First written about in the 1930s, the common factor approach has a long history in the field of psychotherapy. While common factors are imbedded in scientific theory (Laska & Wampold 2014) they are often overlooked for the latest evidence-based practice manual to become available. The most well researched common factor, the therapeutic alliance, is one of the most critical elements of treatment. Therapeutic alliance, as supported by meta-analysis, is a significant predictor of therapy outcome. Alliance itself is comprised of several factors. In this presentation, the presenter will briefly explore the history of common factors and the therapeutic alliance. Participants will explore how clinicians can effectively develop a meaningful therapeutic alliance and the impact this has on treatment outcomes. The presenter will explore the unique factors to eating disorder and body image treatment through an alliance lens.
Friday, December 6, 2019
About Melissa Orshan Spann, PhD:
Melissa Orshan Spann, PhD, is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and clinical supervisor. Dr. Spann is the Chief Clinical Officer at Monte Nido and Affiliates where she oversees the clinical programming and development for Monte Nido, Clementine and Oliver-Pyatt Centers. She is a prolific presenter and has presented nationally on topics related to body image development, eating disorders in the Jewish community, and the intersection of trauma and eating disorders. Dr. Spann is a passionate clinician who has spent her career working in eating disorder higher level of care. She received her Doctoral degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, Master's degree from the University of Miami, and her Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida. She is a native Floridian who lives in Miami with her husband and two incredible kids.
About Oliver Pyatt Centers:
Oliver-Pyatt Centers strive to genuinely connect with each individual, to address the core issues driving the eating disorder, and to provide the tools needed to live a meaningful life, free from food and weight preoccupation. Their treatment for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and Exercise Addiction is therapeutically grounded, and incorporates state-of-the-art approaches, research, outcome data, and up-to-date medical knowledge. Their innovative protocols are based on a thorough understanding of eating disorders and the unique experience of each person affected by one.
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