Clara E. Hill, Ph. D.
“Psychotherapy Skills and Methods: Empirical Evidence
Sunday, March 26, 2023
Conference 10 AM – 1 PM (ET)
The overall purpose is to present a summary of the evidence for 27 psychotherapy skills, (e.g., questions, advice, interpretations) and methods (e.g., role induction, dream work, chair work) reviewed in a major task force sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. We will first cover definitions of skills/methods as distinguished from treatments and change principles, and describe the current thinking about defining and assessing skills/methods, outcomes, and ways of linking skills/methods and outcome.
Then we will discuss how the reviews were conducted and what was found. Based on the reviews, a panel of experts deemed each skill or method as demonstrably effective, probably effective, neutral/mixed, or insufficient evidence to judge in terms of immediate in-session, intermediate between sessions, or distal end-of-treatment outcomes. To show the process more clearly, we will focus on two skills (empathic reflections and interpretations) and two methods (role induction and dream work and nightmare treatments).
The implications for training and therapeutic practice will be covered. Discussion will center on how to conduct research that is more clinically relevant.
About the Speaker:
Clara E. Hill earned her Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University in 1974. She began her career in 1974 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, where she is now Professor. She has been President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology, and Co-editor of Psychotherapy Research.
Dr. Hill’s awards include the Leona Tyler Award of the Society of Counseling Psychology, the Distinguished Psychologist Award of Division 29 of the APA, the Distinguished Research Career Award from the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award of the Section on Counseling and Psychotherapy Process and Outcome Research from the Society for Counseling Psychology.
Dr. Hill’s major research interests are helping skills, psychotherapy process and outcome, training and supervision of therapists, dream work, meaning in life and qualitative research. Her publications include about 250 journal articles, 60 chapters in books, and nine books of her own, including Helping Skills, Dream Work in Therapy, and Meaning in Life. In addition, Dr. Hill has co-edited eight books, including Insight in Psychotherapy and How and Why Some Therapists are Better than Others, this last title with Louis G. Castonguay. Dr. Hill has also been featured in three DVD’s demonstrating helping skills, dreams, and meaning in life.
At the conclusion of this advanced-level program, participants will be able to:
- define and differentiate treatments, change principles, methods and skills.
- define and differentiate immediate in-session, intermediate between sessions, and distal end-of-treatment outcomes.
- define how to link skills/methods and outcomes.
- list at least two to three demonstrably effective skills/methods.
- list limitations with the current research methods and results.
- list future, more clinically-relevant research directions for linking skills/methods and outcomes.
Who should attend?
Mental health professionals: psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, pastoral counselors, as well as persons with an interest in psychodynamic/ psychoanalytic thinking and application. The instructional level of this activity is advanced. CE Credits:
CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance and completed evaluation forms. Attendance is monitored. Credits will not be granted to registrants who arrive late or depart early. Credits will be granted to participants who submit a completed evaluation form at the end of the session. It is the responsibility of participants to comply with these requirements. Upon completion of this program, participants will be given 3 CE credits.
The Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (BSPS) is a local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. BSPS is also recognized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners as a sponsor of continuing education programs. Registration: Make checks payable to “BSPS” and mail to: BSPS, PO Box 20910, Baltimore, MD 21209-0910
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Deadline for this conference is: 3-15-23. If you cannot ensure your check will arrive in time, contact us before that date (contactbsps@BSPSmaryland.org
Refund Policy: Please note that registration fees are not refundable. If you cannot attend a conference for which you have already paid, we can apply your payment to an upcoming conference within the same conference calendar year (September to May). Important disclosure information:
None of the planners and presenters of this CE program has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
- $45 BSPS members
- $70 Non-members
- $15 Full-time student members or recent graduate members *
- $20 Full-time student or recent graduate* non-members
*Recent graduates are those who received their professional degrees within the last year.