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1 Individual Counseling Theory and Practices SUMMARY James J. Messina, Ph.D.
2 The Effective Counselor The most important instrument you have is YOUYour living example, of who you are and how you struggle to live up to your potential, is powerfulBe authenticThe stereotyped, professional role can be shedIf you hide behind your role the client will also hideBe a therapeutic person and be clear about who you areBe willing to grow, to risk, to care, and to be involved
3 Personal Characteristics of Effective Counselors Have an identityRespect & appreciate themselvesAble to recognize & accept own powerOpen to changeMake choices which affect their livesFeel alive & make life-oriented choicesAuthentic, sincere & honestHave a sense of humorMake mistakes & admit themLive in the presentAppreciate the influence of cultureSincere interest in welfare of othersInvolved in & derive meaning from workMaintain healthy boundaries
4 Ethical Decision Making The principles that underlie our professional codesBenefit others, do no harm, respect other’s autonomy, be just, fair and faithfulThe role of ethical codesThey: educate us about responsibilities, are a basis for accountability, protect clients, are a basis for improving professional practiceMaking ethical decisionsIdentify the problem, review relevant codes, seek consultation, brainstorm, list consequences and decide
5 Client’s RightsClients need enough information about the counseling process to be able to make informed choicesEducate clients about their rights and responsibilitiesConfidentiality is essential but not absoluteExceptions:The client poses a danger to others or selfA client under the age of 16 is the victim of abuseThe client needs to be hospitalizedThe information is made an issue in a court actionThe client requests a release of record
6 Multicultural Issues Biases are reflected when we: Neglect social and community factors to focus unduly on individualismAssess clients with instruments that have not been normed on the population they representJudge as psychopathological ~ behaviors, beliefs, or experiences that are normal for the client’s culture
7 Dual Relationships Some helpful questions: Will my dual relationship keep me from confronting and challenging the client?Will my needs for the relationship become more important than therapeutic activities?Can my client manage the dual relationship?Whose needs are being met -- my client’s or my own?Can I recognize and manage professionally my attraction to my client?
9 The Development of Personality ORAL STAGE (First year)Related to later mistrust and rejection issuesANAL STAGE (Ages 1-3)Related to later personal power issuesPHALLIC STAGE (Ages 3-6)Related to later sexual attitudesLATENCY STAGE (Ages 6-12)A time of socializationGENITAL STAGE (Ages 12-60)Sexual energies are invested in life
10 The Structure of Personality THE ID — The Demanding ChildRuled by the pleasure principleTHE EGO — The Traffic CopRuled by the reality principleTHE SUPEREGO — The JudgeRuled by the moral principle
11 The Unconscious Clinical evidence for postulating the unconscious: DreamsSlips of the tonguePosthypnotic suggestionsMaterial derived from free-associationMaterial derived from projective techniquesSymbolic content of psychotic symptomsNOTE: consciousness is only a thin slice of the total mind
12 Ego-Defense Mechanisms Are normal behaviors which operate on an unconscious level and tend to deny or distort realityHelp the individual cope with anxiety and prevent the ego from being overwhelmedHave adaptive value if they do not become a style of life to avoid facing reality
13 Psychoanalytic Techniques Free AssociationClient reports immediately without censoring any feelings or thoughtsInterpretationTherapist points out, explains, and teaches the meanings of whatever is revealedDream AnalysisTherapist uses the “royal road to the unconscious” to bring unconscious material to light
14 Transference and Countertransference The client reacts to the therapist as he did to an earlier significant otherThis allows the client to experience feelings that would otherwise be inaccessibleANALYSIS OF TRANSFERENCE — allows the client to achieve insight into the influence of the pastCountertransferenceThe reaction of the therapist toward the client that may interfere with objectivity
15 Resistance Resistance Anything that works against the progress of therapy and prevents the production of unconscious materialAnalysis of ResistanceHelps the client to see that canceling appointments, fleeing from therapy prematurely, etc., are ways of defending against anxietyThese acts interfere with the ability to accept changes which could lead to a more satisfying life
17 Alfred Adler’s Individual Psychology A phenomenological approachSocial interest is stressedBirth order and sibling relationshipsTherapy as teaching, informing and encouragingBasic mistakes in the client’s private logicThe therapeutic relationship — a collaborative partnership
18 The Phenomenological Approach Adlerians attempt to view the world from the client’s subjective frame of referenceHow life is in reality is less important than how the individual believes life to beIt is not the childhood experiences that are crucial ~ It is our present interpretation of these eventsUnconscious instincts and our past do not determine our behavior
19 Social Interest Adler’s most significant and distinctive concept Refers to an individual’s attitude toward and awareness of being a part of the human communityMental health is measured by the degree to which we successfully share with others and are concerned with their welfareHappiness and success are largely related to social connectedness
20 Birth Order Adler’s five psychological positions: Oldest child ~ receives more attention, spoiled, center of attentionSecond of only two ~ behaves as if in a race, often opposite to first childMiddle ~ often feels squeezed outYoungest ~ the babyOnly ~ does not learn to share or cooperate with other children, learns to deal with adults
21 EncouragementEncouragement is the most powerful method available for changing a person’s beliefsHelps build self-confidence and stimulates courageDiscouragement is the basic condition that prevents people from functioningClients are encouraged to recognize that they have the power to choose and to act differently
23 Existential Therapy Philosophical/Intellectual Approach to Therapy BASIC DIMENSIONS ~ OF THE HUMAN CONDITIONThe capacity for self-awarenessThe tension between freedom & responsibilityThe creation of an identity & establishing meaningful relationshipsThe search for meaningAccepting anxiety as a condition of livingThe awareness of death and nonbeing
24 The Capacity for Self-Awareness The greater our awareness, the greater our possibilities for freedomAwareness is realizing that:We are finite - time is limitedWe have the potential, the choice, to act or not to actMeaning is not automatic - we must seek itWe are subject to loneliness, meaninglessness, emptiness, guilt, and isolation
25 Identity and Relationship Identity is “the courage to be” ~ We must trust ourselves to search within and find our own answersOur great fear is that we will discover that there is no core, no selfRelatedness ~ At their best our relationships are based on our desire for fulfillment, not our deprivationRelationships that spring from our sense of deprivation are clinging, parasitic, and symbiotic
26 The Search for MeaningMeaning ~ like pleasure, meaning must be pursued obliquelyFinding meaning in life is a by-product of a commitment to creating, loving, and working“The will to meaning” is our primary strivingLife is not meaningful in itself; the individual must create and discover meaning
27 Anxiety – A Condition of Living Existential anxiety is normal - life cannot be lived, nor can death be faced, without anxietyAnxiety can be a stimulus for growth as we become aware of and accept our freedomWe can blunt our anxiety by creating the illusion that there is security in lifeIf we have the courage to face ourselves and life we may be frightened, but we will be able to change
28 Relationship Between Therapist and Client Therapy is a journey taken by therapist and clientThe person-to-person relationship is keyThe relationship demands that therapists be in contact with their own phenomenological worldThe core of the therapeutic relationshipRespect, & faith in the clients’ potential to copeSharing reactions with genuine concern & empathy
29 Person-Centered Therapy James J. Messina, Ph.D.
30 Person-Centered Therapy A reaction against the directive and psychoanalytic approachesChallenges:The assumption that “the counselor knows best”The validity of advice, suggestion, persuasion, teaching, diagnosis, and interpretationThe belief that clients cannot understand and resolve their own problems without direct helpThe focus on problems over persons
31 Person-Centered Therapy Emphasizes:Therapy as a journey shared by two fallible peopleThe person’s innate striving for self- actualizationThe personal characteristics of the therapist and the quality of the therapeutic relationshipThe counselor’s creation of a permissive, “growth promoting” climatePeople are capable of self-directed growth if involved in a therapeutic relationship
32 A Growth-Promoting Climate Congruence - genuineness or realnessUnconditional positive regard- acceptance and caring, but not approval of all behaviorAccurate empathic understanding – an ability to deeply grasp the client’s subjective worldHelper attitudes are more important than knowledge
33 Six Conditions(necessary and sufficient for personality changes to occur) Two persons are in psychological contactThe first, the client, is experiencing incongruencyThe second person, the therapist, is congruent or integrated in the relationshipThe therapist experiences unconditional positive regard or real caring for the clientThe therapist experiences empathy for the client’s internal frame of reference and endeavors to communicate this to the clientThe communication to the client is, to a minimal degree, achieved
34 The Therapist Focuses on the quality of the therapeutic relationship Serves as a model of a human being struggling toward greater realnessIs genuine, integrated, and authentic, without a false frontCan openly express feelings and attitudes that are present in the relationship with the client
36 Gestalt TherapyExistential & Phenomenological ~ it is grounded in the client’s “here and now”Initial goal is for clients to gain awareness of what they are experiencing and doing nowPromotes direct experiencing rather than the abstractness of talking about situationsRather than talk about a childhood trauma the client is encouraged to become the hurt child
37 The Now Our “power is in the present” Nothing exists except the “now”The past is gone and the future has not yet arrivedFor many people the power of the present is lostThey may focus on their past mistakes or engage in endless resolutions and plans for the future
38 Unfinished Business Feelings about the past are unexpressed These feelings are associated with distinct memories and fantasiesFeelings not fully experienced linger in the background and interfere with effective contactResult:Preoccupation, compulsive behavior, wariness oppressive energy and self- defeating behavior
39 Layers of NeurosisPerls likens the unfolding of adult personality to the peeling of an onionPhony layer ~ stereotypical and inauthenticPhobic layer ~ fears keep us from seeing ourselvesImpasse layer ~ we give up our powerImplosive layer ~ we fully experience our deadnessExplosive layer ~ we let go of phony roles
40 Contact and Resistances to Contact CONTACT ~ interacting with nature and with other people without losing one’s individualityRESISTANCE TO CONTACT ~ the defenses we develop to prevent us from experiencing the present fullFive major channels of resistance:IntrojectionRetroflectionDeflectionProjectionConfluence
41 Therapeutic Techniques The experiment in Gestalt TherapyPreparing clients for experimentsInternal dialogue exerciseRehearsal exerciseReversal techniqueExaggeration exercise
43 Reality Therapy Basic Beliefs Emphasis is on responsibilityTherapist’s function is to keep therapy focused on the presentWe often mistakenly choose misery in our best attempt to meet our needsWe act responsibly when we meet our needs without keeping others from meeting their needs
44 Basic NeedsAll internally motivated behavior is geared toward meeting one or more of our basic human needsBelongingPowerFreedomFunSurvival (Physiological needs)Our brain functions as a control system to get us what we want
45 Procedures That Lead to Change: The “WDEP” System W Wants: What do you want to be and do? Your “picture album”D Doing and Direction: What are you doing? Where do you want to go?E Evaluation: Does your present behavior have a reasonable chance of getting you what you want?P Planning – “SAMIC”
46 Planning For Change-SAMIC S Simple: Easy to understand, specific and concreteA Attainable: Within the capacities and motivation of the clientM Measurable: Are the changes observable and helpful?I Immediate & Involved: What can be done today? What can you do?C Controlled: Can you do this by yourself or will you be dependent on others?
47 Total Behavior: Our Best Attempt to Satisfy Our Needs DOING ~ active behaviorsTHINKING ~ thoughts, self-statementsFEELINGS ~ anger, joy, pain, anxietyPHYSIOLOGY ~ bodily reactions
49 Behavior TherapyA set of clinical procedures relying on experimental findings of psychological researchBased on principles of learning that are systematically appliedTreatment goals are specific and measurableFocusing on the client’s current problemsTo help people change maladaptive to adaptive behaviorsThe therapy is largely educational - teaching clients skills of self-management
50 Exposure Therapies In Vivo Desensitization Brief and graduated exposure to an actual fear situation or eventFloodingProlonged & intensive in vivo or imaginal exposure to highly anxiety-evoking stimuli without the opportunity to avoid themEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)An exposure-based therapy that involves imaginal flooding, cognitive restructuring, and the use of rhythmic eye movements and other bilateral stimulation to treat traumatic stress disorders and fearful memories of clients
51 Four Aspects of Behavior Therapy 1. Classical ConditioningIn classical conditioning certain respondent behaviors, such as knee jerks and salivation, are elicited from a passive organism2. Operant ConditioningFocuses on actions that operate on the environment to produce consequencesIf the environmental change brought about by the behavior is reinforcing, the chances are strengthened that the behavior will occur again.If the environmental changes produce no reinforcement, the chances are lessened that the behavior will recur
52 Four Aspects of Behavior Therapy 3. Social Learning ApproachGives prominence to the reciprocal interactions between an individual’s behavior and the environment4. Cognitive Behavior TherapyEmphasizes cognitive processes and private events (such as client’s self-talk) as mediators of behavior change
53 Therapeutic Techniques Relaxation Training ~ to cope with stressSystematic Desensitization ~ for anxiety and avoidance reactionsModeling ~ observational learningAssertion Training ~ social-skills trainingSelf-Management Programs ~ “giving psychology away”Multimodal Therapy ~ a technical eclecticism
54 Cognitive Behavior Therapy James J. Messina, Ph.D.
55 Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) Stresses thinking, judging, deciding, analyzing, and doingAssumes that cognitions, emotions, and behaviors interact and have a reciprocal cause- and-effect relationshipIs highly didactic, very directive, and concerned as much with thinking as with feelingTeaches that our emotions stem mainly from our beliefs, evaluations, interpretations, and reactions to life situations
56 The Therapeutic Process Therapy is seen as an educational processClients learn:To identify and dispute irrational beliefs that are maintained by self-indoctrinationTo replace ineffective ways of thinking with effective and rational cognitionsTo stop absolutistic thinking, blaming, and repeating false beliefs
57 View of Human NatureWe are born with a potential for both rational and irrational thinkingWe have the biological and cultural tendency to think crookedly and to needlessly disturb ourselvesWe learn and invent disturbing beliefs and keep ourselves disturbed through our self-talkWe have the capacity to change our cognitive, emotive, and behavioral processes
59 Irrational Ideas Irrational ideas lead to self-defeating behavior Some examples:“I must have love or approval from all the significant people in my life.”“I must perform important tasks competently and perfectly.”“If I don’t get what I want, it’s terrible, and I can’t stand it.”
60 Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy (CT) Insight-focused therapyEmphasizes changing negative thoughts and maladaptive beliefsTheoretical AssumptionsPeople’s internal communication is accessible to introspectionClients’ beliefs have highly personal meaningsThese meanings can be discovered by the client rather than being taught or interpreted by the therapist
61 Theory, Goals & Principles of CT Basic theory:To understand the nature of an emotional episode or disturbance it is essential to focus on the cognitive content of an individual’s reaction to the upsetting event or stream of thoughtsGoals:To change the way clients think by using their automatic thoughts to reach the core schemata and begin to introduce the idea of schema restructuringPrinciples:Automatic thoughts: personalized notions that are triggered by particular stimuli that lead to emotional responses
62 CT’s Cognitive Distortions Arbitrary inferencesSelective abstractionOvergeneralizationMagnification and minimizationPersonalizationLabeling and mislabelingPolarized thinking
63 CT’s Cognitive Triad Pattern that triggers depression: 1. Client holds negative view of themselves2. Selective abstraction: Client has tendency to interpret experiences in a negative manner3. Client has a gloomy vision and projections about the future
64 Donald Meichenbaum’s Cognitive Behavior Modification (CBM) Focus:Client’s self-verbalizations or self-statementsPremise:As a prerequisite to behavior change, clients must notice how they think,feel, and behave, and what impact they have on othersBasic assumption:Distressing emotions are typically the result of maladaptive thoughts
65 Meichenbaum’s CBM Self-instructional therapy focus: Trains clients to modify the instructions they give to themselves so that they can copeEmphasis is on acquiring practical coping skillsCognitive structure:The organizing aspect of thinking, which seems to monitor and direct the choice of thoughtsThe “executive processor,” which “holds the blueprints of thinking” that determine when to continue, interrupt, or change thinking
66 Behavior Change & Coping (CBM) 3 Phases of Behavior Change1. Self-observation2. Starting a new internal dialogue3. Learning new skillsCoping skills programs – Stress inoculation training (3 phase model)1. The conceptual phase2. Skills acquisition and rehearsal phase3. Application and follow-through phase
67 Constructivist Narrative Perspective (CNP) Focuses on the stories people tell about themselves and others about significant events in their livesTherapeutic task:Help clients appreciate how they construct their realities and how they author their own stories
69 Key Concepts of Feminist Therapy Problems are viewed in a sociopolitical and cultural contextThe client knows what is best for her life and is the expert on her own lifeEmphasis is on educating clients about the therapy processTraditional ways of assessing psychological health are challengedIt is assumed that individual change will best occur through social changeClients are encouraged to take social action
70 Four Approaches to Feminist Therapy 1. Liberal FeminismFocusHelping individual women overcome the limits and constraints of their socialization patternsMajor goalsPersonal empowerment of individual womenDignitySelf-fulfillmentEquality
71 Four Approaches to Feminist Therapy 2. Cultural FeminismOppression stems from society’s devaluation of women’s strengthsEmphasize the differences between women and menBelieve the solution to oppression lies in feminization of the culturesociety becomes more nurturing, cooperative, and relationalMajor goal of therapy is the infusion of society with values based on cooperation
72 Four Approaches to Feminist Therapy 3. Radical FeminismFocusThe oppression of women that is embedded in patriarchySeek to change society through activismTherapy is viewed as a political enterprise with the goal of transformation of societyMajor goalsTransform gender relationshipsTransform societal institutionsIncrease women’s sexual and procreative self-determination.
73 Four Approaches to Feminist Therapy 4. Socialist FeminismAlso have goal of societal changeEmphasis on multiple oppressionsBelieve solutions to society’s problems must include consideration of:ClassRaceOther forms of discriminationMajor goal of therapy is to transform social relationships and institutions
74 Principles of Feminist Therapy The personal is politicalThe counseling relationship is egalitarianWomen’s experiences are honoredDefinitions of distress and “mental illness” are reformulatedThere is an integrated analysis of oppression
75 Goals of Feminist Therapy To become aware of one’s gender-role socialization processTo identify internalized gender-role messages and replace them with functional beliefsTo acquire skills to bring about change in the environmentTo develop a wide range of behaviors that are freely chosenTo become personally empowered
76 Intervention Techniques in Feminist Therapy Gender-role analysis and interventionTo help clients understand the impact of gender-role expectations in their livesProvides clients with insight into the ways social issues affect their problemsPower analysis and power interventionEmphasis on the power differences between men and women in societyClients helped to recognize different kinds of power they possess and how they and others exercise power
77 Intervention Techniques in Feminist Therapy Bibliotherapy-Allows the client to make an informed choiceReading assignments that address issues such asCoping skillsGender inequalityGender-role stereotypesWays sexism is promotedPower differential between men and womenSociety's obsession with thinnessSelf-disclosureTo help equalize the therapeutic relationship and provide modeling for the clientValues, beliefs about society, and therapeutic interventions discussed
78 Intervention Techniques in Feminist Therapy Assertiveness trainingWomen become aware of their interpersonal rightsTranscends stereotypical sex rolesChanges negative beliefsImplement changes in their daily livesReframingChanges the frame of reference for looking at an individual's behaviorShifting from an intrapersonal to an interpersonal definition of a client’s problem
79 Intervention Techniques in Feminist Therapy RelabelingChanges the label or evaluation applied to the client's behavioral characteristicsGenerally, the focus is shifted from a negative to a positive evaluation
81 The Family Systems Perspective Individuals ~ are best understood through assessing the interactions within an entire familySymptoms ~ are viewed as an expression of a dysfunction within a familyProblematic behaviors ~Serve a purpose for the familyAre a function of the family’s inability to operate productivelyAre symptomatic patterns handed down across generationsA family ~ is an interactional unit and a change in one member effects all membersTheory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy - Chapter 13 (1)
82 Adlerian Family Therapy Adlerians use an educational model to counsel familiesEmphasis is on family atmosphere and family constellationTherapists function as collaborators who seek to join the familyParent interviews yield hunches about the purposes underlying children’s misbehavior
83 Adlerian Family Therapy Goals Unlock mistaken goals and interactional patternsEngage parents in a learning experience and a collaborative assessmentEmphasis is on the family’s motivational patternsMain aim is to initiate a reorientation of the family
84 Multigenerational Family Therapy The application of rational thinking to emotionally saturated systemsA well-articulated theory is considered to be essentialWith the proper knowledge the individual can changeChange occurs only with other family membersDifferentiation of the selfA psychological separation from othersTriangulationA third party is recruited to reduce anxiety and stabilize a couple’s relationship
85 Multigenerational Family Therapy Goals To change the individuals within the context of the systemTo end generation-to-generation transmission of problems by resolving emotional attachmentsTo lessen anxiety and relieve symptomsTo increase the individual member’s level of differentiation
86 Human Validation Process Model Enhancement and validation of self- esteemFamily rulesCongruence and openness in communicationsSculptingNurturing triadsFamily mapping and chronologies
87 Human Validation Process Model Therapy Goals Open communicationsIndividuals are allowed to honestly report their perceptionsEnhancement of self-esteemFamily decisions are based on individual needsEncouragement of growthDifferences are acknowledged and seen as opportunities for growthTransform extreme rules into useful and functional rulesFamilies have many spoken and unspoken rules
88 Experiential Family Therapy A freewheeling, intuitive, sometimes outrageous approach aiming to:Unmask pretense, create new meaning, and liberate family members to be themselvesTechniques are secondary to the therapeutic relationshipPragmatic and atheoreticalInterventions create turmoil and intensify what is going on here and now in the family
89 Experiential Family Therapy Goals Facilitate individual autonomy and a sense of belonging in the familyHelp individuals achieve more intimacy by increasing their awareness and their experiencingEncourage members to be themselves by freely expressing what they are thinking and feelingSupport spontaneity, creativity, the ability to play, and the willingness to be “crazy”
90 Structural Family Therapy Focus is on family interactions to understand the structure, or organization of the familySymptoms are a by-product of structural failingsStructural changes must occur in a family before an individual’s symptoms can be reducedTechniques are active, directive, and well thought-out
91 Structural Family Therapy Goals Reduce symptoms of dysfunctionBring about structural change by:Modifying the family’s transactional rulesDeveloping more appropriate boundariesCreation of an effective hierarchical structureIt is assumed that faulty family structures have:Boundaries that are rigid or diffuseSubsystems that have inappropriate tasks and functions
92 Strategic Family Therapy Focuses on solving problems in the presentPresenting problems are accepted as “real” and not a symptom of system dysfunctionTherapy is brief, process-focused, and solution- orientedThe therapist designs strategies for changeChange results when the family follows the therapist’s directions and change transactions
93 Strategic Family Therapy Goals Resolve presenting problems by focusing on behavioral sequencesGet people to behave differentlyShift the family organization so that the presenting problem is no longer functionalMove the family toward the appropriate stage of family developmentProblems often arise during the transition from one developmental stage to the next
94 Social Constructionism The client, not the therapist, is the expertDialogue is used to elicit perspective, resources, and unique client experiencesQuestions empower family members to speak, and to express their diverse positionsThe therapist supplies optimism and the process
95 Social Constructionism Therapy Goals Generate new meaning in the lives of family membersCo-develop, with families, solutions that are unique to the situationEnhance awareness of the impact of various aspects of the dominant culture on the familyHelp families develop alternative ways of being, acting, knowing, and living
96 Eclectic Structural Brief Therapy (ESBT) James J. Messina, Ph.D.
97 A Therapy TruismHow many therapists does it take to change a light bulb?Just one, but the light bulb has to want to be changed.
98 Rationale for ESBT-Brief Model How do therapists motivate clients to overcome their resistanceClients stay in treatment for from six to ten sessionsClients report maximum gains after three to six sessionsBrief therapy models have been found to have no significant difference in their effectiveness than those of long term therapy models (Budman & Gurman, 1988; Cummings, 1986; Budman & Stone, 1983).
99 Therapists who hold to a Brief Therapy model Have values & beliefs about what can & cannot be accomplished in therapyBelieve effective therapy results in the resolution of current problems & not in the major modification of personality or character structureBelieve their job is to fix leaks rather than build a custom designed house form the ground up.Exhibit behavior which reflects confidence in the efficacy of theEstablish challenging but limited goals for treatmentWork toward insight but also facilitate behavior changeBelieve their primary goal is to initiate a healing process that can continue throughout the clients’ lives (Gelso and Johnson 1983)
100 Why People Seek out Brief Therapy Most people do not desire lengthy process to uncover all subconscious and conscious drives which affect their mental health.They seek out therapy because they are in some form of crisis, which affects their mental well, beingThey want to find coping strategies, which will assist them to alleviate their currently experienced pain
101 Brief Therapy Helps Clients Identify whether or not they are “light bulbs” wanting to be changedSee if a match exists in their temperament and personality styles with the therapistsSee if right mix of motivation and simpatico between clients and therapist so change can occur in a brief period of timeIf there is not a match, therapists need to encourage them to not pursue therapy until a readiness and willingness to do what it takes to change so that they can become “turned on light bulbs.”
102 Literature on Brief Therapy Leaders in brief therapy include: Bennett (1983, 1986); Budman (1988); Cummings (1986, 1988); de Shazer (1982, 1985, 1988); Haley (1985); the MRI Group of Weakland, Fisch, Segal, and Watzlawick (1974, 1978, 1982); Strupp & Binder (1984); Talom, (1990); and Wells (1990).Reviews of the research (Bloom, 1992; Rosenbaum, Hoyt & Talmon, 1990; Hoyt, 1995; Rosenbaum, 1994) repeatedly have found brief therapy as effective as time-unlimited traditional therapies, regardless of diagnosis or duration of treatment.
103 Long-Term Therapists Seek change in basic character Believe that significant psychological change is unlikely in every day life.See presenting problems as reflecting more basic pathology.Want to "be there" as clients make significant changes.See therapy as having a "timeless" quality & works if clients are willing to wait for change.Unconsciously recognize fiscal convenience of maintaining long-term clients.View psychotherapy as almost always benign and useful.See clients being in therapy as the most important part of clients’ life
104 Short Term TherapistsPrefer pragmatism, parsimony and least radical intervention & do not believe in notion of "cure."Maintain adult developmental perspective from which significant psychological change is viewed as inevitable.Emphasize clients’ strengths and resources; presenting problems are taken seriouslyAccept many changes will occur "after therapy" and will not be observable to the therapist.Do not accept timelessness of some models of therapy.Fiscal issues often muted, either by the nature of the therapist's practices or structure for reimbursement.View psychotherapy as being sometimes useful and sometimes harmful.See being in the world as more important than being in therapy.
105 Assumptions about Clients in Brief Therapy Model The clients have experienced "faulty learning at some point in early life.The clients and their/her environment interact and influence each other reciprocally.The interpersonal environment of the clients is never neutral. It influences the clients positively or negatively.Although personality, character, social supports etc. are all very important in people’s life patterns, chance encounters and chance events are also prominent factors in shaping life's course.People understand experience, at least in part, on the basis of their stage of development.There will be little to no therapy achieved until the clients are ready to change.
106 Critical Therapist Factors in Brief Therapy- Therapist must: Maintain clear, specific focus & structureMaintain active therapeutic role by suggesting activities or insights, collaborating and problem solving using tasks, homework assignments, by asking questionsRemain aware of the value of "time" in process,each session be valued as vital to the desired outcomes.Make time between sessions spent in carrying on the therapeutic process by homework assignments: readings, journal writing, practice of new behaviors such as exercise, joining self-help groups, public speaking, volunteering & trying new interactional patterns in the family, marriage and work or school setting if applicable.
107 Critical Therapist Factors II in Brief Therapy - Therapist must: Try new strategies, do something different, novel to motivate & challenged clients to deal with the presenting problems successfullyBe flexible, eclectic in a variety of treatment modalities for individual, couple, family, groupUse innovative session duration and re-schedulingSee end of treatment as interrupting vs. terminating encourage clients recognize therapy is a process over whole life cycle and can return on an as needed basis.Be clear with the clients: relapse is a part of recovery to return to therapy is not failure but good common sense.Recognize disincentives:bias of training programs, too many therapists, financial survival need
108 Clients factors in Brief Therapy Common belief that 85% to 90% of all clients are appropriate for brief therapyKoss and Shiang (1994) indicate that individuals who appear to benefit most from brief therapy are:Whose problems had a sudden or acute onsetWere previously reasonably well-adjustedCould relate well with othersHad high initial motivation when entering the therapeutic processBrief therapy may be inappropriate for individuals whose personal characteristics are in contrast to those noted above & some types of psychological disturbances; substance abuse, psychosis, and personality disorders.
109 Clients factors in Brief Therapy II – Clients must: Have an average intellectual ability & capable of understanding the issues involved able to read and write in order to many of the assignmentsBe psychologically minded & open to psychologically oriented insight, interpretations and suggestionsHave some social support system in place where they can turn for support & understanding during their time in the therapeutic process.Be motivated for change: light bulbs that are ready.Have social orientation relate problems in social contextHave clear present problem or principle complaint, which can be identified in therapy.Have ability to collaborate with therapist in the process.
110 Clients factors in Brief Therapy III Clients must have: Have been able to have established at least one meaningful relationship in their livesHave capacity for rapid emotional involvement & equally rapid emotional separation.Have good ego strength.Have the ability to express feelings.have the expectation that therapy will be successful.Be excluded based on the belief that therapists do not try to treat the untreatableTherapists think all therapy "trial therapy" for 3 sessions & either: transfer inappropriate clients, use alternative or adjunctive modality of treatment, or offer no treatment
111 Characteristics of Eclectic Structural Brief Therapy (ESBT) Theoretical BasisLength of SessionFrequency and Regularity of SessionsDuration of TreatmentLocation of TherapyInitiation of TherapyTermination of TherapyGoals of TherapyTherapeutic Process
115 ESBT model Flexible Process of Theoretical Integration I Limited and collaboratively set realistic goals similar to Reality Therapy (Glasser 1965 & 2000)Collaborative relationship between therapist and clients similar to Person Centered Therapy (Rogers, 1961)Rapid and early assessment done by therapist utilizing techniques from Systemic Family Therapy (Bowen, 1978; Haley, 1985; Minuchin & Fishman, 1981; Satir, 1983; Whitaker, 1976)Focused interventions similar to the Multi-model Behavioral Therapy (Lazarus, 1995)Staying centered in the “here and now” with the clients similar to Existentialist Therapy (May & Yalom, 1995)
116 ESBT model Flexible Process of Theoretical Integration II Directed activity accomplished by the clients similar to Cognitive Therapy (Beck, 1976; Ellis & MacLaren, 1998; Meichenbaum, 1997)Ventilation of emotions similar to the Gestalt Therapy (Perls, 1969)Teaching how to identify and refute irrational thinking similar to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) (Ellis & Harper, 1997; Ellis & MacLaren, 1998)Identifying, challenging and confronting psychological defenses similar to Psychodynamic Therapy (Freud, 1955)Encouraging personal responsibility taking and accepting the social consequences for one’s actions similar to Adlerian Therapy (Adler, 1930, 1931, 1938)Creative and efficient use of timeSelection process by which suitable clients who are “light bulbs ready to be turned on” are enrolled in this treatment model (Budman & Gurman, 1988)
117 Goal of Techniques ("art" of the science of therapy) in ESBT Strengthen treatment gainsGeneralize learning from session to real experienceAllow for learning of new skill or enhancing of an old skillEmpower clients who are demoralized, wounded & feel like outcastsEnable clients to personalize therapy so that the outcomes are uniquely theirsHelps clients own the outcomes of therapy as something, which they have done on their ownView selves as competent self-healers who can gain new coping skills and enhance old onesEnables renewed self-confidence, increased self-worth and enhanced self-esteem
118 Types of Techniques in ESBT Initiating: aimed at exploring clients' presenting problems gain understandingChallenging: aimed at assisting clients to change their thoughts, emotions and actionsConcluding: aimed at evaluating clients' progress and degree of change.
119 Initiating Techniques of ESBT Conduct a Pre-session telephone callMail out psycho-social-medical history formsAscertain in the initial session if clients are ready for treatment or if someone else is pressuring them into treatment.Ask clients how soon they expect to be helped and what they see to be the obstaclesTrain clients in problem analysis and goal settingExplain the length and nature of ESBT treatmentKeep clients in the "here and now"Operate on assumption length of treatment only 1 session
120 Major Initiating Message in ESBT “Our parents did the best they could knowing what they did at the time. We, as adults, must now take responsibility for our own lives and learn what "normal" is so that we can have healthier, more productive lives.”
121 Challenging Techniques in ESBT HomeworkHave the client envision changeUse novelty, uncommon therapyUse one-down position "Columbo"Use humor in treatmentFocus clients' roles past & current familyUtilize metaphor or paradoxUse Crystal Ball TechniqueAsk challenging questions of clientsEncourage Bibliotherapy
122 Homework in ESBTSelf-esteem development (Family Systems: Satir, 1983, 1988)Life style of recovery (Reality Therapy: Glasser, 1965, 2000)Family of origin behavioral introjected scripts (Gestalt: Perls, 1969) and irrational beliefs (REBT: Ellis & Harper, 1997)Handling loss (Existential: May & Yalom, 1991)Personal growth (Behavioral: Lazarus, 1995, 1997; REBT: Ellis & Harper, 1997; Cognitive: Beck, 1976 & Meichenbaum, 1997)Handling relationships (Family Systems: Satir, 1983, 1988)Communications (Person Centered: Rogers, 1961)Anger work-out (Gestalt: Perls, 1969)Handling control issues (Reality Therapy: Glasser, 1965, 2000; Adlerian: Adler, 1930, 1931, 1938 & Dreikurs, 1964)Healing the inner child for self healing (Psychodynamic: Freud, 1955; Family Systems: Bowen, 1978; Haley, 1985; Minuchin, 1974, 1981; & Whitaker, 1976)
136 SEA’S SYSTEM MIND-BODY CONNECTION BRAIN rational reasoningHEART-GUT involuntary organic systemsheart rate pressure gastric acid adrenalineIMMUNE SYSTEM
137 Concluding Techniques Post-treatment sculptingJournal reviewClients conduct therapy session with selfContract clients to try it on own no therapyInventory where client is at their timeGive client a progress report
138 Haley’s (1985) tips to consistently fail in brief therapy: Do not attend to the presenting problem of the clients.Dealing with the clients’ past is essential so deal with it extensively.Focus only on symptoms.Predict a worsening of the symptoms or symptom substitution.Over focus on clients’ diagnosis & criteria necessary for diagnosis.You must use only ONE theoretical framework.Don't be directive.Assume change must be observable to be real change.Insist on years of treatment to bring about change.Evoke guilt in the clients.Ignore the clients’ wanting quick results.Don't define goals in therapy.Don't collaborate with your clients.Assume all responsibility for success or failure the clients in therapy.Don't evaluate your effectiveness.