Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Person of the Therapist Training Model, The

  • Harry AponteEmail author
  • Karni Kissil
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_544

Introduction

The Concept

The Person of the Therapist Training Model represents a concept within the province of the use of self in therapy that contains a combination of certain particular features:
  1. 1.

    Although the training goals consider the personal growth and development of the therapist, the model’s primary emphasis is on the therapists’ ability to make purposeful and skillful use of their personal selves and life experiences within the professional role of therapist – the therapeutic relationship, the assessment process, and the implementation of interventions.

     
  2. 2.

    The personal use of self includes all aspects of what the therapist brings of the personal self into the therapeutic process with the clients but with special attention to therapists’ own emotional “woundedness,” which enables empathy and resonance with clients’ “woundedness.”

     
  3. 3.
    The training aspect of the model evinces itself through a systematic process and structure that aims to have therapists:
    1. (a)

      Recognize who...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.JupiterUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Thorana Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversitySanta FeUSA