Control-Mastery On-Demand Continuing Education Course for therapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists


On-Demand: Becoming a More Effective Therapist: An Introduction to Control-Mastery - 3 CEUs

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  • CE Hours Included: 3 Core (please see below for details)
  • Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint and references. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
  • Investment: $87 (provides lifetime access!)
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  • Presented by: Trevor Ahrendt, Psy.D. (see bio below)
  • Instruction Level: Intermediate
  • Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Other Mental Health Professionals

Educational Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Describe how Control-Mastery Theory (CMT) may be applied to become a more effective therapist.
  • Identify the empirical basis for Control-Mastery, including the multiple lines of research that provide a basis for its approach.
  • Discuss the Plan Formulation Method and how it can optimize responsiveness to the patient’s problems, needs, and goals.
  • Apply the CMT conception of Trauma to inform your understanding of clinical material in therapy.
  • Explain the CMT concept of safety and how it is relevant to successful treatment.

Workshop Description:

Have you ever wondered how you could become a more effective therapist? Most of us do, and that is an admirable question. However, as I'm sure you know, despite the claims of various promoters of new therapeutic techniques, there is no evidence supporting the superiority of one technique over another. However, there is ample research data showing that responsiveness to a patient’s particular problems and goals is a strong predictor of effective therapy. In other words, understanding what the patient wants and how they want to use therapy to get it creates more effective outcomes.

Over the past several decades, the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group has developed a theory about how psychotherapy works across theories -- Control-Mastery Theory (CMT). CMT offers an empirically derived method of case formulation – the Plan Formulation Method (PFM) – that serves as a useful guide for decoding the patient’s plan and offers coaching to the therapist as to how to be most effective.

The PFM provides a simple, reliable, and easy-to-learn framework for understanding a patient’s conscious and unconscious goals, the pathogenic beliefs or schemas that prevent the patient from pursuing what they really want, traumatic experiences that contributed to the development of pathogenic beliefs, and how the therapist can optimize responsiveness to the patient’s problems, needs, and goals. In short, it points you towards not just 'WHAT to do' but 'HOW to be' a particular person’s therapist. It helps you to personalize your therapy. There is research evidence suggesting that therapists who are trained in PFM and use the formulation to guide their interventions are more responsive to their patients and achieve superior therapeutic results.

You will learn the fundamentals of The Plan-Formulation Method, also known as Control-Mastery Case Formulation, and begin applying it immediately to your cases. You'll learn how to integrate the PFM into your existing manner of working and strengthen the work you're already doing.

Presented by: Trevor Ahrendt, Psy.D.

Trevor M. Ahrendt, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist working in private practice in San Francisco where he sees adults, couples, runs group therapy, and provides Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. He received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He serves on the board of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group and previously served on the board of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Association.

Dr. Ahrendt has provided trainings to organizations and clinicians on addiction, the therapeutic relationship, mindfulness in therapy, and he particularly loves to teach about Control Mastery Theory. He’s provided trainings in varied settings and is a motivational speaker on issues related to personal growth and the importance of leading an examined life.

What people are saying about this workshop:

  • "Very knowledgeable, warm and funny! With the knowledge gained today, I will be able to formulate cases more effectively from the beginning. The framework will help me shift when I see what I'm doing isn't working effectively." - AOR
  • "Presenter was very engaging and demonstrated a great sense of humor that made the presentation enjoyable and personal. Very good information!" - JD, LMFT
  • "Presenter knew his stuff and was engaging - maintained my interest." - BMM, LMSW
  • "Presenter was very knowledgeable on the subject matter and stopped frequently to make sure that the audience understood what he was explaining." - JDC
  • "Very informative and I have a new framework in developing a working conceptualization and treatment plan that is more effective and works for the client!" - Anonymous

3 "Asynchronous" Core CE Clock Hours Included - Details by License Type Below:

  • PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Knowledge Tree is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Knowledge Tree maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For more detailed information on the current CE ruling in Georgia, or if you are licensed in another state or country, please click here.
  • COUNSELORS: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP), ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Please click here for more detailed information.
    • Counselors Licensed in Canada: This workshop is approved for 3 credit hours through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), event code 64964710.
  • SOCIAL WORKERS: This workshop is approved for 3 core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW), approval #091523. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.
  • MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: This workshop is approved for 3 core CE hours through the Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (GAMFT), approval #151-2023. through the Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (GAMFT). If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.

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