Safe & Effective Use of Self in Psychotherapy (Sep. 24-25 & Dec. 3-4, 2016)

Sep 1, 2016News

30 Hours of Graduate-Level Professional Training

This course fulfils the requirement for evidence of competency in the safe and effective use of self in the psychotherapeutic relationship for the grand-parenting option for registration of Registered Psychotherapists and other licensing bodies.

Registration closed.

Instructors Lilian C. J. Wong, PhD & Paul T. P. Wong, PhD
Session 1 Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25, 2016
Session 2 Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4, 2016
Time 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location Multi-Faith Centre/Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto)


Multi-Faith Centre/Koffler House

The therapeutic relationship and the therapist’s effective use of self are clinically-demonstrated prerequisites to successful therapeutic outcomes. This four-day intensive course will offer insights and practical skills that are an essential part of your professional training as a therapist.

This workshop provides the nuts-and-bolts of how to use therapeutic presence safely, effectively and ethically. You will learn about appropriate use of self-disclosure, transference, and how to manage countertransference to facilitate the healing and well-being of the client. You will also gain valuable clinical skills, such as practicing unconditional acceptance, listening with authentic empathy as well as knowing how to avoid projecting your own issues onto your client.

In addition, you will learn to assess key areas of personal development, examine your own assumptions and biases, and resolve personal issues that may undermine therapeutic effectiveness.

This 4-day graduate-level course integrates personal and professional development and covers the effective use of self from the perspectives of psychoanalysis, humanistic-existential psychology, and cross-cultural psychology. It will give you the empirical evidence on the impact of therapeutic presence on therapeutic outcomes.

This course will be delivered in lectures, demonstrations, role-playing, case studies, and roundtable discussions. There will be reading and writing assignments required for successful completion of the course.

You will learn…

  • To recognize how a therapist’s subjective context impacts the therapeutic process
  • How to protect clients from the imposition of the therapist’s personal issues
  • How to use self-disclosure appropriately
  • How to use ethnic-cultural identity in cross-cultural counselling effectively
  • Skills for effective and congruent verbal and non-verbal communication
  • To be aware of the impact of the power dynamics within the therapeutic relationship
  • The empirical and theoretical basis for the importance of the personal qualities of the therapist