Appreciating how the therapist's emotional experience can influence client change and business practices

Interview-style, with Elizabeth Irias, LMFT.

  • Course Description

    This interview explores the use of therapist emotional experiences in the therapeutic relationship as a tool for clinical growth, as well as a tool for therapist boundaries around practice policy and procedure. Listeners will understand how the ACT conceptualization of present moment emotional experience as a lens into values allows these experiences to be articulated and become an agent of therapeutic growth and change. Listeners will understand the considerations of rapport, timing, cultural considerations, and unique therapist variables when using therapist emotional experiences in session.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Describe a conceptualization of countertransference through the framework of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Discuss the impact of therapist variables, rapport, timing, and cultural considerations on the use of therapist emotional experience within the therapy relationship; Describe how therapist emotional experience can allow therapists to define their businesses in a values-aligned manner.

  • Downloadable Podcast

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour audio podcast interview (streaming or free for download via our site, Apple Podcasts, or GooglePlay), a post-presentation test with six to eight questions per CE credit hour, and a course evaluation; course requirements can be accessed either via computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account. In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must #1: Have an active Clearly Clinical annual subscription, #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast, #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (a score of at least 75%; you are able to re-test) and #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, sponsor, instructor, content, or benefit of endorsement of products.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course and hit the 'Generate Certificate' button, a new window will open up with your certificate; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Click on the FAQ link at the bottom of this page for more information about how to receive a copy of a course completion certificate if course access has expired. Course certificates will be on file for five (5) years from date of course completion.

  • Target Audience and Instructional Level

    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory/Intermediate.

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ACT Aficionado and Business Coach

Kim Dwyer, PhD, PSY #2530

Senior Instructor

Dr. Kimberly Dwyer is a clinical psychologist in private practice, co-owner/manager of a small group practice, and coach and clinical consultant for private practice builders. Her clinical work focuses on neurodevelopmental and psychoeducational evaluations and provision of therapeutic services to children, teens, and adults with anxiety and affiliated disorders. In her coaching work, Dr. Dwyer empowers providers to build, grow, and define private practices from a place of values-aligned intentional behavior. She works with clients in her suburban Denver office, through telehealth throughout the state of Colorado, and through distance coaching services throughout the country.

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