Saturday, September 29th 10am-4pm


SFPRG in the Presidio

9 Funston Ave SF, CA 94129


Despite the claims of various promoters of new therapeutic techniques, there is no evidence supporting the superiority of one technique over another. However, there is ample research data showing that responsiveness to a patient’s particular problems and goals is a strong predictor of effective therapy. In other words, understanding what the patient wants and how they want to use therapy to get it.

Over the past several decades, SFPRG has developed an empirically derived method of case formulation – the Plan Formulation Method (PFM) – that serves as a useful guide for decoding the patient’s plan and offers coaching to the therapist as to how to be most effective.

The PFM provides a simple, reliable, learnable framework for understanding a patient’s conscious and unconscious goals, the pathogenic beliefs or schemas that prevent the patient from pursuing goals, traumatic experiences that contributed to the development of pathogenic beliefs, and how the therapist can optimize responsiveness to the patient’s problems, needs, and goals. In short, it points you towards not just WHAT to do, but HOW to be as a particular person’s therapist. There is research evidence suggesting that therapists who are trained in PFM and use the formulation to guide their interventions are more responsive to their patients and achieve superior therapeutic results.

In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of Control-Mastery case formulation and begin applying it immediately to your cases. You'll learn how to integrate Control-Mastery formulation into your existing manner of working and strengthen the work you're already doing.

In this intro course we will cover:

  • Empirical basis for Control-Mastery, including the multiple lines of research that provide a basis for its approach

  • The Control-Mastery case formulation method and how to use it in your cases

  • Case conference to apply case formulation to your cases, so you leave with applicable, case-relevant information for your current cases

5 continuing education credits available

Instructor:  Trevor Ahrendt, PsyD