How Good is your Therapeutic Effectiveness? Strategies for Optimizing Outcomes within a Range of Current Approaches

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

How good is your therapeutic effectiveness? We know that not one type of therapy stands out (Muhlhauser 2016) in terms of overall effectiveness, however, individual counsellors clearly do. Within given approaches, research shows very significant variation between individual counsellors. The evidence suggests that the abilities of individual counsellors/therapists may be a more significant factor in determining outcome than therapeutic orientation. Research based on Hubble et al 1999 shows that the effectiveness of therapy does not depend on the level of training or experience of the counsellor/ therapist or on the type of mode/ framework the professional is applying. However, the effectiveness of therapy does depend on the skills of the therapist. The most effective counsellor/therapists tend to be empathic, genuine, and warm.

This one day course will provide you with an opportunity to unpack and critically reflect on the elements of therapeutic effectiveness. You will self-assess your own optimal therapeutic potential using H. Chochinov et al (2013) model. Dr Harvey Chochinov is the author of Dignity Therapy, a psychological intervention, designed specifically to address many of the psychological, existential, and spiritual challenges that clients and their families face as they grapple with the reality of life drawing to a close. Three key areas of therapeutic approaches, personal growth and self-care and the creation of a safe space will be discussed and applied to your own practice including also areas of therapeutic humility, pacing and presence.

Further, we will draw on R. Neimeyer’s (2013) research who found that 40% of grief counsellors/therapist stressed the quality of the therapeutic relationship as critical for helping. He argues that the power of presence should not be underestimated and therapy beginning with who we are, and extends to what we do. Brining ourselves to the encounter is the essential precondition for all that follows. Empathic attunement, validation and undistracted agendas open this space for change.

The training will offer you an opportunity to review and reflect on your therapeutic effectiveness and see how you can improve it and how to continue to stay effective. At the end of the day you will have developed a personalized action plan that will enhance and strengthen your own therapeutic effectiveness skills.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn and explore Chochinov’s Therapeutic Model of Effectiveness and other current related research
  • Apply reflective practice approach on own skills of therapeutic effectiveness and develop strategies to achieve optimal presence
  • Explore strategies and develop an action plan that can improve your own therapeutic approaches
  • Implement Chochinov’s three domains and themes of therapeutic practice, of creating a safe space and ensuring you are safeguarding your personal growth and self-care.

Who should attend?

Open to all workers/professionals who work with clients.