Disaster Response: A Call for Relational Responsiveness

Saliha Bava, PhD

Thursday, April 7, 2022

The pandemic and climate crises are making visible the chronic disasters of racial injustices, widening economic disparities, and other social inequities. Disasters call out for a response from us to connect and help in the face of crises. Our resilience is fostered in community. Coming together as a community is a social process that protects us and fosters our personal and collective resilience. Similarly, as a profession, we are called into response.

As systemic therapists what are we being called into? How might we be relationally responsive? What does it mean to think systemically in response to natural and human disasters? How might we, as couple and family therapists, organize to shape disaster response and recovery from a systemic, relational perspective? Participants will learn how we can respond as therapists and how to organize as a profession.

Our marriage and family therapy training positions us to engage in a systemic response to disasters. We should be at the table but we are not. Learn how to enhance our relational mindset and skills, transposing them from the clinical to the community context. Learn how an engaged community response is a socio-culturally attuned ethical clinical response. We will learn how as a profession to organize, respond, and mitigate disasters. Drawing on our collective experience as well as research, disaster response, and examples, we will explore pathways to expand our impact on families, couples, and individuals we serve.

About Dr. Saliha Bava
Saliha has 20+ years of experience in human and organizational development, diversity, and collaboration. She was elected to the American Family Therapy Academy‘s (AFTA) Board of Directors (2012-2018). Saliha is an Associate Professor at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mercy College at Dobbs Ferry, an online faculty member in MS Relational Leading Program at Taos Institute, and advisor at the Taos Doctoral Program. She is a Taos Institute Associate and is currently the Director of Research and consultant to the International Trauma Studies Program, affiliated with Columbia University. Saliha received her PhD in Human Development with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech. She has completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders from Stanford Graduate School of Business. As the former associate director of Houston Galveston Institute, she focused on organization development, community engagement, and leadership in addition to therapy, training, and research. She is the founding board member of the International Certificate in Collaborative-Dialogic Practices.



Better Results: Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Effectiveness

Scott Miller, PhD

Friday, April 8, 2022

What can mental health professionals do to enhance their performance? Available evidence makes clear that attending a typical continuing education workshop, specializing in the treatment of a particular problem, or learning a new treatment model does little to improve effectiveness. In fact, studies to date indicate clinical effectiveness actually declines with time and experience in the field. The key to improved performance is engaging in deliberate practice. At this workshop, the latest research on deliberate practice will be translated into concrete steps all clinicians can immediately apply in their efforts to achieve better results.

Educational Objectives:

  • Demonstrate learning of the evidence-based supporting the use of the deliberate practice to improve therapeutic effectiveness.
  • Discuss a valid and reliable method for assessing the baseline level of effectiveness.
  • Discuss a valid and reliable method for identifying performance improvement opportunities unique to each individual practitioner’s clinical practice.

About Dr. Scott Miller

Scott D. Miller, Ph.D. is a co-founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence, an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavior health.  Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results.  He is one of a handful of "invited faculty" whose work, thinking, and research are featured at the prestigious "Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference."  His humorous and engaging presentation style and command of the research literature consistently inspire practitioners, administrators, and policymakers to make effective changes in service delivery.

Scott is the author of numerous articles and co-author of Working with the Problem Drinker: A Solution Focused Approach (with Insoo Berg [Norton, 1992]), The "Miracle" Method: A Radically New Approach to Problem Drinking (with Insoo Kim Berg [Norton, 1995]), Finding the Adult Within: A Solution-Focused Self-Help Guide (with Barbara McFarland [Brief Therapy Center Press, 1995]), Handbook of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Foundations, Applications, and Research (with Mark Hubble and Barry Duncan [Jossey-Bass, 1996]), Escape from Babel: Toward a Unifying Language for Psychotherapy Practice (with Mark Hubble and Barry Duncan [Norton, 1997]), Psychotherapy with Impossible Cases: Efficient Treatment of Therapy Veterans (with Mark Hubble and Barry Duncan [Norton, 1997]), The Heart and Soul of Change (with Mark Hubble and Barry Duncan [APA Press, 1999] and Bruce Wampold [2nd Edition, 2010]), The Heroic Client: A Revolutionary Way to Improve Effectiveness through Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed Therapy (with Barry Duncan [Jossey-Bass, 2000], and Jacqueline Sparks [Revised, 2004]), The ICCE Feedback Informed Treatment and Training Manuals (ICCE Press, 2012), The Cycle of Excellence (Wiley, 2017), Feedback Informed Treatment (APA, 2017), and Better Results: Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Therapeutic Effectiveness (APA, 2020).