Trust, Care and Hope in Psychotherapy: A Social Context
Ross Ellenhorn, LICSW, Ph.D., and Jon G. Allen, Ph.D.
The erosion of social trust directly impacts mental health care, yet creating trust in psychotherapy is useful only to the extent that it generalizes to patients’ relationships beyond treatment, and this generalization requires trustworthy relationships and communities. This presentation will discuss the problems with scientific reductionism in the field of psychotherapy and the need for a broader ethical framework, including a shift in focus from patients’ distrust to consideration of what renders therapists trustworthy. It will also examine the combination of care and competence in trustworthiness in psychotherapy and beyond, and explore how trust and faith in oneself (and others) are essential for the hope that successful treatment requires.
- Participants will be able to distinguish between several kinds of trust related to mental health.
- Participants will appreciate the reciprocity between trusting and trustworthiness.
- Participants will learn to identify essential contributors to trust, including cooperation, connection, caring and competence.
- Participants will gain an understanding of how trust is intertwined with hope and faith.
Continuing Education Info:
Ellenhorn, LLC, #1792, is approved to offer social work continuing-education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing-Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final say in determining whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing- education credit. Ellenhorn, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 12/09/2022-12/9/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1 (one) continuing-education credit.
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