Promoting Recovery in People with Psychotic Spectrum Disorders
Training in Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy (MERIT) with Prof Paul Lysaker
Webinar: 11 and 25 June 2022 - 8.00am - 12.00pm
Optional Supervision of MERIT-Informed Practice: 2 July, 16 July, 30 July and 6 August 8.00 am 10.00am (limited to 6 participants)
Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy (MERIT) is a form of integrative individual psychotherapy that seeks to assist adults diagnosed with psychosis to make sense and meaning of the challenges and possibilities in their lives and to find ways to manage these and direct their own recovery.
Building from advances in both cognitive and interpersonal research, MERIT seeks to expand the boundaries of cognitive-behavioral, personal centered and psychodynamic approaches to treatment by focusing on how persons make sense of their experiences of their own purposes and place in the world allowing the development of a sense of belonging to our larger communities. In contrast to other approaches, MERIT focuses on core processes that should be present in a given session, rather than a predetermined curriculum. This allows for a therapy to be truly tailored to meet the needs of unique individuals in real world clinics while also unlocking therapists’ unique potential for creativity as they seek to jointly make meaning with the person diagnosed with psychosis.
This webinar will present the scientific basis for MERIT as well as detailed descriptions of its practice allowing practitioners to begin to think about how to integrate this approach into their practice. Clinical examples will be offered.
By the end of the introductory workshop, you will be able to:
1. Articulate the theory underpinning MERIT
2. Elicit a client agenda informing the approach
3. Demonstrate capacity to attend to your own thoughts in promoting therapist transparency
4. Elicit meaningful narrative episodes
5. Define and agreeing on problems to be addressed in the therapy
6. Develop ways on including the therapist-client interaction as part of the approach
7. Elicit the client’s reflections on their aims of the therapy consistent with a recovery model
8. Promote metacognition by stimulating the patients to think about their own and other’s thinking
9. Simulate the patient’s ability to use knowledge of themself and others to respond to social or psychological problems
About the Presenter
Paul H Lysaker is a clinical psychologist who received his doctorate from Kent State University in 1991. He has over 35 years of experience providing and supervising recovery-oriented forms of psychosocial interventions to adults diagnosed with psychosis. He is also an active researcher and teacher with over 20 years of federal funding for projects related to recovery and the practice of psychosocial rehabilitation. This work has resulted in over 500 peer reviewed publications to date and several books. His latest book is Recovery, Meaning-Making, and Severe Mental Illness: A Comprehensive Guide to Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy, co-authored with Reid Klion. Paul is the primary architect of an emerging recovery-oriented form of integrative psychotherapy: Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy.