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


Dr. Diane R. Gehart, PhD, LMFT | 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.

Our Presenter

Dr. Diane R. Gehart, PHD, LMFT

Diane Gehart, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling Programs at California State University, Northridge and has a private practice in Agoura Hills, California. She has authored several professional books including Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers: A Lighthearted Way to Stress Less and Savor More Each Day, Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couple and Family Therapy Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy, Theory and Treatment Planning in Counseling and Psychotherapy. You can learn more about her at; and


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