There are some therapists who just seem golden--no matter what their theoretical orientation, training level, or years of experience, they do quantifiably far more effective therapy with a broader range of clients than other therapists. What do these “supershrinks” have that mortal therapists don’t? Is it just some kind of natural clinical charisma or can it be learned? In this workshop, you’ll learn principles of practice drawn from extensive research on therapists who’ve been empirically demonstrated to routinely get better therapy outcomes than their colleagues. Some of the principles are: focus on the client’s strengths rather than pathology; recognize the collaborative nature of the therapy relationship and hone your alliance skills; acquire the cultural competence to connect with people from different social, racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds. We’ll explore the role of clinical sensitivity and common sense in knowing how and when to use the principles. You’ll also learn how to incorporate feedback forms in your practice to measure your own outcomes and keep therapy on track.
Bob Bertolino, Ph.D., is an associate professor of rehabilitation counseling at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. He’s the author of Strengths-Based Engagement and Practice and coauthor of The Therapist’s Notebook for Strengths and Solution-Based Therapies.