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Effective Psychotherapists: Learning & Practicing Skills to Improve Client Outcomes

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“When you practice that external skill, it actually creates a different experience inside of you. So one of the ways I think you can become more empathic as a therapist is to practice reflective listening, because doing that will actually expand that inner curiosity that you have.”

Theresa Moyers, PhD

We have known for quite some time that the most important factor in successful therapy outcomes is the person who delivers the treatment. Who are these clinicians? What do they do, and how do they do it? Are they born this way?

Our guest today is Theresa Moyers, PhD, a practitioner, researcher, author and leading scholar in the motivational interviewing approach. Her work focuses on what effective psychotherapists bring to the table to help clients achieve successful treatment outcomes.

Moyers will outline the most important evidence-based characteristics, qualities and skills that clinicians possess and implement to promote change in clients. She will talk about how these skills help, how practitioners can develop these skills, the importance of relationships in therapy, and empirically supported ways we can train therapists to be more effective.

Interested in clinical work? We have a practical and empowering discussion for you.

Theresa Moyers, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico, where she specializes in the treatment of addictive behaviors. Her research focuses on disseminating evidence-based treatments, including motivational interviewing (MI) in the addictions field, as well as identifying active ingredients in MI. Moyers has published more than 30 peer-reviewed publications related to MI and has presented at conferences and workshops in 42 states and 16 countries. Most recently, Moyers co-authored “Effective Psychotherapists: Clinical Skills that Improve Client Outcomes.”

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Cite this podcast – Sobota, P. (Host). (2024, Jan 23). Effective Psychotherapists: Learning & Practicing Skills to Improve Client Outcomes (No. 324)[Audio podcast episode]. In inSocialWork. University at Buffalo School of Social Work.

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