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Introduction to Therapy: Building the Microskills that Help Us Help Others


Introduction to Therapy: Building the Microskills that Help Us Help Others

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From: May 8, 2020 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Ann Marie Roepke, PhD

Details: Description As a beginning therapist, what do I say, and why? The microskills approach to therapy provides beginning therapists with the building blocks for effective therapeutic work. In this 6-hour training, participants will explore and practice clinical “microskills,” the basic communication and relationship skills that foster positive helping relationships and lay the foundation for other therapeutic work. The microskills addressed in this workshop will include: • How to use nonverbal cues to help clients feel safe, respected, and heard • How to ask good questions to help clients gain insight and make positive changes • How to use paraphrasing and summarizing in the therapeutic process • How to reflect back the emotions or deeper meaning the client has not yet said aloud • How to focus a therapeutic conversation on the ‘right’ topic • How to stay empathetic, even in challenging or frustrating clinical situations Training participants will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways including lecture, demonstrations/videos, discussions, personal reflection, and experiential learning activities designed to provide a basic understanding of therapy microskills. Training activities are transdiagnostic and transtheoretical, meaning that this approach is general enough to apply to different client problems and different styles of therapy. The training will NOT teach how to diagnose or treat specific problems or symptoms; instead the focus is on the basic communication skills that are needed across different types of therapy.

Objectives: At the end of this training participants will be able to: 1) List four microskills needed in therapy 2) Describe what makes a good question in therapeutic settings 3) Demonstrate the use of reflective listening 4) Analyze effective vs. ineffective use of nonverbal communication skills

Cost: FREE

Free CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.