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Conference Presentation: Standing Out From The Crowd: The Research Backed Secrets of Great Therapists

Beth is honored to be co-presenting at the American Counseling Association’s 2020 Annual Conference: “Break Through” at San Diego Convention Center at 111 West Harbor Drive in San Diego, California which runs from April 16 – April 19, 2020.

Title: Standing Out From The Crowd: The Research Backed Secrets of Great Therapists

Time/Date: TBD

Presenters: Robert Scholz, LMFT, LPCC & Elizabeth Irias, LMFT
Presentation Length: 90 minutes

Primary Track: Counselor Education
Secondary Track: Research

Rationale for the Proposal (2500 characters): The goal of this presentation is to improve the clinical outcomes of therapeutic services by informing counselors about the effectiveness of Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT), an evidence-based practice. Feedback Informed Treatment is a collaborative and deliberate approach for evaluating and improving the efficacy of counseling services. Through consistent and formal feedback conversations with clients about the therapeutic alliance and progress on treatment goals, counseling services are rigorously evaluated and then tailored to meet the dynamic needs and treatment goals of clients. Easy to integrate with most theoretical models of counseling, research shows that clinicians utilizing FIT strategies are able to more effectively keep clients in treatment, improve their treatment outcomes and identify earlier those clients whose symptoms are worsening. Simple and time-sensitive FIT measures will be discussed, demonstrated and practiced during this interactive session.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define Feedback Informed Treatment

  2. List three or more research findings supporting the use of routine monitoring of the therapeutic alliance and treatment outcomes

  3. Describe two or more conversation points during initial client interactions that lead to a clinical culture of feedback