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Seven Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist

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Presentation for the 2015 Annual Fall Conference in Ashland, by Nancy L. Morgan, MS, PhD.

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Seven Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist

  1. 1. The 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist ORCA Conference Ashland, OR October 24, 2015 Nancy L. Morgan, MS, PhD
  2. 2. The 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist Nancy L. Morgan, MS, PhD Licensed Professional Counselor (Oregon) #LPC 3518 Clinical Psychologist (California) #PSY 23397 Distance Credentialed Counselor #1581 Clinical Supervisor: Master’s & Doctoral Psychology Interns, Skills Trainers & Case Managers Director of Behavioral Health: InnVision Shelter Network Clinical Practicum and Internship Site Private Practice: Palo Alto/Mountain View, CA
  3. 3. The 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist  Goal of Presentation: To provide you with feedback from clients about what they most desire in a therapist.
  4. 4. The 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist Learning Outcomes: 1. Gain a Better Understanding of the Components of Therapeutic Efficacy 2. Identify the Qualities that Encourage the Early Development of a Therapeutic Alliance 3. Discover a Deeper Understanding of the Needs that We all Share in Common
  5. 5. The 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist Q: How do therapists learn how to be therapists? 1. The Manual 2. Their clinical supervisors 3. Their own therapists 4. Online tests
  6. 6. The 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist  Keep in mind this question: What is the Greatest Gift you can give your clients?
  7. 7. Top 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist  The Story of “L”: Behavioral Health and Training Center doctoral intern. Role: Group facilitator  General Processing Groups  Clients: Adults diagnosed with Axis I and Axis II disorders attending Partial Hospitalization Program’s morning and afternoon groups  Incentives to maintain attendance?  Average age?  Psychological challenges?
  8. 8. Top 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist Mistake #1 Too much talking/ not enough listening
  9. 9. Top 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist Mistake #2 Impatience
  10. 10. The 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist Mistake #3 “L” took it personally
  11. 11. Top 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist What To Do?
  12. 12. Top 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist Results: 1._________________________ 2._________________________ 3._________________________ 4._________________________ 5._________________________ 6._________________________ 7._________________________
  13. 13. Top 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist  Utilize to monitor your own growth and development, e.g., asking “How much am I listening right now?”  Invite clients to rate your incorporation of the 7 Qualities over the course of therapy.  Additional ways to utilize 7 Qualities: Replace “Therapist” with alternate title (Supervisor, Skills Trainer, Case Manager…)
  14. 14. The 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist e.g., Jackson County Clinical Supervisor - 2010 QMHAs’ Results 1. Impartial 2. Receptive 3. Empathetic 4. Accessible 5. Respectful 6. Competent 7. Listens
  15. 15. The 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist Create Assessments  Utilize for yearly review to assess your incorporation of the 7 Qualities, and  To further explore staff members’ experiences.
  16. 16. Comparison of Top 7 Qualities Descriptors 2010 Completed by SRTF Residents Completed by SRTF QMHA’s Top 7 Qualities Residents Desired in a Skills Trainer Top 7 qualities Sills Trainers (QMHA’S) desired in a Clinical Supervisor Honest Impartial Trustworthy Receptive Respectful Empathetic Sincere Accessible Friendly Respectful Good Communicator Competent Caring Listens
  17. 17. Top 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Supervisor 2015 Completed by Doctoral & Masters Level Practicum Students InnVision Shelter Network’s Behavioral Health & Training Program Results 1. Competent 2. Compassionate 3. Encouraging; Direct; Accessible 4. Dependable 5. Open-minded; Listens 6. Helpful; Creative; Ethical 7. Responsive
  18. 18. Top 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist Diagnoses: A word about The DSM 5
  19. 19. Things to Remember  • You will make mistakes.  • You cannot help everyone.  • You will not know everything.  • You cannot go it alone.  • Humility and a sense of humor will brighten your most challenging days.
  20. 20. Top 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist Question: What is the Greatest Gift you can give your clients?
  21. 21. Top 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist 1. Explored feedback re: components of therapeutic efficacy 2. Explored the qualities that encourage the early development of a therapeutic alliance 3. Explored some of the needs that we all share in common
  22. 22. The 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist
  23. 23. Top 7 Qualities Most Desired in a Therapist  Contact Information: Nancy L. Morgan, MS, PhD www.drnlmorgan.com (650)437-9276 To subscribe to Life with Barphy… barphy@barphy.com
  24. 24. Addendum: 7 Qualities IVSN Homeless Adult Clients 1. Competent 2. Open-minded 3. Accessible 4. Listens 5. Compassionate 6. Helpful 7. Sincere N = 16

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