Our model of training is influenced by three practices:
- We are the creators of the Dyadic-Training Model (DTM). Most training programs are oriented towards the individual or towards the supervisor/supervisee dyad. However, much like the couples we aim to help, in DTM we build on a central core of the equal dyadic pair. Co-therapy, dyadic supervision, dyadic role plays, and learning experiences built around two individuals help practitioners not only learn couples therapy intellectually, but also have the experiential component of relational engagement. We believe this component is vital to becoming a competent relational therapist.
- Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) is an electronically delivered system which solicits feedback and tracks outcome in each therapy session. FIT has been shown to increase outcomes of associate level clinicians by up to 4 times. The accountability of FIT helps Fellows ensure they are providing the highest level of care possible.
- Deliberate Practice involves the precise engagement in skills leading to mastery. Although deliberate practice is employed in many modalities (sports, instrument playing, chess, etc) it is only beginning to be utilized in psychotherapy. To our knowledge, this Fellowship will be the first to employ a central tenant of Deliberate Practice.