Control-mastery Theory – Application to Practice

Winter 2016(6)Instructor: Jo Nol, PhD, MS, LCSW

April 3 – June 26, 2017        38 CECs
9 am – 3:30 pm (except 9-12 on 6/26/2017)

Location: School of Social Work, West Hartford, CT
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Control-mastery theory (CMT) is a cognitive, psychodynamic, relational theory of psychotherapy that provides an empirically supported and effective approach for therapists to help clients overcome the barriers to their well-being. It provides a ways to understand some of the places psychotherapists can become “stuck” or feel ineffective in their work.

At the conclusion of this 38 hour certificate program, you will:

  • Understand the basic elements of the theory of Control-mastery
  • Practice developing plan formulations
  • Identify common transference and countertransference reactions and learn to utilize them
  • Practice identifying specific tests posed by clients
  • Learn the role of trauma from the Control-mastery perspective
  • Work with others to develop strategies for responding to various tests
  • Use case material to practice application of concepts central to the theory
  • Learn how the clinician’s self-care is essential to working successfully with clients

The goal of the certificate program is to enable participants to understand, discuss, and utilize Control-mastery Theory with a wide range of client populations – couples, individuals, children, and adolescents – and issues – depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and relationship issues, including infidelity.


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