WS07 – Time Passages: Honoring the Past to be Effective in the Present and Future
Effective clinicians draw on various sources of external knowledge to inform practice. One source can be found in the models of today which are popularized in numerous books and training opportunities. A second source is comprised of discoveries in fields such as medicine, education, philosophy, art, spirituality, and the sciences. Although these two sources provide a wealth of knowledge, effective practitioners also rely on a third source that not only serves as a foundation for practice but also informs treatment strategies. The third source is rooted in traditional psychotherapy theories and the contributions of early pioneers such as Alfred Adler, Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, Virginia Satir, and Milton Erickson. Despite their influence, the ideas and practices of these and other early innovators are becoming less and less a part of psychotherapy training, placing them at risk of being lost to each generation of new clinicians. The purpose of this workshop is to explore how psychotherapy’s historical roots and current movements, both in and around psychotherapy, intersect to form a comprehensive foundation of practice that serves as the basis for improving the overall benefit of therapy to clients.
- List three sources of external knowledge that form the basis of effective practice.
- Describe two strategies to improve the benefit of therapy to clients.