Grounded in theory, research, and extensive clinical experience, this pragmatic book addresses critical questions of how change occurs in couple and family therapy and how to help clients achieve better results. The authors show that regardless of a clinician's orientation or favored techniques, there are particular therapist attributes, relationship variables, and other factors that make therapy--specifically, therapy with couples and families--effective. The book explains these common factors in depth and provides hands-on guidance for capitalizing on them in clinical practice and training. User-friendly features include numerous case examples and a reproducible common factors checklist.
"This thought-provoking book offers the reader an outstanding resource for identifying common factors that drive the change process in relational psychotherapies. As the number of available modalities grows with each passing day, students, clinicians, and researchers will find the paradigm presented here to be extremely useful in isolating what is specifically responsible for change and figuring out how to incorporate it into doing what we do best. A 'must read.'"
~ Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"A long-awaited, critically important contribution. The authors offer a guidebook for understanding and integrating the common factors that cut across distinct therapies, and also present an extraordinarily thoughtful and nonpolemical examination of the strengths and weaknesses of the common factors strategy. This book will help advanced therapists better understand and sharpen what they do; will help intermediate and beginning-level therapists discover and utilize potent common factors that will enhance their effectiveness; will help theorists cast their ideas in a more generic and universally accessible language; and will help researchers integrate common factors into their hypotheses and research designs. A huge step ahead for our field--read it."
~ William M. Pinsof, PhD, President, The Family Institute at Northwestern University
"Countering the stampede to find the best model--or silver bullet--for therapeutic change, Sprenkle, Davis, and Lebow, seasoned researchers and practitioners, draw out the common elements across models that facilitate effective change. Since no single model can best fit the broad diversity of clients and challenges in our complex and uncertain world, their practical approach is especially valuable for clinical training and practice."
~ Froma Walsh, PhD, Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, and Codirector, Chicago Center for Family Health
"The best antidote yet to technique-heavy approaches to couple and family therapy. This book restores appropriate attention to the role and the person of the therapist, and urges therapeutic flexibility and creativity. It is 'must' reading for anyone engaged in learning about systems-oriented therapy or teaching and supervising couple and family therapists."
~ Alan S. Gurman, PhD, Department of Psychiatry (Emeritus), University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
"Using research as a guide, the authors identify the critical skills that therapists need to be effective. This book is an excellent text for practicum classes in training programs because it helps novice therapists identify the critical skills they need regardless of their supervisor, clients, clinical site, and other variables that influence their training."
~ JoEllen Patterson, PhD, Marital and Family Therapy Program, University of San Diego
Proven techniques for self-reflective clinical practice
Clinical Supervision Activities for Increasing Competence and Self-Awareness contains over 40 of the most well-tested and effective self-awareness training activities. The editors drew on expertise from a range of mental health professions, including family therapy, social work, nursing, and more. The result is a collection of strategies for training clinicians to be more intra-personally, interpersonally, and interculturally competent. These activities are designed for professionals and students engaged in training, supervising, and self-guided professional development. You’ll learn how to teach core skills and diversity-related awareness, from developing empathy to examining negative self-beliefs to dealing with substance abuse.
Each activity includes a research-based rationale, clear instructions, examples, and methods for measuring progress. Created by expert mental health researchers and clinician educators, these activities are proven to help supervisors work with diverse learner populations and to help those learners develop the attributes and skills that lead to positive outcomes.
“This is a great book that provides clinicians with wonderful experiential activities crafted to help them develop greater self-awareness and clinical competence. Many of the chapters are outstanding and contain excellent clinical examples that are well written. I highly recommend this book to students, instructors, and clinicians who wish to sharpen their professional skills.”
~ Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
“Bean, Davis, and Davey have created a unique resource for clinicians and clinicians in training that targets essential professional and personal skills and is filled with challenging and thought-provoking specific exercises guaranteed to enhance the quality of practice. This book should be an essential part of every curriculum for the training of psychotherapists.”
~ Jay Lebow, PhD, LMFT, ABPP, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
“This pioneering volume offers copious examples of how to teach and develop the seemingly intangible, yet empirically grounded, aspects of therapy like self and client awareness, empathy, and cultural competence. The volume is a treasure trove for teachers, supervisors, and students.”
~ Doug Sprenkle, PhD, Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy/Human Development and Family Studies, Emeritus, Purdue University, College of Health and Human Sciences, Indiana
That couples therapy works and works well is without question. What is less clear, however, is why couples therapy works. Research clearly shows that the unique ingredients of any one couples therapy model contribute very little to successful clinical outcomes. What, then, makes couples therapy effective? In this award-winning study, Dr. Davis makes the claim that although each couples therapy model has characteristics that distinguish it from other models, much of what therapists are doing in the therapy room is the same. This study represents one of the first empirical attempts to not only outline what those similarities are, but to present these "golden threads" in an empirically derived meta-model of couples therapy.