Day One: Thursday, September 8, 2011 Using Research to Enhance

Day One: Thursday, September 8, 2011
Using Research to Enhance Routine Clinical Practice: Implications of Psychotherapy
Research for Individual Practice and Service Design
9:30 Registration & Refreshments
10:00 The Effects of Psychotherapy and What to do About Them. Current status of
psychotherapy as viewed from the perspective of psychotherapy research. Includes
outcomes from clinical trials, effectiveness studies, comparative outcomes,
empirically supported psychotherapies and the implications for practice.
10:30-How Research Can Improve Patient Outcome. What aspects of patient change
should be measured and monitored during the course of psychotherapy? Why
clinically significant change provides a foundation for clinical practice.
1) Measuring patient functioning
2) Classifying patient status
3) Classifying patient change
11.15 Introduction to outcome management methods: How outcome “lab tests” can
improve outcomes for the non responding client. Preventing treatment failure
through the use of signal-alarm warnings to psychotherapists and clients—easy to
use software that provides instantaneous feedback to practitioners and clients.
What shall we tell the client who is not progressing in psychotherapy?
Predicting treatment failure and using this information.
OQ – Analyst software.
Problems and limitations
13.15 Beyond progress feedback: Clinical Support Tools. Once practitioners are
aware that a patient is predicted to leave treatment with a negative outcome
problem solving tools can be helpful in turning around the course of treatment. In
this system, problem solving is organized around a brief assessment of a few key
constructs (alliance, expectations, social support) and suggested interventions.
Afternoon Tea
15.30 The consequences of feedback/clinical management: What does the research
show about the effects of feedback to therapists and clients?
16.00 Discussants: John Mellor-Clark and Michael Barkham --Implications for
practice in the UK
Day Two, Friday September 9, 2011
The Individual Practitioner’s Contribution to Psychotherapy Outcome
9.00 Registration and refreshments
10:00 Variability in outcome as a function of the therapist. Are all therapists from
Lake Woebegone?
11:00 Study of supershrinks and pseudoshrinks
Efficient versus effective psychotherapists
11:30 Factors that contribute to successful psychotherapy outcome with an
emphasis on the therapist’s contribution—the client, techniques, and the therapist
13:15 Research findings on Facilitative Skills —Therapist interpersonal skills and
difficult client presentations. Clinical vignettes will be shown and audience members
asked to respond. Responses will be rated on the (FIT) Anderson scale.
15:00 Becoming an empirically-validated psychotherapist: The value of applying
patient-focused research in psychotherapy practice. How to implement a feedback
system and provide evidence that you are an “empirically-validated psychotherapist”
Afternoon tea
16:00 Discussants—Michael Barkham and John Mellor-Clark. Applications in the UK
and future directions