Articles Tagged "president’s column"

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May 16, 2022

We have just finished our winter/spring board meeting and there’s a lot of exciting things happening in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (SAP). We have 231 students who have taken advantage of the free membership…welcome aboard!!!! Of course, we hope you’ll stay and contribute to SAP. We need your energy, ideas, and enthusiasm. […]

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Mar 23, 2022

Many therapists tell me that they never learned how to do dream work and don’t feel comfortable addressing them in therapy. How sad because they are then missing out on potentially valuable aspects of clients’ lives. After all, if the average person spends two hours in REM sleep per night, that adds up to 51,000 […]

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Dec 2, 2021

For my Presidential Initiative, I have chosen a topic dear to my heart, that of what therapists DO in sessions that help clients change. I assert that while client factors (e.g., personality, diagnoses, motivation), therapist factors (e.g., personality, training, theoretical orientation) and the therapeutic relationship (e.g., working alliance) are incredibly important, what therapists do is […]

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Nov 15, 2021

The Seventh Edition of Bergin and Garfield’s Handbook for Psychotherapy and Behavior Change, edited by Michael Barkham, Wolfgang Lutz, and Louis Castonguay, and published by Wiley, is due out this summer (Amazon says September 22, 2021)! This book is considered the “lodestar” or “bible” for psychotherapists and psychotherapy researchers…it reviews the major research in the […]

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Jun 1, 2021

In this column, I want to highlight all the wonderful work that so many of our colleagues are doing to contribute to the vitality of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (SFAP). It truly is a labor of love, and I want to thank all of you for your vision and enthusiasm. We have […]

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Mar 1, 2021

As the incoming President of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, I am delighted by the opportunity to share with you some of the passion I have for psychotherapy, psychotherapy research, and psychotherapy training. As a professor of psychology, I have been lucky to be able to “do it all” and want to use […]

To say that 2020 has been remarkable would be an understatement. It has demanded much of us, across every role we occupy in our diverse lives. Despite the personal and professional challenges your division leadership team has encountered, they have worked hard to model resiliency and accomplish a great deal on behalf of the Society […]

Across my presidential year, I have used this column to reflect on professional competency. My first column focused on competency development and the importance of multigenerational connections to thwart professional isolation and competency stagnation. My second column felt the weight of the pandemic and centered on self-care as a professional competency that underlies our sustained […]

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My first lessons in self-care as a core professional competency were unwanted and unexpected. After a “normal” pregnancy, I went into labor five days past my due date and navigated to the hospital in the middle of the night under blizzard conditions. I made it to the hospital, but by the time I got there, […]

As a third-year graduate student, I recall being asked to engage in a classroom debate on the question of whether good psychotherapists were “born versus made”. We were allowed a few weeks to prepare arguments before our teams faced off to debate the issue, with notecards of points and citations at the ready. As a […]