Category: Treatment - CBT
Master Clinician Seminar
Keywords: Therapeutic Alliance | Psychotherapy Process | Supervision
Presentation Type: Master Clinician Seminar
Level of Familiarity: Basic to Moderate
Successful treatment requires a healthy working alliance between therapist and client. There is increasing evidence in the research literature that problems, or ruptures, in the alliance are common challenges faced by many therapists. When therapists are unable to repair a rupture, the likelihood of premature termination or poor outcome is increased. This seminar will endeavor to equip participants with empirically supported strategies for resolving alliance ruptures by presenting Alliance-Focused Training (AFT), a supervision approach based on Safran and Muran's NIMH-funded research on the alliance. Markers of withdrawal and confrontation ruptures that are commonly observed in CBT will be presented to facilitate identification of ruptures when they occur. Rupture resolution strategies, in particular the strategy of metacommunication, or communication about the client-therapist interaction, will be demonstrated. AFT targets the skills of therapist self-awareness, affect regulation, and interpersonal sensitivity; the role of mindfulness exercises in enhancing these skills will be discussed. The session will also include experiential exercises to aid participants in attending to their own feelings as important sources of information about the interaction with the client.
Earn 2 continuing education credits
Recommended Reading: Eubanks-Carter, C., Muran, J.C., & Safran, J.D. (2015). Alliance-focused training. Psychotherapy, 52, 169-173. doi: 10.1037/a0037596
New School for Social Research
Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology
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