Suitable for trainee and qualified Health Psychologists, wishing to develop their applied health psychology research/practice with individual clients.
What will be covered by the course?
Three main areas;
1. Personal and Interpersonal Issues in Health Psychology Therapeutic Practice:
Working as a Health Psychologist with individual clients: What do you need to know?
Differentiating therapeutic practice from research practice: How are they different? Accountability, roles, intervention delivery, outcomes measurement
Therapeutic roles: personal versus professional schemas and their impact on practice
Developing & maintaining the HP-client therapeutic alliance (TA):
How to develop a therapeutic alliance between health psychologist & patient/client? What are the components of a positive relationship and the professional boundaries of the TA? The client as expert in their health problem, therapist as expert in interventions and guiding therapy.
Professional behaviours and Interpersonal communication skills required for Health Psychology therapeutic practice: e.g. interpersonal perceptual and relational skills, therapist attitude and interpersonal knowledge.
2. Applying Technical Therapeutic Skills in Health Psychology Practice:
What foundation therapeutic skills do I need to help a client with physical health problems?
How do I ensure that I am client centred in my approach rather than ‘expert’ focused –ensuring I am not just gathering information on health outcomes but facilitating better health outcomes.
Applying technical therapeutic skills in practice:
How to change health related cognitions & behaviour within individual therapeutic practice? Using key technical skills such as:
Technical therapeutic skills applied to Health Psychology contexts and case studies
3. Building your confidence and skills in therapeutic practice
Pre and post course self-assessment of skills and knowledge in individual client HP practice
Goals to achieve in your everyday practice following the course
First actions and challenges to implementing your goals
Review and development process for maintaining skills
Followed by course evaluation and feedback
How will this course help me?
We aim for attendees to gain a comprehensive understanding of the personal, professional and interpersonal skills required to deliver HP therapeutic practice (and/or applied intervention research) with individuals. Specifically to be able;
To describe the basic clinical framework for working in therapeutic practice with individual Health Psychology patients/clients.
To be self-aware of personal factors and schema that can impact upon therapy outcomes.
To identify the range of communication skills required for effective practice with individual patients/clients and their purpose within the therapeutic process.
To understand the key technical therapeutic skills (e.g. Socratic questioning and guided discovery, collaboration, negotiation) required to develop and maintain the health psychologist-patient/client therapeutic alliance and its impact on clinical outcomes.
To identify key changes in therapeutic working style that can be implemented within their current role.
We have included some additional Information which hopefully will be helpful to read before you arrive, and to prepare for attending the course.