Cooking Slowly: Where is Psychotherapy Practice Headed? And Do We Want to Go There?


by Chris D. Cooper, PhD

2.0 hours of CE Credit                 Cost = $20.00

Cost includes all course materials: booklet (which you download) and test.

Introductory Level
18-question true/false + multiple choice test

This 36-page booklet is based on a presentation made by Dr. Cooper on June 6, 2014 at Children’s Friend, Inc. of Worcester, MA.  It begins with some thoughts about culture and paradigms, and uses an old story about a frog sitting in water that is slowly heated until he cooks without noticing as the metaphor for what is happening now in psychology and the practice of psychotherapy.  Included are sections about how we come to know what we know and what exactly drives scientific discovery in the directions it seems to automatically take.  It looks at incentives such at the 2014 B.R.A.I.N. Initiative and funding for scientific projects, and considers both the upside of the current focus on the brain and neuroscience as well as exploring the considerable downside.  In addition, some alternative ways of viewing mental health treatment are considered.

 1.    Introduction
 2.    How Do We Know What We Know?
 3.    Reductionistic Materialism and the Medical Model
 4.    So What? And Who Cares?
 5.    Mind and Brain
 6.    Integrating Mind and Body (oh, and spirit, too)
 7.    What are Alternative Directions?
32 pages of text + Figure credits and 2 pages of references

Intermediate level

18-question true/false + multiple choice test

3.0 hours of CE Credit

Course objectives:

After taking this course readers will be able to

  1.    Describe at least two ways in which we learn to see the world the way we do.

  2.    Explain how the concepts of paradigm and culture relate to each other.
  3.    Give at least two example of how knowledge of brain function is helpful in clinical practice and two examples of how focus on mind as brain can be a hindrance.

  4.    Clearly state at least two reasons for their view about whether psychotherapy should move more towards the allopathic medical model or not.

Chris D. Cooper, PhD holds a Masters Degree in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California as well as Bachelors Degrees from Boston University (Psychology) and Wellesley College (Art History).  She taught as an Instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College for eight years, has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level on the adjunct faculty at the University of La Verne (California) and is currently in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist in Pasadena, California.  She is the founder of Illuminated Education and a frequent presenter in Illuminated Education live workshops.