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When our clients present for therapy, they are likely yearning for a “fix” – some relief from the torment of their psychological distress. For some clients, shooting straight into behavior and thought change brings unexpected failure or discouragement. Why? Because those deeper “stuck points” remain and unhealthy patterns repeat.

This training will focus on utilizing insight-based therapies with adult clients in counseling.  Over the last 30 years, the field of counseling has tended to preference action-oriented, structured theories such as CBT, ACT, DBT, Solution Focused and others.  These theories work well for some clients’ presenting issues but not as well with others.  Insight theories such as:  Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Existential, Narrative, Emotional Focused, and the Interpersonal Process Approach allow for counseling work to explore clients’ emotional issues in greater depth and converge well with action-oriented, structured theories (e.g. CBT). This training will include a refresher introduction to each of these theories and their interventions.  Additionally, live examples with a mock client will be provided in the course to demonstrate how these theories are used with clients. By the end of this training, counselors will feel more prepared to incorporate insight theories into their clinical work.


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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Identify and describe at least two insight-based theories and their interventions.

b). Learn and practice using insight-based theories with clients through direct therapist-client interaction.

c). Understand and describe how insight theories can be used in conjunction with action-oriented, structured theories to achieve progress in therapy.


Target Audience:

Mental Health Clinicians & Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Counselors, School Personnel, Youth Development Workers; Healthcare Workers


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Katherine Helm, PhD

Material Author(s): Katherine Helm, PhD

Katherine Helm, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling at Lewis University, Romeoville, IL. She is also a practicing psychologist in part-time private where she sees individuals and couples. Katherine has authored several publications about racial and cultural issues in mental health, couples’ issues, and pedagogy in multicultural courses and has an extensive background facilitating counselor trainings. Katherine has had several media appearances on radio and video and is a TEDx speaker. She is a sought-after author, presenter, public speaker, professional trainer, and clinical supervisor.

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