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Best Practices for Providing Student Feedback in Skillsetter

Learn how to provide quality, tailored feedback to effectively optimize student skills

by Bruce Wampold on January 20, 2022

Receiving feedback is essential for learning and perfecting any skill. For many activities, feedback comes from the consequences of our actions. A novice skier might learn to...

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How Much Work is it to Use Skillsetter in My Class?

A simple task guide for instructors and students

by Bruce Wampold on December 8, 2021

Getting started with Skillsetter is easy—but you may still be wondering: How much time and effort does it take instructors to use Skillsetter? What about for students?

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How to Use Skillsetter for Treatment-specific Classes & Workshops

Your guide to fully-leveraging Skillsetter while teaching specific treatment skills in counseling and therapy

by Bruce Wampold on May 10, 2021

Skillsetter is an education software designed to produce more effective psychotherapists. It has applications across various classes including treatment-specific classes or workshops (described here), basic skills classes, and supervision.

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How to Use Skillsetter for Supervision

Your guide to maximizing course effectiveness while using Skillsetter for skills in counseling and therapy supervision

by Bruce Wampold on April 15, 2021 is an electronic platform for learning therapy skills. It is based on established psychotherapy evidence that suggests the following...

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How to Use Skillsetter in a Basic Skills Class

Your guide to achieving optimal course impact while using Skillsetter for basic psychotherapy skills

by Bruce Wampold on March 10, 2021

Skillsetter is an electronic platform for learning therapy skills. It has applications across various counseling class types, including basic skills classes (described here), supervision classes, and treatment-specific classes. The advantages of using Skillsetter in a basic therapist skills class include the following...

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Why Individual Feedback Is Essential For Psychotherapy Students

And the best way to deliver that feedback.

by Skillsetter on February 12, 2021

In his ground-breaking 2007 paper called “The Making of an Expert,” Anders Ericsson wrote, “The development of expertise requires coaches who are capable of giving constructive, even painful, feedback. Real experts are extremely motivated students who seek out such feedback.” The Swedish-born cognitive psychologist is regarded as the expert on experts and before his passing in 2020 at the age of 73, he amassed a library of research about deliberate practice and how feedback is a critical element to develop expertise in an area.

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Skill Building in Alliance Rupture Repair for Psychotherapy Courses

How Skillsetter targets alliance rupture repair skills and what it means for future patient outcomes

by Bruce Wampold on January 13, 2021

Psychotherapy is a complex endeavor. A therapist meets with a client typically once a week for approximately one hour. This relatively brief interaction produces remarkable benefits. Indeed, there is convincing evidence that psychotherapy is an effective treatment for a variety of mental health disorders and psychological problems.

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3 Reasons Why Psychotherapy Is Not Progressing As a Field

Psychotherapy has been proven to work. Yet research shows the field has stagnated and the fault lies with our learning institutions. This is why.

by Skillsetter on December 3, 2020

When he was pitching his idea for a children’s theme park, American-icon Walt Disney was turned down over 300 times by various bankers and financiers. It’s a hard statistic to believe, especially considering over 150 million people make annual visits to Disneylands in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Tokyo as well as Disney World in Florida. According to Walt Disney, being rejected that many times by financial institutions helped him hone his ideas and in so doing, he revolutionized the theme-park landscape.

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How Dr. Jesse Owen Helped Shape Skillsetter

As a respected researcher and psychologist, Dr. Jesse Owen is partially responsible for introducing the concept of cultural humility to the realm of psychotherapy education.

by Skillsetter on November 15, 2020

For a guy who was just awarded $2 million, Dr. Jesse Owen is remarkably down-to-earth. He’s speaking on the phone from his home in Denver, Colorado, about the weather, the hikes he’s done this summer, and what it was like growing up in Indiana. It’s the type of conversation you’d enjoy with a neighbour, but in this case unique phrases such as “confirmation bias” and “cognitive complexity” are being used liberally. Also, your neighbour would probably be more interested in talking about the multi-million dollar grant they were given versus the unseasonably warm temperatures.

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What Is Cultural Humility and How to Foster It?

An in-depth look at the importance of cultural humility as it applies to the training of psychotherapists

by Skillsetter on October 21, 2020

What three adjectives come to mind when you hear the words “Trump supporter”? This question is part of a lesson plan Dr. Jesse Owen teaches around the concept of cultural humility, and he says that most therapists-in-training have a reaction when asked. “It’s really interesting because the reactions can be strong and in a lot of cases negative,” he says. “But let’s take a deeper look. Is everyone who supports Trump a racist, for example? Where do those beliefs come from? And if you’re a psychotherapist, what would you do if you were sitting across from a client and they told you they were a Trump supporter?”

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