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Becoming a More Effective Therapist: Using Reliable, Personalized Case Formulations

Tuesday September 22, 2020 3:00pm Pacific 6:00pm Eastern

Online Webinar through Zoom

Hosted By: 

Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration



Featuring Presenters:

George Silberschatz, PhD, SFPRG Board President

David Kealy, PhD, SFPRG Member


How is it that therapists of vastly different temperaments, attitudes, therapeutic approaches and styles are able to achieve comparable results? There must be a thread that runs through effective treatment, independent of therapist personality style or therapeutic technique that promotes healing in patients – a thread that explains how and why psychotherapy works or fails to work. Over the past 50 years, the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group (SFPRG) has been developing an empirical basis for how psychotherapy works, how to understand individual patient needs and treatment goals, and how to develop an idiosyncratic, patient-centered formulation to guide treatment success. In short, the theory is developed on the foundation that psychological safety is the key to allowing patients’ defenses and old patterns to release so that they may develop new patterns in their life. As therapists, it is our job to decode a patient's unique psychological needs for safety and then to create a treatment atmosphere -- through interventions, attitudes, and approach -- that communicates that safety to the patient. This is facilitated by the Plan-Formulation Method, an empirically derived and learnable skill that significantly improves one's efficacy as a therapist across diagnoses and treatment modalities. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamental principles and methods of case formulation that have been developed by the SFPRG. The workshop will cover the major theoretical assumptions informing the Plan-Formulation Method, and will outline the process of developing unique formulations for individual patients.


CE Credits: None


Course Level: Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced. 

Cost to Attend: Free

Registration for this event is offered through SEPI.
Please visit their website to Register with them.