Existential-Humanistic NorthWest

The Human Core of Effective Psychotherapy: A Nonmedical Model of Emotional Healing to Increase 
Therapeutic Effectiveness
Presented by: David N. Elkins PhD

Workshop Summary

Dr. Elkins' workshop will utilize a variety of learning modalities including formal presentation, discussion, demonstration, and interactive activities.  Dr. Elkins wants his workshop to have a feeling tone that's personal and informal -- while also being professional and scholarly.

Convergent evidence from numerous disciplines shows that human beings evolved with the ability to give and receive emotional healing through social means and that psychotherapy is an expression of this evolutionarily derived ability. Aligning with this evidence, Dr Elkins will examine how the human elements of psychotherapy -- which include client factors, therapist factors, and relationship factors, provide the actual means of emotional healing. Dr. Elkins will address the implications of this evidence for clinical research, training, and practice. Building on this information, the workshop content will focus on how to apply this information in psychotherapy to increase your effectiveness. The workshop will be divided into two major parts: A presentation on the evidence for a "nonmedical model of emotional healing" and informal discussion and interaction focused on how to apply the model in psychotherapy to increase effectiveness. 

Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe the traditional medical model of psychotherapy and its limitations. 
  •  Summarize the scientific foundations of the nonmedical model of emotional healing. 
  • Explain the role of modalities and techniques in the nonmedical model of emotional healing. 
  •  Name at least two implications of the nonmedical model for each of the following: research, training, and practice. 
  •  Describe at least five ways the nonmedical  model can be applied to increase effectiveness in psychotherapy.


Recommended Readings:

Elkins, D. N.  (2015).  The Human Elements of Psychotherapy:  A Nonmedical Model of Emotional Healing. Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.  (Available from APA Books and amazon.com  Kindle edition also available from amazon.com)

Elkins, D. N. (2009).  Humanistic Psychology:  A clinical Manifesto:  A Critique of Clinical Psychology and the Need for Progressive Alternatives.  University of the Rockies Press.  (Available from amazon.com and other online book sellers)

Duncan, B. L. (2014).  On Becoming a Better Therapist:  Evidence Based Practice One Client at a Time (2nd. ed.).  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.

Duncan, B. L., Miller, S. D., Wampold, B. E., & Hubble, M. A. (Eds.).  The Heart and Soul of Change:  Delivering What Works in Therapy (2nd. ed.). Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association..



Workshop Outline

I. Presentation:  The Revolution in Psychotherapy 

A.   The Old Paradigm:  The Medical Model With its Emphasis on Modalities   and Techniques as the Instruments of Change.

B.  The New Paradigm:  The Nonmedical Model With its Emphasis on the Human Elements as the Instruments of Change.

C.  Implications of the Nonmedical Model for Research, Training, and Practice.

II. Applications: How the Nonmedical Model Can Increase Therapeutic Effectiveness

A.  Client Factors                  

1.  Definition and description:  What are "client factors"? 

2.  Ways to support, activate, and enhance client factors to increase therapeutic effectiveness.

B.  therapist Factors

1.  Definition and description

2. Conceptualizations of "therapist" 

3. Qualities of effective therapists  

4.  Ways to become a better therapist          

 C.  Relationship Factors 

1.  Definition and description 

2.  The power of human connection and social interaction  

3.  Ways to build, maintain, and enhance the therapy relationship