Category: Treatment - CBT

Mini Workshop

Mini Workshop 7 - Therapist Drift in CBT: Why Well-Meaning Clinicians Do Dumb Things (and How to Do Fewer of Them)

Friday, November 17
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Aqua 300 A & B, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Therapy Process | Evidence-Based Practice | Training / Training Directors
Presentation Type: Mini Workshop
Level of Familiarity: Basic to Moderate

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has the strongest evidence base of all psychotherapies, and the outcomes from research trials can be achieved in routine clinical practice. Unfortunately, it is clear that the majority of clinicians do not achieve those results, even when we say that we are delivering CBT. In some cases, this is the result of a lack of awareness or training. More commonly, it is because we fail to deliver key elements of the therapy, even when we know about them. This workshop will consider the evidence that we "drift" from best practice, and why we do so. Understanding why requires understanding the clinician characteristics that impede our delivery of effective treatment (in CBT and elsewhere), including our beliefs, personalities, emotions and behaviors. Having established why we drift from good practice, the workshop will develop suggestions about how we can use CBT principles and practice on ourselves and supervisees, to ensure that we focus on delivering the best treatment to our patients.

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Recommended Reading: Waller, G., & Turner, H. (2016). Therapist drift redux: Why well-meaning clinicians fail to deliver evidence-based therapy, and how to get back on track. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 77, 129-137.
Wilson, G. T. (1996). Manual-based treatments: The clinical application of research findings. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 34, 295-314.
Farrell, N. R., Deacon, B. J., Dixon, L. J., & Lickel, J. J. (2013). Theory-based training strategies for modifying practitioner concerns about exposure therapy. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 781-787.

Glenn Waller

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The University of Sheffield

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