Mental health professionals and accrediting bodies have steadily been embracing competency-focused learning and clinical practice. In contrast to a skill, a competency is a level of sufficiency evaluated against an external standard. Learning to be clinically competent involves considerably more than the current emphasis on skill and micro skill training. While there are now a small number of books that describe the various clinical competencies of counseling and psychotherapy, none of these books focus on how to learn them. Highly Effective Therapy emphasizes the process of learning these essential competencies. It illustrates them in action with evidence-based treatment protocols and clinical simulations to foster learning and competency. Highly Effective Therapy is a hands-on book that promotes learning of the 20 competencies needed for effective and successful clinical practice.
Foreword. Introduction: Developing Essential Clinical Competencies. Apply a Conceptual Map to Understand and Direct the Therapeutic Process. Establish an Effective Therapeutic Alliance. Assess Readiness and Foster Treatment-promoting Factors. Recognize and Resolve Resistance and Ambivalence. Recognize and Repair Alliance Ruptures. Recognize and Resolve Transference-Countertransference. Perform an Integrative Diagnostic Assessment. Develop an Accurate DSM Diagnosis. Develop an Effective Clinical Case Conceptualization. Develop an Effective Cultural Formulation. Plan Interventions and Predict Obstacles to its Implementation. Draft an Integrative Clinical Case Report. Establish a Treatment Focus. Maintain the Treatment Focus. Modify Maladaptive Cognitions, Behaviors, Affects, and Interpersonal Relations. Plan and Implement Culturally-sensitive Treatment. Recognize and Resolve Treatment-interfering Factors. Monitor Progress and Modify Treatment Accordingly. Evaluate Progress and Prepare Clients for Termination. Utilize Supervision Effectively to Develop and Evaluate Competencies.