April 26, 2018 through April 28, 2018
3:00 PM-5:00 PM
The International Conference on Person of the Therapist is the first major professional meeting of its kind to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the United States Constitution and the world famous “Rocky” steps. The emphasis on the person of the therapist comes at a time when evidence-based treatments are elevated as best practice. At the same time, the world is divided strongly along the lines of race, religion, sexual orientation, class and gender, begging the question of how do we deal with the sameness of humankind yet the difference of experience and context. Person of the therapist refers to the embodiment of therapists as the instrument of change. Therapy is conducted through the therapeutic relationship, which requires a personal connection between the therapist and the client. The therapeutic process, regardless of modality, technique, and/or strategy, is dependent upon the human connection formed between the therapist and client—the therapeutic alliance. Person of the therapist training aims to prepare therapists to make proactive and intentional use of the self in clinical practice and supervision.