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The Experts' Biggest Mistakes
(and How to Avoid Them)

Get the Experts' Hard-Won Lessons from Their Biggest Clinical Errors


Mistakes. We all make them. Yet it’s something we don’t really like to talk about.

But when we asked the top experts in our field if they were willing to let us in on their biggest mistakes, they said yes.

And they were candid.

There’s a lot we can learn from what they shared.

That’s why we gathered their sharpest insights on their most memorable errors to bring you . . .

Register Here for Only $197

and get 10 videos, audios, transcripts, plus 3 bonuses
to give you the sharpest insights from leading experts to help you avoid errors in your work

4 CE/CME Credits or Clock Hours are available for purchase at checkout.

The Experts’ Biggest Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

How to Avoid Losing Empathy for Your Most Difficult Clients

Sue Johnson, EdD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD      Ron Siegel, PsyD

  • The vital strategy that can help you stay balanced when the therapeutic alliance collapses
  • When your protective impulse betrays you
  • Saving the therapy when your go-to strategies get hobbled in the session
  • The routine mistake practitioners make when their strategies fail

The Right Treatment for the Right Client at the Wrong Time

Bessel van der Kolk, MD      Shelly Harrell, PhD      Ron Siegel, PsyD
Rick Hanson, PhD      Joan Borysenko, PhD

  • Why a corrective emotional experience can fall flat with some clients
  • When to rethink your role as an agent of compassion
  • Four important factors that help shape stronger, more effective treatment strategies

One Misstep That Can Break Trust with Your Client and Stall Therapy

Steven Hayes, PhD      Ron Siegel, PsyD

  • Why this helpful strategy, when misused, can lead to greater suffering for your client
  • The flexibility framework that’s vital for successful CBT treatment
  • One core belief about behavioral therapy that many practitioners get wrong

When Critical Errors in Timing Can Impact a Client with Trauma

Peter Levine, PhD      Ron Siegel, PsyD
Kelly McGonigal, PhD      Rick Hanson, PhD

  • A common mistake practitioners make that can drive clients into deeper shutdown
  • How we can miss the small window of opportunity for helping a client enter a regulated state
  • What not to do when you sense a client is pulling back into themselves
  • The three energy states a client moves through in a session (and which one you shouldn’t engage)

When Professional Strengths Become a Liability

Rick Hanson, PhD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD      Ron Siegel, PsyD

  • One powerful tool that can help practitioners course-correct in real time
  • The honest self-assessment that will help you identify when NOT to work with a client
  • when it’s the right time to transfer a client to another therapist

How Can We Turn a Mistake into a Breakthrough?

Pat Ogden, PhD      Ron Siegel, PsyD
Joan Borysenko, PhD      Kelly McGonigal, PhD

  • How a client could gain a deeper healing experience from your clinical mistake
  • The crucial question to ask yourself before you decide to self-disclose

How Attachment Work Can Retraumatize a Client

Pat Ogden, PhD      Rick Hanson, PhD      Ron Siegel, PsyD

  • The one big mistake in attachment work that can terminate therapy
  • The critical miscue that can trigger perpetrator transference in your client
  • Specific client histories that can make us rein in our empathy

When Client Backlash Can Advance the Therapy

Richard Schwartz, PhD

  • The one miscue that can turn a client’s protective parts against them
  • Why a client’s backlash to therapy often gets mistaken for a deeper illness
  • One misstep in treatment that can put your client’s healing at risk

Are You Treating the Right Problem?

Christine Padesky, PhD      Ron Siegel, PsyD      Joan Borysenko, PhD

  • Why even the strongest evidence-based therapy methods can lead to clinical mistakes
  • The vital assessment that can prevent therapy from collapsing into a rut
  • One hidden mistake that can take place during the client intake process

Repairing a Mistake So That It Doesn’t Affect the Therapeutic Alliance

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT      Ron Siegel, PsyD      Rick Hanson, PhD

  • Why you might be prone to make more mistakes with highly sympathetic clients
  • One way of handling a mistake that can permanently break your client’s trust
  • One simple but powerful tool for immediately analyzing and repairing your mistakes

Register Here for Only $197

and get 10 videos, audios, transcripts, plus 3 bonuses
to give you the sharpest insights from leading experts to help you avoid errors in your work

4 CE/CME Credits or Clock Hours are available for purchase at checkout.

For This Short Course, We Brought Together Some of the Top Experts in the Field

Bessel van der Kolk MD

Medical Director of the Trauma Center at Justice Research Institute; Author of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Marsha Linehan PHD

Creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); Professor of Psychology, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics

Peter Levine PHD

Founder of Somatic Experiencing; Author of Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory

Richard Schwartz PHD

Founder of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and The Center for Self Leadership

Sue Johnson EdD

Creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT); Founder and Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

Pat Ogden PhD

Pioneer in Somatic Psychology; Founder and Director of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI); Co-founder of the Hakomi Institute; Author of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment

Steven Hayes PHD

Creator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno

Shelly Harrell PhD

Licensed Psychologist specializing in multicultural and community psychology; A Professor with the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Rick Hanson PHD

Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley; New York Times bestselling author of Hardwiring Happiness and Buddha's Brain

Joan Borysenko PhD

Founder of Mind/Body Health Sciences LLC; Author of New York Times Bestseller Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

Ron Siegel PsyD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, part time, Harvard Medical School; Author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems and Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

Kelly McGonigal PhD

Health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University; Author of The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You and How to Get Good At It and The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

Bill O'Hanlon LMFT

Co-developer of Solution-Oriented Therapy; Psychotherapist, speaker, and author of Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life

Ellyn Bader PhD

Co-creator of The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy; Co-director of The Couples Institute

Stan Tatkin PsyD, MFT

Founder of the PACT Training Institute and developer of a Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT)

Christine Padesky PhD

Co-founder of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California; Co-creator of Strengths-Based CBT; Co-author of Mind Over Mood and Collaborative Case Conceptualization.

Terry Real MSW, LICSW

Founder of the Relational Life Institute; author of I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression and The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work

Scott Miller PhD

Founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence; Author of Escape from Babel: Toward a Unifying Language for Psychotherapy Practice and The Heart and Soul of Change: What Works in Therapy

Course Director

Ruth Buczynski, PhD

Dr. Ruth Buczynski is a licensed psychologist and founder and president of The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM).

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Get 3 Bonuses to Give You Even More Insights into How to Avoid Errors in Your Clinical Work

Bonus 1

The Mistake Every Practitioner Fears

Part 1: Missing the Warning Signs

Marsha Linehan PhD      Kelly McGonigal PhD      Ron Siegel PsyD

  • The warning signs of a client’s impending suicide and how we can miss them
  • How a simple nuance in behavior can lead to misjudgment
  • One question that will keep the accountability in your work while dissolving self-blame

Part 2: When You Should Break Client Confidentiality

Terry Real MSW, LICSW      Joan Borysenko, PhD

  • When your client minimizes a serious problem
  • The dangerous pitfalls of supporting a client’s psychological separation from their family
  • The common but destructive risk practitioners take when working with young adults

Bonus 2

Why Termination is Particularly Susceptible to Practitioner Error

Ellyn Bader PhD      Rick Hanson PhD

  • The specific moment in the termination process where most mistakes are made
  • One way to address personal conflicts when discussing termination
  • Reframing the therapeutic relationship to help ease termination

Bonus 3

Why it Can Be Easy to Miscalculate Your Client’s Progress

Scott Miller PhD

  • One approach to mistakes that can result in a stronger outcome for your clients
  • The red flag that can alert us to a need for change (and what happens if we don’t)
  • 3 corrective actions that will salvage a client’s lack of improvement

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to give you the sharpest insights from leading experts to help you avoid errors in your work

4 CE/CME Credits or Clock Hours are available for purchase at checkout.

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