What Makes A Good Therapist?

A two part exploration of the evidence on "therapist effects" that contribute to successful client outcomes.

What Makes A Good Therapist?

Workshop Description:

We know that therapists differ in the way that they practice. We know that “therapist effects” contribute around 10% to client outcomes. But what does this mean? What are “therapist effects”, and what does the research suggest makes the difference between an excellent therapist and an average one? This workshop explores the evidence, situates “therapist effects” within the wider evidence base of the principles of change in effective therapy, and offers practical applications for those wishing to become better therapists.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Understand and describe what is meant by “therapist effects”, and how they fit into the wider evidence base on what makes effective therapy.
  2. Apply their understanding of the four main evidence-backed elements of the ways the best therapists practice.
  3. Drawing on techniques from professional sport, surgery and the arts, challenge themselves to apply a “deliberate practice” approach to their practice.
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