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How to Fail As a Therapist: 50 Ways to Lose Or Damage Your Patients

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This book for practicing clinicians and clinicians-in-training details fifty most common errors therapists make, and how to avoid them. Therapists will learn to avoid such failures as not recognizing one’s limitations, performing incomplete assessments, ignoring science, injuring the client relationship, setting improper boundaries, terminating inappropriately, therapist burnout, and more.

This course is based on the book, How to Fail As a Therapist: 50 Ways to Lose Or Damage Your Patients created by Bernard Schwartz, Ph.D. and John V. Flowers, Ph.D.

Publication Date:

First Edition, Publication 2006

Course Material Authors

Bernard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Dr. Schwartz has written a number of books. As a supervisor of doctoral students, it became clear to him that there was no single book which briefly yet comprehensively described the major clinical errors that lead to poor therapeutic outcomes. Hence the impetus for this book.

John V. Flowers, Ph.D.

Dr. Flowers is a professor of psychology at Chapman University and a clinical psychologist in private practice. His research has focused on psychotherapy process and outcome, and more recently psychotherapy in the cinema. As a clinical supervisor for over twenty years, he has observed first hand most of the errors he has written about in his book.

Course Creator

Dan Rebek, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and psychiatric nurses who seek knowledge about errors therapists make in the psychotherapy process. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss therapeutic errors made during the treatment process.

  2. Discuss clinical errors that cause many clients to feel “uncared for.”

  3. Discuss boundary errors.

  4. Discuss errors made in clinical practice when evaluation “stage-of-change” is overlooked.

  5. Discuss errors on not taking care of oneself.

  6. Identify various factors that lead to therapist errors of not relying on scientifically researched treatment protocols.

  7. Discuss errors made in failing to examine client’s therapy expectations.

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

4 CE credit hours

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American Psychological Association (APA)

4 CE credit hours

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Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

4 CE credit hours

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

4 CPD hours

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First edition, published 2006.

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Course Number 100914
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