MULTITHEORETICAL TREATMENT RESOURCES
Multitheoretical Psychotherapy (MTP) provides a practical method for integrating ideas and strategies from different theories of psychotherapy. Chapter Three of the MTP textbook (Brooks-Harris, 2008, p. 94-103) describes a step-by-step method of Integrative Treatment Planning [link to Lesson Four document]. Chapter Eleven (BH08, p. 414-453) applies the multitheoretical approach to the treatment of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and health problems. The documents provided here will help you use ideas and concepts from MTP to prepare for treatment with individual clients.
Focus Marker Checklist
As clients tell their stories and describe their concerns, counselors can listen for markers that indicate that it would be helpful to focus on particular dimensions. This checklist provides a method for counselors to think about what they have heard. It should be noted that this treatment planning step is optional and is less important than conducting a multidimensional survey (described next).
Multidimensional Survey Worksheet
The most effective way to prepare for multitheoretical treatment is to review seven dimensions of functioning that often form the focus of psychotherapy (thoughts, actions, feelings, biology, interpersonal patterns, social systems, cultural contexts). This handout can be given to a client to fill out between sessions and/or can be reviewed together during a counseling session. The result is a comprehensive description of a client's presenting concern. After surveying all seven dimensions, a therapist and client can collaboratively identify two or three focal dimensions to explore in more depth.
Formulating a multitheoretical conceptualization involves using more than one theoretical perspective to describe the same client. Theoretical models that highlight different focal dimensions can be used as complementary viewpoints. This handout summarizes key concepts from seven theoretical models that are described in more detail in the MTP textbook (Brooks-Harris, 2008).
Catalog of Key Strategies Summary
MTP describes almost 100 distinct strategies drawn from seven theoretical approaches. This handout lists all of the strategies and can be used to quickly identify strategies that may be useful (or have been used) with a particular client. These strategies are described in more detail in the MTP textbook (Brooks-Harris, 2008).