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The Craft of Psychotherapy

William DohertyThursday, November 3

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William Doherty & Rich Simon • This kick-off event to State of the Art 2011 features Networker Editor Rich Simon in a one-on-one conversation with veteran psychotherapist William Doherty about how to help practitioners understand the challenges and rewards of delving deeper into the craft of therapy.

All too often, the way therapists discuss therapy stays simply at the level of theoretical discussion, rather than how practitioners could practically enhance their effectiveness or assess the development of their own skills over the course of their professional careers. In order to better practice therapy, clinicians should be armed with knowledge of both of the theoretical and the practical levels. Doherty will explain how clinicians should give themselves the opportunity to enter their own discomfort zones—learning to admit to professional mistakes and limitations—so they can gain the necessary knowledge and feedback to enhance their skills and abilities. You’ll gain much understanding from this practical, relevant discussion at how to become an even better clinician.

William Doherty, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota. His books include Soul Searching, Take Back Your Marriage, and Take Back Your Kids. His latest book is Family Therapy, with Susan McDaniel. Website:

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss how venturing into your professional “discomfort zone” helps enhance effectiveness as a therapist.
2. Explain why collecting feedback is essential to becoming better at practicing therapy.
3. Understand practical strategies for improving your abilities as a clinician.