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The University of Nottingham School of Education

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (BST)

Therapist Empathy

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Counselling, Psychotherapy and Trauma Studies Seminar Series 2017/18

Therapist empathy: theory, outcomes and training

Presented by Professor Robert Elliott, Professor of Counselling, University of Strathclyde

Therapist empathy is a key aspect of successful psychotherapy, recognised by a wide range of theoretical orientations but with a wide range of definitions and measures. I first try to clarify the concept of empathy, including its complex nature as well as its role in various theories of the change process in psychotherapy. Following this, I summarise the results of a meta-analysis (n = 82 studies) linking therapist empathy to client outcome, using rigorous meta-analytic practices. We found that empathy was a moderately strong predictor of therapy outcome (mean study level weighted r of .28), generally consistent across theoretical orientation and strongest for client-perceived empathy. Empathic accuracy measures did not predict outcome. However, there was much variability between studies, the sources of which are not clear. More critically, a continuing controversy exists over the lack of direct evidence for the causal role of therapist empathy in client change in psychotherapy. I discuss ways in which we could get closer to assessing the causal role of empathy in client therapy outcomes. I conclude with a discussion of approaches to teaching empathy, including a new microskills-based approach.

Robert Elliott, PhD, is Professor of Counselling at the University of Strathclyde. Before moving to Scotland in 2006, he was Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Toledo (Ohio). He is co-author of Facilitating emotional change (1993), Learning emotion-focused psychotherapy (2004), and Research methods in clinical psychology (2002), plus more than 150 journal articles and book chapters. He is past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and previously co-edited the journals Psychotherapy Research, and Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. He has received the Distinguished Research Career Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the Carl Rogers Award from the Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

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LT1, Exchange Building
Jubilee Campus
University of Nottingham
NG8 1BB Nottingham
United Kingdom

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (BST)

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