Next Hot Topics in Psychology Talk Hones in on Solution-Focused Therapy

The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Psychological Studies (CPS) at NSU will continue the Hot Topics in Psychology series with a talk titled “Hope and Expectancy in Solution-Focused Therapy.” The lecture will take place on Thursday, Feb. 17, from noon to 1:00 p.m., in the Carl DeSantis Building, room 2060.

The common-factors approach has been heavily discussed in recent years in psychotherapy, explored in a variety of different ways. It is commonly accepted that hope and expectancy factors account for roughly 15 percent of outcome variance in psychotherapy.

This presentation, by Michael Reiter, Ph.D., associate professor in the college, and Arlene Brett Gordon, Ph.D., director of the Brief Therapy Institute in NSU’s Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, explores how the therapeutic factor of hope and expectancy plays a role in one specific approach: solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT).

SFBT is parsimoniously designed to utilize this therapeutic factor to help clients develop solutions that increase their expectancy of change and their hope for a positive outcome. Reiter and Gordon will explore how the components of SFBT build upon the common factor of hope and expectancy.

Hot Topics in Psychology is a free brown-bag lecture series that enables students to gain a first-hand perspective of research in specific areas of psychology and also serves to open up potential scholarship collaboration among students and NSU faculty members. Those attending are encouraged to bring their lunches to the talks, providing their own “food for thought.” Pizza also will be served.

For more information, please contact Jaime Tartar, Ph.D., associate professor in the college, at (954) 262-8192 or Sarah Valley-Gray, Psy.D., associate professor in the Center for Psychological Studies.

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