Single Session Therapy with Prof Windy Dryden

1 day 9:30am – 4:30pm 7 CPD hours

Course Brief

Professor Windy Dryden leads this one day SDS masterclass on Single Session Therapy, a way of working that takes the best of your therapeutic toolkit and enables you to apply it effectively in a single meeting with your clients to achieve realistic positive results. The course is packed with extremely skilful live demonstrations, led by Prof Dryden who is famous for them, and with many opportunities for the participants to practise these new skills.

The assumption that therapy and counselling should always be long-term has been challenged repeatedly over the last 30 years. Data from public and non-profit therapy agencies indicate that the most frequent number of sessions that clients have is ‘1’ and that 70-80% of clients having a single session are satisfied with the session given their current circumstances.

Single-Session Therapy (SST) has been developed to reflect these findings. It is best seen as a therapeutic mind-set and way of delivering services to provide help at the point of need rather than at the point of availability. What is particularly appealing about SST is that it can be practised by therapists from different approaches, making it of general appeal.

Professor Windy Dryden leads this one day SDS masterclass on Single Session Therapy, a way of working that takes the best of your therapeutic toolkit and enables you to apply it effectively in a single meeting with your clients to achieve realistic positive results. The course is packed with extremely skilful live demonstrations, led by Prof Dryden who is famous for them, and with many opportunities for the participants to practise these new skills.

What is Single-Session Therapy (SST) and One-At-A-Time Therapy (OAATT)?

  • Single-Session Therapy/One-At-A-Time Therapy is an intentional endeavour where both parties set out with the purpose of helping the client in one session, knowing that more help is available.

  • In SST/OAATT, therapy takes place one contact at a time, and one contact may be all the time that is needed. At the end of the session, the client is invited to reflect on and digest what they learned in the session, act on what they learned and see what happens before deciding whether to seek another session. In SST/OAATT, a block of sessions is not offered routinely to clients but can be done so, if clinically indicated.

  • SST/OAATT is based on the principle of offering help at the point of need rather than at the point of availability. It has the effect of reducing waiting lists.

  • SST/OAATT is best seen as a mindset and a mode of service delivery sitting alongside other forms of service delivery. It is NOT an approach and can be practised by therapists from any therapeutic orientation.

  • SST/OAATT is based on three foundations:

    • The most frequent number of sessions clients have internationally is ‘1’, followed by ‘2’, ‘3’, and so on

    • 70-80% of those who have one session are satisfied with that session given their current circumstances

    • Therapists are poor at predicting who will attend for only one session and who will attend for more

  • The goals of SST/OAATT are:

    • To help the client get ‘unstuck’

    • To help the client take a few steps forward which may encourage them to travel the rest of the journey without professional assistance

    • To help the client address a specific issue

  • The focus of a session in SST/OAATT is on negotiating a goal for the session with the client and on helping them find and rehearse a solution that facilitates the achievement of this goal. At the end of the session, the therapist helps the client to devise an action plan which they can implement after the session.

  • In SST/OAATT, the therapist:

    • Discovers what the client has done in the past to deal with their problem and encourages them to use what has been helpful and set aside what has not been helpful

    • Helps the client to identify and use internal strengths and external resources in implementing the agreed solution

  • SST/OAATT can be delivered by walk-in or by appointment. Everyone can be offered a single session at the point of need knowing that more help is available and that referral to specialist help can be made.

  • Follow-up is encouraged to discover how the client is getting on and to improve service delivery.

by Prof Windy Dryden, PhD

This workshop has been structured to answer key questions about SST including:

  • What is Single-Session Therapy?

  • Why Offer Single-Session Therapy?

  • When Should Single-Session Therapy be Offered?

  • What are the Goals of Single-Session Therapy?

  • Who is Single-Session Therapy For?

  • On Which Principles Does Single-Session Therapy Rest?

  • When Does Single-Session Therapy Thrive and When Does it Wither?

  • What Constitutes Good and Bad Practice in Single-Session Therapy?

  • How Can Single-Session Therapy Be Disseminated?

  • What is the Process of Single-Session Therapy?

  • Can Clients Be Helped to Prepare for and Get the Most from Single-Session Therapy?

  • What is Covered in Single-Session Therapy?

  • Should Clients be Followed-up in Single-Session Therapy and If So, How?

  • What Doubts, Reservations and Objections Do Counsellors Have Concerning Single-Session Therapy?

With Live Demonstrations of SST by Prof Windy Dryden – you can even experience them as a client, if you volunteer quickly!

With practical exercises to develop new skills.

Course Tutor

Prof Windy Dryden
Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies

Windy Dryden, Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London was one of the first people in the UK to be trained in CBT, and was the first Professor of Counselling in the UK.The author or editor of 200 books and over 700 scholarly articles on CBT and Counselling – from “The Handbook of Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy” through to “Ten Steps To Positive Living”.

He offers a uniquely informed perspective on CBT and psychotherapy as its practiced today and where it is heading in the future.

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