On Friday 1st November 2020 The Psychologists Protection Society Trust invited Robert Watson to speak on the topic "Therapeutic Ruptures". The session was part of the Psychologists Protection Society's 2020 Annual General Meeting.
Dr Robert Watson says he qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2001. He has extensive experience in public and private settings working with clients with complex psychological presentations. He is an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist and Supervisor, and currently the vice-chair of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy UK. He worked in the NHS in adult mental health and sexual health/HIV services, helping people with a wide range of mental and sexual health problems. He worked to a senior level in the profession, managing services and training and supervising others.
Dr Watson in this video looks at how decades of psychotherapy research demonstrates that the therapeutic relationship is fundamental to good outcomes in any therapy. Yet problems and ruptures to the therapeutic relationship are common and stressful, and they can present challenges to therapists across all levels of experience. This presentation focuses on therapist factors associated with the successful repair of ruptures in the therapeutic alliance and those which impede it. Drawing on the consensus from the research literature and his own clinical and supervisory experience to outline helpful therapist responses to tensions in the alliance, and unhelpful or counter-productive therapist responses to problems in the therapeutic alliance. I will reflect on the ways in which the therapist’s relationship to their vulnerable side can affect the rupture repair process.
The event proved very popular, with over 180 therapists joining in at the venue in Glasgow or watching the live event online. The video has now been edited and is available to watch online for those who could manage to attend the event online or in person. Click on the image below to start the video.
Dr Watson has kindly provided notes for his presentation. Please CLICK HERE to download a copy.