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A New Ballgame: Adapting to the Changing Rules of Psychotherapy

Perhaps the only certainty in life if that there are no certainties, and few understand that better than those of us working in the field of psychotherapy. We’ve witnessed the surge of designer drugs being marketed directly to the public, coped with the declining number of clients pursuing long-form talk therapy, and argued with insurance companies that are becoming less and less willing to cover the number of sessions that many clients need.

With all these changing fundamentals, plus the advancements in new technology transforming our lives, being a psychotherapy professional means something completely different than it did just a few years ago. So if the game has changed, we’d better start learning the new rules. And the Networker Symposium is the perfect place to create your game plan, where we’ll be offering workshops on the business of therapy, new tools and methods, and personal and professional development.

Many private practitioners are exploring other opportunities to keep their schedules full and their business afloat. One option is offering group therapy, which has the benefits of being affordable, supportive, and offering real-world feedback to clients. In the workshop How to Start a Group, you’ll learn the nuts-and-bolts of what it takes to start a therapy group, and successfully maintain it. If you’re interested in getting out of the office, Creating Communities that Heal will teach you how to take your clinical expertise out of the consulting room and apply it toward creating broader social good.

Digital technology is here to stay, and it’s changing how everyone conducts their business. In Therapy’s Digital Future, you can learn how various online technologies are creating new possibilities in therapy, and the benefits, risks, and ramifications they’re bringing. Similarly, Digital Tools for Healing will explore how various digital devices—like iPods, iPads, and smartphones—can be incorporated into therapy to help you better engage clients.

One of the biggest struggles practitioners face is the professional isolation that comes with being a therapist. Sometimes the best solution to refreshing your outlook is being able to toss ideas around with your peers. The Symposium offers this opportunity not only in the form of 3,500 attendees to chat with, but also with workshops like Building Your Community of Practice.

As the professional world around us continues to shift and change, our options are to adapt with it, or be left behind. Luckily, it’s a road that doesn’t have to be traveled alone. We hope to see you in March at the Networker Symposium, where we’ll all be helping each other to learn how to prosper in this new playing field.

The Therapist’s Craft:
Healing Connection in a Digital World
March 21-24 · Washington DC
Learn more here!

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One Response to A New Ballgame: Adapting to the Changing Rules of Psychotherapy

  1. Jocelyn says:

    It is both a frustrating/exicting time as student in graduate level therapy studies. For me, I find practical direction to navigate my course hard to get from the seasoned professionals because many themselves have struggled with adapting well to the fundamental shifts in this field. I guess a combination of creativity and drivenness to succeed will be what seperates those who thrive in these times from those who trail behind.

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