Counselling and psychotherapy: Evidence and future directions

Counselling and psychotherapy: Evidence and future directions

Lawrie Moloney and Stephen Andrew

This webinar focused on the evidence for the effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy, and the factors that contribute to its success.

Counselling and psychotherapy

This webinar was held on 9 March 2016.

A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page.

Access the accompanying CFCA Paper: Defining and delivering effective counselling and psychotherapy

This webinar focussed on the evidence for the efficacy/effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy, the factors that contribute to its success, and the importance of incorporating client feedback into practice.

We suggest that to achieve consistently effective results, we must move away from medically grounded models of practice. Rather than promoting standardised interventions for formally diagnosed conditions (all of which are equally effective), the evidence points to the need to pay close attention to how counsellor/therapist expertise is developed and maintained. We review research suggesting that effectiveness is closely linked to persistent, highly engaged, deliberate practice, informed by a willingness to seek, document and respond empathically to client feedback. We conclude by considering the advantages and challenges associated with feedback-informed approaches to the art, craft and science of counselling and psychotherapy.

About the presenters

Lawrie Moloney

Professor Lawrie Moloney is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at La Trobe University. He is a registered psychologist, family mediator and family therapist. Having served as a Director of family court counselling in the early years of the Family Court of Australia, Lawrie then spent 24 years in the university sector, mainly teaching counselling and counselling psychology. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Family Studies and has authored more than 200 publications, many related to children, parenting and divorce.

Stephen Andrew

Dr Stephen Andrew is a psychologist who has spent over 20 years training psychotherapists, working in private practice and counselling in the Gambler’s Help network. He is deeply curious about the role the therapeutic alliance plays in client outcomes, and recently completed his Doctor of Clinical Science at La Trobe University. Stephen’s forthcoming book is titled Searching for an Autoethnographic Ethic.

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