The Person of the Therapist Training Model presents a model that prepares therapists to make active and purposeful use of who they are, personally and professionally, in all aspects of the therapeutic process-relationship, assessment and intervention. The authors take a process that seems vague and elusive, the self-of-the-therapist work, and provide a step-by-step description of how to conceptualize, structure, and implement a training program designed to facilitate the creation of effective therapists, who are skilled at using their whole selves in their encounters with clients. This book looks to make conscious and planned use of a therapist's race, gender, culture, values, life experience, and in particular, personal vulnerabilities and struggles in how he or she relates and works with clients. This evidence-supported resource is ideal for clinicians, supervisors, and training programs.
Harry J. Aponte, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, HPhD, is a clinical associate professor in the couple and family therapy department at Drexel University. Karni Kissil, PhD, LMFT, has 20 years of experience as a clinician, working with individuals, couples, and families in diverse practice settings. She is currently in private practice in Florida
Preface 1. The Person-of-the-Therapist Model on the Use of Self in Therapy: The Training Philosophy Aponte 2. The POTT Program: Step-by-Step Zeytinoglu 3. Journaling in POTT Jordal, Carneiro, & Russon 4. Looking at the POTT Process: The Case of Lynae Kissil 5. Looking at the POTT Process: The Case of the "Rescuer" Nino 6. About the Facilitators Kissil 7. Integrating POTT into Your Setting: Applications and Modifications Kissil & Aponte 8. Person-of-the-Therapist Principles across Mental Health Disciplines: "Just Use Your Clinical Judgment" Russon & Carneiro 9. Supervision in the Person-of-the-Therapist Model Aponte Appendix