Senior Therapists and the Process of Change
With experience, therapists tend to work in increasingly similar ways, despite differences in their initial backgrounds, training, and theoretical allegiances. Evidently, the time they spend with clients, as well as on the planet, reinforces certain practices and discourages others. In this workshop, we’ll examine the commonalities in how senior clinicians practice and what they’ve learned over the years about their craft, paying special attention to the imperatives that guide the process of change through conversation, both inside and outside the consulting room. You’ll explore how to:
- Make expert use of “respectful skepticism,” the balancing act of support and challenge that gives therapy depth and maximum impact
- Deal productively with a client’s emotional outbursts in new ways
- Avoid getting trapped in the myths of rational and irrational supremacy, given your experience as a seasoned clinician
- Harness the system-changing power of conversation
Jay Efran, PhD, is a professor emeritus of psychology at Temple University. He received the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s 2009 award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science and Profession of Psychology and is coauthor of Language, Structure and Change and The Tao of Sobriety.