Creating Psychotherapists for the 21st Century, Part I

| February 20, 2015
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Enhance the therapist's effectiveness by bringing the client's voice into therapy

To paraphrase William Gibson, the future has arrived, but it has yet to reveal itself. Relative to the beginning of the 20th century, our current century sees us with a much clearer idea of what mental health is, what it can be, and what it should be. Although the germ of modern psychotherapy can be easily traced back through the prior two centuries, it was in the 20th century that psychology and the medical model approach to illness gave birth to what we today call and understand to be “psychotherapy.” Ever since, psychotherapy has made remarkable progress in its growth and evolution.

Research has played a key role in this evolution. Focused on developing effective therapy, research has asked such questions as: Does psychotherapy work? What models of psychotherapy work best? What are the critical elements of psychotherapy? In attempting to answer these questions, research has developed numerous tools. In one form or another, many of these tools have found their way into therapy. Assisting in better diagnostics, evaluating client characteristics, and measuring client progress, these tools have played a major role in bringing about improved outcomes.

In the last two decades or so, there has been a major shift in how clients are viewed in therapy. Instead of simply being the element in therapy that is to be changed, clients are now becoming to be seen as major players in not only bringing about change, but determining what change is needed. Feedback Informed Treatment (F.I.T.) and Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed Treatment (CDOI) are therapeutic approach that redirect the focus of treatment from what the therapist thinks needs to be done to what the client expects, wants and needs. Contrary to some views, this shift does not reduce the importance of the therapist in therapy. Instead, it elevates the importance of having highly talented and skilled therapists with a broad knowledge of the field.

In order to facilitate this shift, individuals, such as Barry Duncan and Scott D. Miller, have been leading the way in the development of tools that enhance the therapist's effectiveness by bringing the client's voice into therapy. A growing number of therapists have been finding that the use of tools such as the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS) or the OQ-45 provide improved outcomes in their practice.

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Category: CDOI, Feedback Informed Therapy, Feedback Informed Treatment, FIT, OQ 45, PCOMS, Scott Miller, Therapy effectiveness

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