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August 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Person-Centered Practices: Building a Therapeutic Alliance
Research on therapy outcomes consistently indicates that common factors play a large role in the therapeutic outcomes. These factors, such as warmth, empathy, and the therapeutic relationship, depend on the clinician’s skill-set. Person centered practices offers a framework for these engagement strategies. One of the main tasks to complete during the engagement stage of therapy is to build a therapeutic alliance. This webinar will review person-centered practices, which can strengthen this relationship-building task from the onset of services.
Erin Flicker, MSW, LICSW, is a Clinical Trainer with the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas. Her work is rooted in the belief people are the expert on their life/experiences and working towards recovery/systems change involves developing a partnership to provide support in a way that makes sense to them. Her primary focus is building capacity of community providers by providing training and ongoing consultation in a way that develops sustainable systems change through mutual action planning.
Erin’s most recent position was with the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Centers on Community Living (RTC-CL) Institute on Community Integration (ICI). There, she coordinated a statewide initiative, which used implementation science to assist organizations in integrating person-centered practices and positive behavior support into policies, technical assistance and coaching systems in order to improve quality of life of people receiving support in provider organizations supporting people with disabilities, public health, and mental health.
Erin is a certified Person-Centered Thinking Trainer, a member of the Learning Community and has trained service professionals on person-centered practices internationally. She has experience working with people across the lifespan by providing community-based mental health assessments, psychotherapy, and transition services. Erin also has expertise in forensic psychology. Prior to coming to the U of M, she worked to build capacity of community providers through providing person-centered trainings and consultation to agencies supporting people who had a civil commitment of Mentally Ill and Dangerous.
Outside of her work at MNCAMH, Erin has a small, private practice which she believes keeps her grounded as a mental health professional. She specializes in working with adults and adolescents and uses a variety of clinical methods, including mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, queer and feminist theory, and relational psychotherapy. She offers mental health, chemical health, and functional behavior assessments, office based therapy, and supervision for mental health professionals throughout the state.