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Meet Professor Heidi Levitt, expert on therapeutic relationships

  Clinical psychologist Heidi Levitt discusses what’s helpful in relationships JR:  What would say are 2 or 3 core features that need to be present in all helping relationships HL: Empathy, Congruence/Genuineness, Mutual understanding of (and agreement with) what is ‘helping’ in that relationship JR: You observed that the therapist acted as a surrogate for others’ […]

Should an adolescent receive individual or family therapy? It may depend on the level of their parents’ psychological distress

By Karla Rodriguez and Mei Yi Ng, Society for Research on Adolescence Does a parent’s mental health affect how well an adolescent responds to psychological interventions? Parents play an important role in their adolescents’ lives. When parents are suffering from their own mental health issues, their children suffer as well. For example, when parents experience […]

Transference: A rarely acknowledged dimension of youth mentoring relationships - Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Therapists’ personal lives affect their helping relationships: Implications for mentoring

summarized by UMB doctoral student in clinical psychology Laura Yoviene Nissen-Lie, H., Havik, O., Hoglend, P., Monsen, J., & Ronnestad, M. (2017). The contribution of the quality of therapists’ personal lives to the development of the working alliance. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60 (4), 483-495. Problem: Much research has pointed to the individual therapist as […]

New study shows strong effects of trained paraprofessionals

Orphans and other vulnerable children in developing countries respond dramatically well to talk therapy, even when the therapists have little formal training. The findings suggest that young people from poor nations—including some who experience trauma such as sexual or domestic abuse—can benefit from mental health treatment although health professionals are not available to provide it. […]

From therapy to mentoring: Study provides useful recommendations for reducing premature terminations

Swift, Joshua K.; Greenberg, Roger P.; Whipple, Jason L.; Kominiak, Nina (2012). Practice recommendations for reducing premature termination in therapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 43(4),  379-387. Abstract (from article) “Premature termination from therapy is a significant problem frequently encountered by practicing clinicians of all types. In fact, a recent meta-analytic review (J. K. Swift & […]