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Improving Therapeutic Outcomes with Personality Assessment - Dr. Larry Beutler



Please note that Continuing Education Credit is not offered for viewing this webcast. This webcast was recorded on Dec. 14, 2017

In the past 3 decades, there has been a renewed interest in the role of personality differences as predictors of psychotherapy change. The effort to find specific treatments for specific disorders, has largely failed. There are few evidence-based treatments that are disorder specific and global qualities of treatment rather than specific ones account for most of therapeutic change. Robust moderating effects have been found for several personality variables and account for enough change as to serve as reliable indicators for adjusting one's therapeutic stance within as well as across interventions. Two of these moderators of change will be discussed with special reference to selection of measures and the selections of treatment for different patients. This webinar is particularly suited to graduate students who are developing their psychotherapy competencies and others interested in learning ways to improve therapeutic outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

Introduce personality constructs that mediate and moderate the effects of treatment.

Demonstrate ways to assess and use these constructs in treatment to optimize gains/improve.


Dr. Larry Beutler

Dr. Larry Beutler received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and subsequently served on the faculties of Duke University Medical Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the Past Director of the National Center for the Psychology of Terrorism and the continuing Director of the Institute for the Study of Equine Assisted Change at Palo Alto University (PAU). He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology a previous Chair of the Faculty, and Director of Clinical Training at Palo Alto University. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of California, a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), a fellow of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and Association of Psychological Science (APS), a Past President of Divisions 29 (Psychotherapy) and 12 (Clinical) of APA, and a two term Past President (international) of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). Among his citations and achievements, he is a recipient of the Distinguished Career award from SPR, and a Presidential citation for achievement from the APA. He has also been honored for his contributions by the States of Arizona and California. He has published over 40 scholarly articles and chapters and is the author or co-author of 26 books on psychotherapy, assessment, and psychopathology.

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