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An Introduction to
Evidence-Based Relational Therapy

Date TBD


The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the clinician to Evidence-Based Relational Therapy (EBRT). Since 1966, when the APA’s Division 12 Society of Clinical Psychology first decided to list what are now called Empirically Supported Treatment (specific treatments that research appeared to show were more effective for specific disorders), the field has embraced the idea that specific treatments that were relate to specific problems were the key to success. These ideas have gained tremendous support.

As the EBRT treatment has grown, significant research has produced evidence demonstrating that specific treatment is a relatively minor factor in effective therapy. Rather, the relationship between the therapist and the client and its key components is a foundational key to change in the client.

In this workshop we will explore the tremendous amount of research data and meta-analysis demonstrating the greater importance of what psychotherapy researcher John Norcross has labeled as evidence-based relational work – the connection that exists between the client and therapist that is broader than the specific treatment method that relates to very specific problems.

In this workshop we will also explore the research that attempts to identify what are the SPECIFIC FACTORS in relationship that produce true change in the client. Not only will these factors be identified in the research presented, but the integration of this evidence and these factors into the therapeutic process will be explored.

The workshop will explore:
  • The analysis and Meta-analysis that defines the factors of relational therapy.
  • Understanding the key factors that are defined as part of a relationship that produces change.
  • Integrating these key factors into your ongoing clinical practice.
  • Understanding how these factors support a success outcome for the client.
  • Understanding how to integrate these factors into the development of your style and your clinical process.
  • Exploring how evidence based relational therapy works over time.


“Decades of research now scientifically support what psychotherapists have long known: different types of clients require different treatments and relationships. And the research has now identified specific patient characteristics and optimal matches by which to tailor or adapt psychotherapy. In the tradition of evidence-based practice, psychotherapists can create a new, responsive psychotherapy for each distinctive patient and his or her singular situation, in addition to his or her disorder.”

From: Evidence-based therapy relationships:
Research conclusions and clinical practices.
Norcross, John C.; Wampold, Bruce E.
Psychotherapy, Vol. 48(1),Mar 2011, 98-102.

“Even therapists who endorse the centrality of the relationship often don’t realize that Evidence-Based Relational Therapy has moved well beyond vague construct of therapy alliance to a more fine grained way of thinking about and managing the therapeutic relationship.”

Psychotherapy Networker
May / June 2011

“The data supports Evidence-Based Relational Therapy is now so compelling that the standard should be expanded from using Empirically Supported Treatment to establishing and maintaining therapeutic relationships.”

Psychotherapy Networker
May / June 2011

Who will Benefit from this Workshop?

Participants who are interested in understanding how the centrality of the therapeutic relationship cuts across all theories and specific treatment modalities will benefit from participating in this workshop. Participation is VERY limited and participants are encouraged to apply early.