Mastering the Clinical Conversation - Phoenix

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Oct 3 2019 - 8:30am - Oct 4 2019 - 5:00pm
World Region: 
North America
United States
Matthieu Villatte, PhD

Clinicians who care about delivering interventions based on empirical evidence struggle to keep pace with the proliferation of evidence-based psychotherapy models. For this reason, interest in universal psychological treatment processes is at an all-time high. Yet the element shared by virtually all psychotherapies—language—has largely been ignored. In this workshop, you will explore an evidence-based approach to using language intentionally and experientially to produce therapeutic effects, independent of specific treatment packages or modalities. Grounded in relational frame theory (RFT) and contextual behavioral science (CBS), this training provides an integrative framework and practical strategies for harnessing the power of language to free clients from psychological suffering and promote meaningful flourishing.

Exploring the role of language processes in the development and maintenance of psychological problems, this workshop will address a core question: How can clinicians alleviate the suffering caused by language and cognition through the use of language and cognition? We will propose innovative ways to enhance assessment and intervention using specific kinds of clinical conversations. We will demonstrate techniques for shaping behavior change and fostering meaning and motivation, using powerful experiential metaphors and perspective-taking shifts.

The training will include didactics, demonstrations, and skills development through role-plays focused on:

  • Experiential work without reliance on protocols and standard exercises, in natural conversations with clients.
  • Shaping your client’s ability to be in touch with and observe their own experiences, and to draw conclusions adapted to their personal life choices (e.g., how to evoke observation rather than using didactic psychoeducation).
  • Using experiential metaphors and perspective-taking shifts to develop your client’s awareness.
  • Developing life purpose and motivation through meaningful conversations grounded in behavioral principles.

Unlock the power of language in your practice today, and sign up for this essential workshop.

Earn 13 CE Credit Hours