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On becoming a better therapist

Abstract

Most therapists aspire to become better at what they do. However, research has shown that personal therapy has nothing to do with outcome; there are no therapeutic approaches, strategies or interventions shown to be better than any other; professional training and discipline do not matter much to outcome; there is no evidence to show that continuing professional education will improve effectiveness; and, although it defies common sense, experience does not improve outcomes either. So what does ‘professional development ’ mean and how do we accomplish it? In this edited extract from his recent book, On Becoming a Better Therapist, BARRY DUNCAN explores how we can remember our original aspirations, continue to develop as therapists, and achieve better results more often with a wider variety of clients. A s unsophisticated as it sounds, most of us got into this business because we wanted to help people, and most of us carry an inextinguishable passion to become better at what we do. Despite our good intentions, unfruitful encounters with clients, combined with the confusing cacophony of ‘latest ’ developments, can weigh on us and steer us into ruts, making us forget why we became therapists in the first place. How can we remember our original aspirations, continue to develop as therapists, and achieve better results more often with a wider variety of clients? Call me cynical, but the field is not really sure what professional development means or how we can accomplish it. We are often told that to develop ourselves as psychotherapists requires us to become more self-aware through personal therapy. This makes a lot of intuitive sense and to gain an appreciation of what it is like to sit in the client’s chair seems invaluable. But a look at probably the best source, The Psychotherapist’s Own Psychotherap

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