How to conduct an SST with the family the guidelines of the Bouverie Centre

A frequent question when it comes to Single Session Therapy is whether this method can be applied to all areas of intervention, one of these is that which concerns work with families .

 Although family work is recognized as important and precious, still today in many cases it is considered as a complex intervention which requires specific preparation , a long time and many resources to be carried out . These beliefs often turn into real obstacles for both professionals and people who ask for help, refusing to offer or ask for services suited to the needs of families.  

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In¬†today¬†‘s article we will refer to a¬†study¬†that will show us¬†how to treat non-traumatic fear of flying¬†through the¬†Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing¬†(EMDR)¬†approach (Shapiro, 2000) in a¬†Single Session¬†(Newgent¬†et al.¬†, 2016).

 

 What is the purpose of the study?

The¬†purpose of the study is to show how¬†EMDR¬†treatment¬†can adapt to the client’s needs and¬†also be applied through¬†a¬†Single Session.¬†In this case the treatment of the¬†non-traumatic fear of flying¬†is carried out directly¬†in flight¬†.

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The foundations of single-session therapy: a history of risk and safety

With today¬†‘s article¬†we will talk about the¬†fundamentals of Single Session Therapy¬†, but we will do so starting from the description of a¬†clinical case in which¬†TSS¬†was applied¬†within a¬†Walk-in service¬†of the¬†Eastside Family Center¬†located in Calgary (Canada).

A few weeks ago we had already addressed the issue of the Single Session/Walk-in and how this method of intervention is used effectively within these mental health services (Slive, McElheran, Lawson, 2008) .  

Today, however, we will focus on the foundations that characterize it and guide its practice .

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Single session therapy and the integration of emotion focused therapy

Single Session Therapy (SST)¬† is a therapeutic practice that allows you to¬†integrate other therapeutic approaches within it and with¬†today¬†‘s article¬†we will illustrate how this opportunity can also be extended to¬†Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)¬†long-term¬†approach¬†. ¬†

Although there is not much research on it, psychologist¬†Kristin M. Matthews (2018)¬†in the article ”¬†The Integration of Emotion-Focused Therapy Within Single-Session Therapy”,¬†offers a study in which she demonstrates how¬†EFT¬†has some¬†useful elements¬†for carrying out the¬†single session¬†.¬†The study also provides¬†practical indications¬†on the use of the model in therapy and on how some elements can lead, for example, to the development of a strong¬†therapeutic alliance¬†.

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The therapeutic alliance in single-session therapy

One of the most debated topics when it comes to Brief Therapies is undoubtedly that of the therapeutic alliance, when the debate then focuses on the way in which this factor affects Single Session Therapy, the comparison takes on even more heated tones.

With today¬†‘s article¬†we will focus on a¬†study¬†carried out by¬†Chrystal T. Fullen (2019)¬†which describes precisely the process of co-construction of the¬†therapeutic alliance¬†in the context of¬†SST starting from the analysis of some therapeutic conversations.

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SST for teacher stress management

School has always been and continues to be the focus of many debates . Most of these relate to
its organization and functioning . Others, on the other hand, even if to a lesser extent, focus on
the teaching profession and the possible health risks that this professional category may face.
In fact, if teaching is carried out in disorganized and fragmented contexts , where teamwork is
difficult and the achievement of common objectives can become a source of great stress .  
With¬†today’s article we will therefore describe a¬†Single Session Therapy¬†intervention¬†aimed at a
group of teachers in conditions of long-term psychophysical disability in the province of Alberta
(Canada) with the aim of maximizing their recovery . The intervention arose from a study of the
health of such teachers , most of whom were neglected in their rehabilitation period (Jevne &
Zingle, 1990).
 

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Post-phase 2 and single-session therapy – ideas and doubts about the activation of walk-in SST services

Phase 2 represented, after the lockdown, an important and decisive moment for the professional
life of the psychologist . On the web and on social networks, there was a great ferment of ideas
and projects to overcome this difficult phase of recovery. There were many proposals, some focus
on marketing strategies , others concern the formation of new methods of intervention and
disorders to be treated, finally there is all the information on the state of the art of our
profession .

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Post emergency Covid-19 and single session therapy the psychological impact of quarantine and phase 2

The coronavirus emergency is about to turn to the so-called Phase 2 or to that moment of easing of social restriction measures, which will lead to taking the first timid steps towards the much desired freedom.

Before moving on to imagining the near future of¬†Phase 2,¬†let’s see what the psychological effects of quarantine and how to reduce (Brooks et al., 2020) are according to a¬†scientific¬†article¬†published¬†in¬†The¬†Lancet¬†magazine¬†and social¬†.

The¬†goal¬†of today’s article will be to identify the¬†possible issues¬†people will need to manage and how¬†psychologists¬†can¬†prepare¬†to intervene.

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Post-emergency Covid-19 and single-session therapy, post-disaster intervention proposals

If in the previous article we explored the theme of emergency and how Single Session Therapy adapts to psychological first aid models,  today we will focus on the consequences that a tragic event such as the Pandemic can determine on a psychological and access to mental health services.

Furthermore, through the description of a clinical case in which the TSS method was applied with a woman involved in the 2010 Haiti earthquake , we will see how TSS can be concretely used in post-disaster intervention (Guthrie, 2016) .

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