2015 • January

I was recently at a lecture where an audience member asked the speaker, psychologist Dr. Richard Schwartz, about his stance on the role of therapist self-disclosure. Dr. Schwartz paused for a moment before responding that he often urges supervisees to bring to mind the acronym WAIT before engaging in self-disclosure in a session (personal communication, […]

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The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy is committed to increasing both its relevance to and membership of psychotherapists who are members of traditionally underrepresented and marginalized groups in the United States. It has a corresponding commitment to providing its members with resources (convention programming, publications, and web content) that will help in their continuing […]

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Psychotherapists are often called on to help families of divorce. It can be to help a couple peacefully disentangle their relationship or help a child cope with the changes in the family. While the courts try to help children and families of divorce, they are limited by statute, the utility of custody evaluations, and the […]

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The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy is considering papers published in Psychotherapy in 2014 for the annual award of Most Valuable Paper. Most Valuable Paper (MVP), is for a paper published in Psychotherapy chosen by the editorial board to be the most valuable to the field of psychotherapy.  Any paper published in that volume year is eligible; […]

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Although not popular or necessarily the easiest tool to utilize, the significant events approach to change process research, as described by Elliot (2010), can provide explanations and causal evidence that other approaches (e.g. process-outcome) may not. Within the significant events approach literature, specific moments within psychotherapy treatment have been identified and analyzed to tie in-session […]

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Clinical supervision is an essential aspect of the training of every psychotherapist (Bernard & Goodyear, 2014). It supplements and significantly adds to the academic education that those in training receive. Clinical supervision received during one’s training can lay the foundation for the neophyte psychotherapist’s clinical competence and professional identity. Thus, supervisors play an extremely important […]

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In Laska, Gurman, & Wampold (2014) and Laska & Wampold (2014) I discussed how to improve the quality of mental health care from a common factor (CF) perspective. Unfortunately, one fundamental misunderstanding of CF theory is that “anything goes” and therapists can do whatever they want. Let me be crystal clear, from a CF perspective, […]

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