Mastering the Clinical Conversation (English)


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Mastering the clinical conversation: Language as intervention


Matthieu Villatte

As we can see in the book he has co-authored, nowadays, Matthieu Villatte is the most outstanding author in a subject as transcendental as Clinical Conversation. Ítaca Formación brings you ten hours of online learning with simultaneous translation into Spanish.

In 2016 Matthieu Villatte wrote, along with J. Villatte and S. Hayes, of an essential book: “Mastering the Clinical Conversation”, which helps us get out of doubt when we get stuck at some point during the therapy session. The reason for this is simple: it is a simple and elegant manual that first performs an analysis of the verbal question in the development of psychotherapy (independent on the trend you follow) to focus later on proposing practical and specific linguistic actions.

Mastering the Clinical Conversation

A new approach

Clinicians who care about delivering interventions based on empirical evidence struggle to keep pace with the proliferation of evidence-based psychotherapy models. For this reason, interest in universal psychological treatment processes is at an all-time high. Yet the element shared by virtually all psychotherapies–language–has largely been ignored.  In this workshop, we explore an evidence-based approach to using language intentionally and experientially to produce therapeutic effects, independent of specific treatment packages or modalities. Grounded in relational frame theory (RFT) and contextual behavioral science (CBS), this training provides an integrative framework and practical strategies for harnessing the power of language to free clients from psychological suffering and promote meaningful flourishing.

Language and intervention: the solution?

Exploring the role of language processes in the development and maintenance of psychological problems, this training will address a core question: How can therapists alleviate the suffering caused by language and cognition through the use of language and cognition? We will propose innovative ways to enhance assessment and intervention using specific kinds of clinical conversations. We will demonstrate techniques for shaping behavior change and fostering meaning and motivation, using powerful experiential metaphors and perspective taking shifts. The training will include didactics, demonstrations, and skills development through role plays focused on:

  • Experiential work without reliance on protocols and standard exercises, in natural conversations with clients.
  • Shaping your client’s ability to be in touch with and observe their own experiences, and to draw conclusions adapted to their personal life choices (e.g., how to evoke observation rather than using didactic psycho-education).
  • Using experiential metaphors and perspective taking shifts to develop clients’ awareness.
  • Developing life purpose and motivation through meaningful conversations grounded in behavioral principles.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe and implement the components of the contextual behavioral therapeutic process.
  2. Demonstrate techniques connecting the therapeutic process to the client’s life.
  3. Describe the components of the experiential work on awareness.
  4. Implement the process and techniques of helping clients observe and describe psychological experiences.
  5. Implement process and techniques of helping clients track functional relationships among experiences.
  6. Describe the main processes involved in perspective taking in experiential work.
  7. Implement perspective taking techniques increasing the client’s awareness.
  8. Describe the main processes involved in experiential metaphors.
  9. Demonstrate techniques to co-develop experiential metaphors with the client.
  10. Describe language processes involved in meaning and motivation.
  11. Demonstrate techniques to build meaning and motivation through natural conversations.
  12. Implement various experiential techniques through natural conversations.

Matthieu Villatte

Matthieu Villatte gol has doctórate in psychology in France, where he became a clinical psychologist. He moved to the United States in 2010 to further investigate at the University of Nevada, Reno, under the tutorship of Steven Hayes, PhD . Then, he worked as a professor assistant in clinical psychology at the University of Louisiana and at the Evidence-Based Practice Institute of Seattle for a couple years. He joined University of Bastyr as a professor assistant in 2018.

He is author to many books and chapters about attention, acceptation and experiential therapy, among others as the first French manual on acceptation therapy and compromise. Matthieu Villatte is also a capacitor reviewed by experts in acceptation therapy and compromise recognized by ACBS. He has participated in over a hundred clinical trainings in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Europe.

Matthieu Villatte

Matthieu Villatte is a co-author in the book Mastering the Clinical Conversation 

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Modalidad Online

You will have access to the Virtual Campus to work on your course during 60 days. You will gin access no later than 48 hours after having purchased the course.

After finishing the course you may receive a certificate signed by ÍTACA FORMACIÓN, as proof of assistance. For that, it is necessary to compliment the satisfaction questionnaire. You may download this certificate during two days in your private section “Mis certificados.”

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