May 17 and May 18 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (EDT)


Stephen E. Finn, PhD | Center for Therapeutic Assessment
Jan H. Kamphuis, PhD | University of Amsterdam
Hilde De Saeger, PhD | Viersprong Clinic

Workshop Information:

Why do some clients reject new ways of thinking and maintain a high level of distrust with mental health professionals? Two new concepts from evolutionary psychology, Epistemic Trust (ET) and Epistemic Hypervigilance (EH), provide a profitable framework for understanding and intervening with such clients. In this workshop, Drs. Finn, Kamphuis, and De Saeger will present the theory of ET and EH, which asserts that many clients screen out new information from others because in the past this served their survival. The presenters will show video excerpts from actual Therapeutic Assessments to demonstrate how several philosophical and procedural elements of TA specifically foster the lowering of EH and building of ET, allowing clients to revise their internal working models and continue to grow and learn long after an assessment is completed. The presenters will use lecture and experiential exercises to teach many clinically useful concepts, including: Mentalization, Secure Attachment, Developmental Trauma, Shame, Ostensive Cueing, and Scaffolding.

Goals and Objectives:

At the of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Define the concepts of Epistemic Trust (ET) and Epistemic Hypervigilance (EH) and explain their importance to working with difficult clients;

2. Explain the concepts of Mentalization and Secure Attachment and how they are related to ET and EH;

3. List specific behaviors of clinicians that help lower EH and promote ET;

4. Describe the experience of Ostensive Cueing and Scaffolding from both the client and clinician perspectives;

5. Explain how specific techniques and steps of TA lower EH and promote ET;

6. List personal and professional factors of clinicians that contribute to EH and impede ET

Skill Level:

This workshop is open to participants at any skills level

Dr. FinnDr. Stephen E. Finn

Stephen E. Finn, Ph.D., founder of the Center for Therapeutic Assessment, is a licensed clinical psychologist in practice in Austin, Texas, USA, a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, Senior Researcher and Director of Training at the European Center for Therapeutic Assessment at Catholic University of Milan, Italy, and Director of Training at the Asian-Pacific Center for Therapeutic Assessment in Tokyo, Japan. He has published 90+ articles and chapters on psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and other topics in clinical psychology, and is the author of In Our Clients’ Shoes: Theory and Techniques of Therapeutic Assessment (Erlbaum, 2007) and A Manual for Using the MMPI-2 as a Therapeutic Intervention (1996, University of Minnesota Press). Dr. Finn also co-edited, with Constance Fischer and Leonard Handler, Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment: A Casebook and Guide (Wiley, 2012). In 2011 Dr. Finn was awarded the Bruno Klopfer Award from SPA for distinguished lifetime contributions to the field of personality assessment. In August 2017 he received the award for Distinguished Contributions to Assessment Psychology from Section IX (Assessment) of the Society for Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of APA). In 2018 he received the Carl Rogers Award for an outstanding contribution to theory and practice of humanistic psychology from the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of APA).

Dr. KamphiusDr. Jan H. Kamphuis

Jan H. Kamphuis, Ph.D., is a full Professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) serving as the director of its Clinical Psychology program, and also has a research/ clinical appointment at the Viersprong, a specialized clinic for the assessment and treatment of personality disorders in the Netherlands. His research focuses on promoting the treatment utility of clinical personality assessment, with special interests in Therapeutic Assessment, personality disorders, and forensic applications. He has published well over 100 international articles, chapters, and books. He currently serves as representative at large for the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA).

Dr. De SaegerDr. Hilde De Saeger

Hilde De Saeger, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist in the Netherlands and Belgium. She works at the Viersprong Clinic, a specialized clinic for the assessment and treatment of personality and conduct disorders in the Netherlands, where she is responsible for the assessment department. She has published several papers on psychological assessment. In addition to her clinical work, she lectures nationally and internationally and OFFERS supervision TO clinicians.

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