From Trust to Trustworthiness in Psychotherapy, A Virtual Talk


Friday, january 7, 2022
12:00-1:00PM: Presentation
1:00-1:30PM: Q&A
CST via Zoom

In this virtual talk, renowned psychiatrist, professor and author Jon G. Allen, Ph.D. will discuss how psychotherapy research indicates a shift in emphasis from developing methods to developing therapists.

About the Presentation:

Jon G. Allen, Ph.D. contends that the field of psychotherapy should shift emphasis from developing hundreds of brands of therapy to considering the personal and professional development of therapists. Decades of research show that the quality of the therapeutic relationship contributes more substantially to the outcomes of therapy than the methods the therapist employs. Moreover, individual differences among therapists contribute more to outcomes than therapists’ methods. Trust is universally agreed to be crucial in the therapeutic relationship, but the complexity of trust is generally neglected, and trustworthiness is almost entirely overlooked. In this complimentary virtual talk, Allen will discuss how therapists should not take their understanding of trust or their trustworthiness for granted, summarizing pertinent research on psychotherapy, the contributions of current philosophical literature to our understanding of trust, and the challenges of becoming trustworthy in psychotherapy. He will conclude by considering the intertwining of trust with hope and faith. Following a 30-minute Q&A, clinicians will have the option of earning 1 Continuing Education credit with successful completion of a course evaluation.

About the Presenter:
A Professor of Psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, Jon G. Allen, Ph.D. holds the Helen Malsin Palley Chair and is also Senior Staff Psychologist at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas. His distinguished career includes conducting psychotherapy, diagnostic consultations and psychoeducational programs, specializing in trauma-related disorders and depression. Allen conducts research on treatment evaluation and clinical outcomes, presenting both nationally and internationally, and is the author, co-author and co-editor of many books on topics such as trauma, borderline personality disorder and more. Outside the field of mental health, Allen is also a jazz pianist and composer.