top of page

Therapeutic relationships and responsiveness: Evidence-based practices

Prof. John Norcross

Wednesday, 16 October 2024


Clinical experience and controlled research consistently demonstrate that the therapy relationship and patient fit account for more outcome than the particular treatment method. 

The event will be equivalent to 2 hrs of CPD.


This webinar will review the meta-analytic research and clinical practices compiled by an interdivisional American Psychological Association task force on (1) effective elements of the therapy relationship, (2) effective transdiagnostic methods of personalizing or adapting therapy to the individual patient, and (3) discredited relationship behaviors. Discover how research and practice converge in relational responsiveness that demonstrably improves treatment success.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify at least 3 therapist relational behaviours that improve the effectiveness of psychotherapy
2. Describe 3 transdiagostic personalizing methods that enhance treatment outcomes
3. Detect the use of discredited relationship behaviours that contribute to dropout and failure

Training Modalities

Didactic presentation, PowerPoint slides, Question & Answer periods.

Key References

Norcross, J. C., & Lambert, M. J. (Eds.). (2019). Psychotherapy relationships that work: Evidence-based therapist contributions (3rd ed). Volume 1 -- Relationships. Oxford University Press.

Norcross, J. C., & Wampold, B. E. (Eds.). (2019). Psychotherapy relationships that work: Evidence-based responsiveness (3rd ed). Volume 2 – Responsiveness. Oxford University Press.

Norcross, J.C., Hogan, T. P., & Koocher, G. P. (2017). Clinician’s guide to evidence-based practices: Behavioral health and addiction. Oxford University Press.

Norcross, J. C., & Cooper, M. (2021). Personalizing psychotherapy: Assessing and accommodating patient preferences. American Psychological Association.

Hill, C. E., & Norcross, J. C. (2023). (Eds.). Psychotherapy methods and skills that work. Oxford University Press.

About the presenter

An internationally recognized expert on behaviour change and psychotherapy, John C. Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP, is Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of Scranton, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and a board-certified clinical psychologist. Author of more than 400 scholarly publications, Dr. Norcross has co-written or edited 22 books, most of them in multiple editions. These include the 5-volume APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy Relationships that Work, Personalizing Psychotherapy, Handbook of Psychotherapy Integration, Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice in Behavioural Health, Leaving It at the Office: Psychotherapist Self-Care, the Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical & Counselling Psychology, and Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis, now in its 9th edition. He also published the acclaimed self-help books, Changeology and Changing for Good (with Prochaska & DiClemente). Dr. Norcross maintained a part-time practice of clinical psychology for 35 years, but now restricts himself to training and supervision. Dr. Norcross has been elected president of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of Clinical Psychology, the APA Division of Psychotherapy, the International Society of Clinical Psychology, and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists as well as on APA’s governing Council of Representatives. Dr. Norcross edited the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session for a decade and has been on the editorial boards of a dozen journals. A Fellow of 10 professional associations, he has been honoured with APA’s Distinguished Career Contributions to Education & Training Award, the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation, the Rosalee Weiss Award from the American Psychological Foundation, and election to the National Academies of Practice. An engaging teacher and clinician, John has conducted workshops and lectures in 40 countries.

Who should attend

All those interested in providing therapeutic relationships and personalized treatments that work. No specific exclusion criteria; all are welcome.

Details coming soon

bottom of page