Key Principles of Therapeutic Change: Knowing What Works

Counselling and psychotherapy are fundamentally about the process of human change. In recent years, research has provided a clearer understanding of the elements involved in change. Establishing a trusting relationship, identifying and exploring client self-identity and goals, and enabling reflective play, are important keys. In this half-day online workshop, Professor O’Hara will report research evidence on what engenders and supports the change process and will provide participants opportunity to explore how to make their practice more effective.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise key elements of therapeutic change and appreciate the interrelatedness of each of these elements
  • Discuss the theory and evidence that relates to each of the elements of therapeutic change
  • Explore ways to incorporate the elements of change into one’s own practice of therapy


Session 1: Reviewing theories of therapeutic change
Session 2: Introducing key elements of therapeutic change
Session 3: Exploring change elements in depth


  • This workshop is usually run as a one-day workshop but is now being offered in half-day sections.
  • The workshop combines research, theoretical input, and discussion exercises .
  • The workshop is appropriate for training and practising counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists and other mental health professionals.

About the Presenter

Professor of Denis O’Hara is a well-known Australia academic and practitioner. He has a background in education, counselling, and psychology and is currently Professor of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Co-Director of the Hope Research and Practice Institute, Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, and the University of the Sunshine Coast. Professor O’Hara has researched extensively in the areas of hope studies and psychotherapeutic change, among other topics, and has published widely. He has written several books on the significance of hope in therapeutic change. He is an experienced teacher and presenter and enjoys providing professional development.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshops
Duration Delivery Mode Pricing Start Dates Location Availability

Venue: Online Platform (Link available on registration)
Time: 10:00-2:00

Online $70

Friday, 24th July

Online Yes
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