Losing Faith: Arguing for a New Way to Think About Therapy

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About the Course:

Do you ever wonder if you missed the one crucial day in your psychotherapy training that told you the secret to making it all work? Scott Miller assures us that no amount of clinical experience, training or research material can provide any guarantee of a successful or effective therapeutic outcome. In this personal account, Miller describes his ‘loss of faith in therapy’ – in the belief that with experience, a knowledge of the literature and research and further training we can gain the confidence to help those struggling for a better, happier and more fulfilling life. Instead, reports Miller, his experience has shown there is no way to predict if an interaction with a particular person on a given day will result in a good outcome. To think otherwise, suggests Miller, is not a demonstration of faith, but of conceit. He argues for a change in the entire way we think about and conceive of therapy.

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Scott D. Miller, Ph.D.

Dr. Miller is co-founder of the Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change, Chicago, a private group of clinicians and researchers dedicated to studying ‘what works’ in treatment. He provides clinical services pro bono to traditionally under served clients, and conducts workshops and training in the United States and internationally. He is the author of numerous articles and books.

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This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about what works in therapy. It is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. describe the potential role of client feedback in improving psychotherapy outcomes.

  2. describe findings from the psychotherapy research literature that bring into question many assumptions commonly held in the field.

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Course Number: 100729
Credit Hours: 1cr
Exam Fee: No Longer Available
Format: Online Article
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