Increasing Your Clinical Effectiveness by Looking Both Outward..

Increasing Your Clinical Effectiveness by Looking Both Outward..


Increasing Your Clinical Effectiveness by Looking Both Outward and Inward 

Presented By: Diane A. Suffridge, PhD | January 20, 2018 | 9 am – 4 pm

Location: Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael, CA 94903

Cost: $110 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $120 after

CIP Member Rate: $75 early registration, up to 10 days prior to seminar, $85 after

CEs: 6 CEs for MFTs & LCSWs and 6 CEs for Psychologists

Diane Suffridge Bio: 

Diane Suffridge, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, California.  She has over 25 years experience as a licensed psychologist, training and supervising prelicensed clinicians in community-based organizations.  She also regularly provides training and consultation to licensed clinicians and supervisors through professional associations and community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She has published a biweekly blog since February 2014, posted at

Course Description:

Being an effective clinician requires integrating what we know with what we feel and intuit. In other words, we need to go back and forth continuously between our heads and our hearts. This involves integrating our ability to understand our clients with our ability to be self-reflective. This workshop will provide opportunities to practice looking outward at the client and looking inward at ourselves. We will begin with ways to enhance the therapeutic alliance while developing an initial case formulation and treatment plan, applying those steps to a video clinical interview. We will then look at different aspects of the intellectually and emotionally complex challenges that we face in clinical work, and the personal growth and development that facilitates our professional competence. 

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

1. Identify four steps to effective treatment: diagnosis, assessment, case formulation, and treatment planning.

2. Understand and apply principles facilitating a therapeutic alliance to assessment and treatment planning.

3. Implement steps to effective treatment by using a written worksheet that structures case conceptualization.

4. Assess their personal capacities in each of the areas of clinical practice discussed by the instructor. 

5. Identify one or more personal capacities relevant to their clinical work.

6. Develop a strategy for enhancing the capacities needed in their clinical work.

7. Apply the material learned in the workshop to a video clinical interview. 


Course Schedule/Outline: 

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration 

9:00 am – 9:15 am Introductions, plan for the day 

9:15 am – 9:40 am Looking outward in observation of the client

Importance of integrating assessment and treatment planning with developing a therapeutic alliance

Introduction of case example to be used for illustration and tools to assist in assessment 


9:40 am – 10:30 am Steps to providing focused and effective treatment:

Case formulation
Treatment planning

10:30 am – 10:40 am Break

10:40 am – 12:00 pm Video clinical interview and discussion 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Application of assessment steps to video clinical interview 

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Looking inward in self-reflection 

Three areas of clinical practice: 1) using yourself as an instrument of hope, change, and healing; 2) becoming confident in your authority and professionalism; and 3) developing interpersonal skills that strengthen the therapeutic relationship. 

Capacities that facilitate each area of practice.

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm Break

2:40 pm – 3:45 pm Identification of personal capacities reflected in response to video clinical interview 

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Review and final question



Community Institute for Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Community Institute for Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Cancellation Policy: Only cancellations received in writing more than 10 business days prior to the seminar or class will be refunded/credited, with a $10 cancellation fee deducted. However, if you cancel fewer than 10 business days prior to the seminar or class, you will forfeit the registration fee.


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