Evidence-Based Relationship Factors in Supervision and Practice

Today I’ll be online providing a 2-hour workshop titled “Evidence-Based Relationship Factors in Supervision and Practice” on behalf of the Cognitive Behavioral Institute and Geneva College. This workshop content is related to the excellent work of John Norcross, Michael Lambert, and other prominent professionals who have advocated (and researched!) the scientific truth that RELATIONSHIPS are powerful influencers of positive treatment outcomes in counseling and psychotherapy. This topic is also the focus of a forthcoming book authored by a former doc student of mine, Kimberly Parrow (more on her excellent work in a future blog).

For now, I’m posting the ppts for today’s online workshop here:

And here’s the workshop description: Counselors and psychotherapists have a long and storied history of arguing with one another over what makes therapy effective. Some say: We should teach and supervise our students to use empirically-supported treatments (i.e., procedures, as in medicine). Others say: We should teach and supervise our students to establish therapeutic relationships. Although it’s clear that specific treatments and therapeutic relationships both contribute to outcomes, when supervisors and practitioners think of empirically-supported approaches, they tend to think of manualized treatments or procedures. However, in recent years, specific relationship factors have been identified and linked to positive counseling and psychotherapy outcomes (Norcross & Lambert, 2018). These factors include: cultural humility, congruence, unconditional positive regard, empathic understanding, emotional bonds, mutual goal-setting, and more. In this workshop, participants will learn to identify, describe, and apply evidence-based relationship factors in supervision and practice. Video-clips, live demonstrations, and reflective opportunities will be used to facilitate learning.

I hope you have an excellent day and weekend wherein you are enacting as many evidence-based relationship factors as you can fit into your life!


John S-F

4 thoughts on “Evidence-Based Relationship Factors in Supervision and Practice”

    1. Hi Shon,

      I will check with the CE company re: whether we have a recording. At this point, I don’t have another training like this one scheduled. I do think it’s good content (even if I do say so myself:). If there’s no recording, I might make one.

      Thanks for checking and I hope life is great for you!


      1. Hey John,

        Thanks for the follow-up. Life is good, waiting for the semester to end next week.

        Hope you are well.

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