The Future of Doing Psychotherapy: Beyond Our Footloose Past and Our Manualized Present

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Dr. Diane R. Gehart, PhD, LMFT | The Future of Doing Psychotherapy: Beyond Our Footloose Past and Our Manualized Present (1 CE hour)

When I received my master’s degree in counseling in 1994, I learned a total of 8 theories. Then, I learned another 6 to get my doctorate in MFT a few years later. Training over the years has clearly changed. The introduction of EBTs, neurobiology, and effectiveness research has greatly clarified “what works,” but it has done so in a way that is nearly impossible for new or experienced clinicians to meaningfully practice it.

As an educator and supervisor, I believe we have to find a better way to not only train new professionals but also to help experienced clinicians stay current with the rapidly expanding evidence base.

In this workshop, I will outline where we’ve been, where we are, and where I believe we are going as a profession. I envision a future where we are working from larger “systems” or “frameworks” that draw on multiple theories and the research to create coherent intervention systems. I also envision that many of our “traditional” theories will be taught from a historical perspective with relevant elements extracted for contemporary practice.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 2 challenges in contemporary training/practice.
  2. Describe 3 key elements that will characterize future practice approaches.
  3. Identify at least one way they can expand how they conceptualize how they practice.