Single session therapy: 6 principles to keep in mind

In recent years, much of the information, research and innovations regarding Single Session Therapy have come directly from the application field of walk-in centers.

It is no coincidence that today’s article focuses on the 6 fundamental principles of clinical practice adopted within the Community Counseling Center in San Antonio (Texas), masterfully summarized by Slive and Bobele (2011). The authors managed to condense a wide range of levels and concepts: both of theoretical / epistemological and technical / operational origin.

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Single session therapy for families: the Bouverie Center

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Can Single Session Therapy be used with families?
Yes, and that’s what Bouverie Center has been doing for twenty-five years.

When I went to Melbourne, Australia ten months ago, I did it to learn about TSS from what, in my opinion, is the Center that has been able to integrate it best, both in terms of structure and technical and application development.

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The single session for pathological gambling

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Can a single session be enough to significantly improve the problems of pathological gambling? And can it be just as effective as longer treatments?

Asked Tony Toneatto, of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (Canada), who conducted research approved by the Research Ethics Board of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, and which was then published in 2016 in Addictive behaviors, with the title Single session interventions for problem gambling may be as effective as longer treatments: Results of a randomized control trial.

Here is a summary of the study and its results.

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Interview with Jessica Schleider / Intervista con Jessica Schleider


In today’s interview, conducted by Vanessa Pergher, we get to know Dr. Jessica Schleider, learning how she approached Single Session Therapy, what use she makes of it and her ideas about the future prospects and developments of SST.

Who is Jessica Schleider?

Jessica Schleider is a researcher in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Stony Brook University (NY). She has published over 60 articles and book chapters.

She created and co-created single-session mental health intervention programs for youth and adults.

In 2020, she was chosen as one of Forbes’ Under 30 in the Healthcare category.


Lineup of questions:

00.23 Prof. Schleider, would you like to introduce yourself and tell us something about your career?

01.27 Your research on creating a scalable intervention for juvenile depression and anxiety won several awards: what were the premises of this work, and what were the results?

06.54 Do you think this type of intervention can work with adults as well?

08.30 Do you think a Single Session mindset can help young people approach therapy?

10.20 How do you envision the future of Single Session Therapy?

11.20 What kind of advice would you give to a therapist who is approaching Single Session Therapy?

13.40 You approached Single Session Therapy almost by chance: can you tell us more?


Single session therapy in history: Bloom’s guidelines

If you follow these articles you have seen one thing: several therapists of different approaches over the years have supported, experimented and implemented principles and practices later found in Single Session Therapy.

An example of this is Article 11 known psychotherapists who adopt the principles of the Single Session.

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A TSS service for children, adolescents and families: the ROCK

How can Single Session Therapy be integrated into an institution that provides mental health services for children, adolescents and families?

Continuing the path of discovery of the different contexts in the world in which the logic of the walk-in is applied in integration with the Single Session Therapy, in this article we will focus on a particular service present in Ontario, the Reach Out Center for Kids (ROCK ), whose characteristics and type of experience are very interesting with respect to the objective we have dealt with so far, namely that of rethinking the way of conceiving psychological intervention and the management of mental health services.

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