Workshop 15 – Scott Miller, PhD – How Psychotherapy Lost its Magic (and what practitioners can do to get it back)
Over the last 40 years, thousands of research studies and how-to books on psychotherapy have been published. Presently, hundreds of treatment approaches exist, each claiming to contain ingredients essential to therapeutic success. Despite the steady parade of the “new and improved,” the overall effectiveness of psychotherapy has not changed a single percentage point. Not one point—no improvement in effectiveness, whatsoever. Meanwhile, practitioners are facing an economic environment never before seen in history. The cost of training is up, incomes are down, and fewer people are seeking psychotherapy as a remedy to their problems. What’s more, the majority of people who could benefit, choose never set foot in a therapist’s office.
How did this happen? How did psychotherapy lose its ability to attract and enchant? More importantly, what can therapists do to get it back? At this provocative workshop, therapists will be pushed to move beyond the narrow narratives characterizing modern clinical practice, reconnecting psychotherapy with practical strategies from its deepest roots in magic, healing, and religion.
- Review empirical studies documenting: (a) the lack of improvement in the effectiveness of psychotherapy; and (b) the dearth of evidence for specific therapeutic ingredients in current psychotherapy approaches.
- Describe research documenting the chief, process-related predictor of treatment outcome: client engagement;
- Demonstrate and teach three practical strategies from traditional healing arts that can be incorporated into any treatment approach to maximize engagement and impact.