Jacqueline Persons PhD
Handling Treatment Failure Successfully
Dr Persons is Director of the Oakland Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center in Oakland, California.
Clinical Professor - University of California Berkeley.
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Handling Treatment Failure Successfully
Treatment failure is common. All clinicians, even the most skilled, encounter it. Dr. Persons will offer strategies that can help therapists prevent treatment failure, identify it early, work collaboratively with the patient to overcome failure, and accept treatment failure and handle it in a professional manner when efforts to overcome it fail.
To help therapists identify treatment failure early, Dr. Persons will present case examples that illustrate the importance of collecting data to monitor the patient’s progress and review it with the patient at every session. She will teach skills for conducting a collaborative discussion with the patient about lack of progress, and for systematically developing hypotheses about the lack of progress. These hypotheses—and the collaborative process of developing them--can lead to interventions that turn a failing therapy into a successful one. Dr. Persons presents many case examples of her own failures, some of which she overcame, video role play demonstrations, and will lead participants in practice exercises. She asks participants to bring at least one example of a patient who is not making progress in therapy to work on during the workshop. She will walk you through a structured exercise to help you develop hypotheses about the causes of the treatment failure that can help you devise strategies to overcome it.
Professor Jacqueline Persons
Dr Persons might be known to many of you because of her ground breaking book 'Case Formulation'. She is also a prolific researcher who combines her academic interests with a busy clinical role. She specialises in treating depression and anxiety in adults, and in providing training and consultation to professionals. Jackie was a pioneer of integrating research with clinical practice and has had a major influence on national and international clinical practice.
Dr. Persons obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, and has worked in a private practice setting providing CBT, training and consultation to professionals, and research, for more than 35 years. She is also Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Persons is a clinician, teacher, consultant and supervisor, researcher, and writer. She has an international reputation in the field, and is often invited to speak at conferences and to do trainings locally, in the USA, and around the world.
Dr. Persons has made two distinctive contributions to the field. One is her work on the topic of case formulation in cognitive behaviour therapy – that is, the process of developing a hypothesis about the factors that cause and maintain a person’s problems that the clinician can use to guide intervention.
Second, she is an outstanding model of the clinician who makes research contributions while working in a clinical setting. A 30-minute video clip produced by the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, in which Dr. Persons describes how she developed a career in which she conducts research in a clinical setting, is posted here.
Dr. Persons was elected president of the Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies in 2002, and of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology in 1999. She is also Distinguished Founding Fellow, Certified Cognitive Therapist, and Certified Trainer/Consultant of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy; recipient of the Outstanding Clinician award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in 2008; and recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Applied Research and Practice in Psychology award from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology in 1996. She has authored 3 books, 6 DVDs, and more than 70 articles and chapters.