Monitoring Progress in Psychotherapy
Presenter: Jacqueline Persons, PhD is Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center, a group private practice in Oakland, California, where she provides psychotherapy to adults who have mood and anxiety disorders, trains clinicians in CBT, and conducts research. She is also Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Persons has published more than 60 articles and chapters, and has authored or co-authored three books. Her first book, Cognitive Therapy in Practice: A Case Formulation Approach, is widely considered a classic in the field. She is a highly-regarded trainer, and has presented dozens of training workshops in her local community, all over the United States, and around the world. She is past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Persons was named Outstanding Clinician by the ABCT in 2008. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. Overview: Progress monitoring was identified as an element of evidence-based practice in psychology by the 2006 APA Presidential Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice. In addition, progress monitoring itself is evidence-based, and has been shown in many studies to lead to better outcome of psychotherapy. Objectives: (1) Identify reasons for monitoring progress of psychotherapy in writing or online; (2) Acquire strategies that will make it easier for me to do progress monitoring with my clients; (3) Identify and gain access to measures useful for monitoring the outcome of outpatient psychotherapy.