Darwin as your clinical supervisor

Bringing Evolution principles to the therapy room

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The analogy between behaviors and living organisms has long been recognized in psychology: just like species, behaviors are selected and evolve, reproduce and extinguish, because of their adaptation to their environment.

Evolutionary principles represent a powerful framework in all natural sciences. It’s now time for psychotherapy to benefit from these compelling discoveries of principles governing complex living systems.

In Darwin as your clinical supervisor, Jean-Louis Monestès proposes to go beyond the analogy and to build on evolutionary principles in everyday work with clients. This course will help improving your clinical practice and conducting your clients to the selection of behaviors in direction of what is important for them.

 Learning objectives:

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the central evolutionary principles and their expression at behavioral level
  • Identify the inversion between cause and consequence in selectionist models
  • Describe how behavioral and psychological variabilities determine the selection of adapted behaviors
  • Apply directly some evolutionary principles in their clinical work, notably:

- Bringing variability in clients’ behavioral repertoires

- Managing selection of adapted behaviors in direction of clients important domains of life

- Helping clients evaluating the adaptation of their behaviors to different contexts

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