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Unfinished Business: Owning Our Therapeutic Process as Helper

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1.5 CE Hour
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Description

Have you ever given a client/patient feedback and think to yourself, “Wow, that was pretty profound! Maybe I should take my own advice.” We all have. Certainly we are not perfect humans yet many of our clients think we are. But what happens when we aren’t well? The therapeutic relationship forms the foundation of effective psychotherapy, and the therapist’s use of self plays a crucial role in facilitating positive therapeutic outcomes.

 

As mental health professionals, it is ethically and critically important we examine our use of self, encompassing genuine engagement, empathy, and ability to establish a safe and trusting environment. As therapists we must recognize and manage our own biases, countertransference, and personal reactions to ensure that our responses align with the client’s needs, rather than being driven by our own unresolved issues. By embracing vulnerability and sharing appropriate aspects of our own lived experiences, therapists can validate and normalize our clients’ emotions, fostering a sense of connection and reducing feelings of isolation.

 

This workshop will use lecture, discussion, and experiential and didactic exercises to explore the significance of the therapist’s authentic presence and self-awareness, emphasizing their impact on the therapeutic alliance and the client’s overall well-being by owning their own process of healing. We will highlight the importance of therapists prioritizing their mental well-being to enhance their ability to provide competent and compassionate care.

 

In addition, our work in the larger group will delve into the impact of the therapist’s mental well-being on the therapeutic process. I intend to highlight the necessity for therapists to prioritize self-care, seek supervision, and engage in ongoing personal growth to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue. By taking responsibility for our own mental health, therapists can cultivate resilience, maintain professional boundaries, and sustain a high level of clinical competence.

 

Emphasis will be placed on the recognition that the therapist’s use of self in the therapeutic relationship is a dynamic and multifaceted process that significantly influences therapeutic outcomes. By harnessing their authenticity, self-awareness, and self-care practices, therapists can establish strong therapeutic alliances and enhance their clients’ overall well-being.

 

Finally, this workshop will push for continued exploration and integration of these essential aspects into therapeutic training and practice, recognizing their potential to positively transform the field of psychotherapy.

Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Substance Use Disorder Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Educational Goal

The educational goal of this course is for therapists/helpers to recognize and embrace the truth that they are not perfect beings.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and explain three key roles that unfinished business plays in therapy and the therapeutic process.

  • Explain the importance of self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-care for the helper/therapist.

  • List and explain four or more ethical considerations relevant to helping professionals (e.g., confidentiality, informed consent, boundaries, competence).

  • Identify 3 or more strategies for creating a safe and supportive environment for clients.

  • Share 2 strategies for ongoing professional development and supervision to support personal growth as a helper.

References
  • Aponte, H.J. The Soul of Therapy: The Therapist’s Use of Self in the Therapeutic Relationship. Contemp Fam Ther 44, 136–143 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10591-021-09614-5

  • Aponte, H. J., & Kissil, K. (Eds.). (2016). The Person of the Therapist Training Model: Mastering the use of self. Jordan, J. V. (2018). Relational-Cultural Therapy (2nd ed.).

  • American Psychological Association. Lakioti, A., Stalikas, A., & Pezirkianidis, C. (2020). The role of personal, professional, and psychological factors in therapists’ resilience. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 51(6), 560–570. https://doi.org/10.1037/pro0000306 Kottler J. A. (2022). On being a therapist (Sixth). Oxford University Press.

  • Posluns, K., Gall, T.L. Dear Mental Health Practitioners, Take Care of Yourselves: a Literature Review on Self-Care. Int J Adv Counselling 42, 1–20 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10447-019-09382-w

  • Shelton, K., King Lyn, M., & Endale, M. (Eds). (2022). A Handbook on Counseling African American Women: Psychological Symsptoms, Treatments, and Case Studies. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

  • Yang, Y., & Hayes, J. A. (2020). Causes and consequences of burnout among mental health professionals: A practice-oriented review of recent empirical literature. Psychotherapy, 57(3), 426–436. https://doi.org/10.1037/pst0000317

General
Counselors

TPN.health has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7267. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. TPN.health is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

 

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LPCCs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

 

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0220.

Substance Use Disorder Professionals

This course has been approved by TPN.health, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #198061, TPN.health is responsible for all aspects of the programming. Counselor Skill Group: Legal, Ethical and Professional Development.

Social Workers

TPN.health, #1766, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/31/2022 – 03/31/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credits.

 

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

 

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0654.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

 

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0097.

CE Policy
This course is fiscally sponsored by MHM365. There may be potential biases or conflicts of interest inherent to this relationship, and it must be disclosed to participants. These conflicts of interest have no bearing on the course content and have been resolved.
Angela R Clack, PsyD, LPC, ACS

Dr. Angela R. Clack brings a wealth of experience and expertise as a licensed psychotherapist and workshop leader. As the founder of Clack Associates, LLC, a group counseling private practice in New Jersey, she holds certification as a Woman and Minority Owned business. Dr. Clack has dedicated her career to serving underserved and marginalized communities, particularly focusing on addressing mental health disparities influenced by social determinants. With a strong commitment to education and training, she is recognized for her ability to teach, supervise, consult, and provide training in various areas related to adolescent, adult, and juvenile mental health care, as well as addressing race-based and workplace trauma. Dr. Clack’s impactful contributions include reducing stigma around mental health treatment for people of color and fostering culturally competent clinicians through her supervision of pre-licensed individuals. She specializes in treating Black and brown women experiencing acute and chronic trauma, depression, and anxiety. Additionally, Dr. Clack serves as a speaker, author, influencer, and thought leader in mental health and well-being. Recently, she has taken on the role of mental health content creator for a community college, aiming to engage students and faculty in supporting and educating about mental and emotional well-being.

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