experiential methods often trump analytic approaches.
Moderator: Annellen Simpkins, PhD
By the time most couples seek therapy, they’ve been dealing with relationship problems for years. Many are convinced that nothing can change; they are hopeless. How we respond at these pivotal moments has a profound effect on the ways in which people view themselves, and the viability of their marriages.
Moderator: Richard Landis, PhD
We’ll explore the deluge tidal of information, including a great deal of traumatic information about the fate of Mother Earth, that all of us are confronted with daily. I’ll share the steps of a trauma-to-transcendence cycle that begins with awareness, leads to resilient coping, and then continues to a transcendent response. This cycle always involves action and creates hope.
When people think of trauma they often think of acute dramatic situations, such as a natural disaster or acts of terrorism. Yet, the majority of people who experience trauma experience a more subtle and chronic form that exists within their own family. Beginning with a genogram, Claudia Black, Ph.D., will give a portrait of addiction in the family, offering an overlay of how adverse child experiences, emotional abandonment and blatant violence are all aspects of the trauma.
For more than sixty years in clinical psychology we have attempted to integrate science into practice for the benefit of the public. After a brief review of the progress we have made and the reasons for the emergence of evidence-based practice, we will consider current barriers to dissemination and implementation. These include the relative (in) efficacy of current psychological interventions, issues of comorbidity and heterogeneity of psychopathology, the ambiguity concerning mechanisms of action in treatments, a continuing emphasis on nomothetic rather than idiographic methodology, and emerging issues of implementation in clinical settings.
We have cracked the code of romantic love. We can precisely target interventions and shape the core defining moments of a love relationship. Adult attachment science offers a clear map to the creation of a secure lasting bond. New findings in neuroscience promise couple interventions that may be the most potent and far-reaching form of therapeutic intervention ever devised.
New research indicates that motivation influences how we think, feel, and behave, as much as cognitions, and that the failure to address resistance is the cause of most therapeutic failure. Dr. Burns will describe the eight most common forms of resistance and present powerful new techniques to melt away resistance before using any cognitive, behavioral, or interpersonal techniques.
According to some studies, 9 out of 10 clinicians describe themselves as “above average.” Although it is probably true that they would like to be viewed as a master or an above average therapist, it is unlikely. Most counseling students plan to be master therapists once they have put in the suggested 10,000 hours needed for mastery, but few reach this enlightened state. This program will describe the process that is necessary to achieve mastery in psychotherapy.
Motivational interviewing facilitates a natural process of “talking oneself into change.” Dr. Miller will provide an overview of the clinical method of motivational interviewing and its underlying psycholinguistic processes, based on recent research linking therapist and client in-session speech to behavioral outcomes. These dynamics appear to predict successful outcomes across a variety of psychotherapies.