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Psychotherapists of all levels of experience often identify with a theoretical orientation and specific modalities of psychotherapy to which they adhere. However, the research on common factors in psychotherapy suggests that much, perhaps most, of the change clients experience as a result of therapy is attributable to therapeutic factors common to all psychotherapies rather than to   a specific   approach   and its techniques  (e.g., CBT, DBT, EMDR, IFS)  used by the therapist. This workshop will review the literature on the centrality of the common factors to the process of change in therapy. It will enumerate many of the factors discussed in the literature, including the client-therapist relationship, client and therapist expectations for the outcome of therapy, goal consensus and collaboration, empathy, positive regard, and genuineness. The presenter will offer suggestions for how to increase the incorporation of common factors in clinical practice and will engage participants to share strategies of their own.


Dovid Brownstein, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist in clinical practice in Las Vegas, NV. He received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. He has clinical experience in settings across the continuum of care. He is a generalist who evaluates and treats the spectrum of psychological disorders.



I introduction (30 min): 

  •     From “does therapy work?” to “how does therapy work?”
    1. ‌Define Specific Factors
      1. Is a theoretical orientation necessary?
      2. Many treatments empirically supported by scientific research 
      3. Meta-analytic research on psychotherapy treatment effectiveness
      4. Dodo bird verdict - all treatments are equally effective
    2. Define Common Factors
      1. Factors that drive change that is found across all or most treatments 
      2. They account for a large portion of the variance of treatment outcomes
  • Detail the Common Factors (50 min)
    1. Therapeutic relationship
      1. rapport
      2. goal consensus and collaboration
    2. client factors
      1. expectations
    3. therapist factors
      1. Clinical skill
      2. Expectations, peddler of hope
      3. Empathy
      4. positive regard
      5. Genuineness
    4. Extra-therapeutic factors
      1. Personality and personal characteristics
      2. Beliefs including religion/spirituality
      3. Family circumstance
      4. Social network
      5. Passage of time (clients often begin therapy at an acute point of distress)
  • The Contextual Model - a Meta Theoretical Model (30 min)
    1. Three pathways
      1. Real relationship
      2. Expectations (placebo)
      3. Specific Ingredients
  • Interactive activity (30 min)
    1. Participants identify common factors they believe they incorporate effectively.
    2. Participants to identify common factors with which they would like to become more proficient
    3. Participants to identify barriers to more effectively leveraging common factors
  • Feedback from activity (20 min)
  • Summary and conclusion(20 min)

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to name four common factors in psychotherapy
  • Participants will be able to explain how common factors mediate therapeutic change through specific factors
  • Participants will be able articulate how they are able to leverage common factors in their clinical work
This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an introductory level ,and is beneficial for a beginner level clinician:
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Course Length: 3 Hours

This Webinar Offers 3 Live Interactive Continuing Education Credits

    • This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapy Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.
    • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
    • This course, {title}, Approval {licenseNumber} provided by NEFESH: The International Network of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: {provider_date}. New Jersey social workers will receive {credits} CE credit for participating in this course.
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.

Official information:

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Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (If this is a pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% to receive a certificate.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available after satisfactory course completion by clicking here
Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
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