Socratic skills provide a robust framework for creating lasting and meaningful change for clients. In fact, research has found that the effective use of Socratic dialogue predicts symptom change and is associated with more robust therapy outcomes (Farmer et al., 2017). For clinicians, the utilization of intentional and skillful Socratic questions can facilitate accurate assessment, sophisticated case conceptualization, collaborative treatment planning, and can cultivate effective and lasting therapy outcomes. For clients, Socratic dialogue opens up a world of self-inquiry, self-evaluation, motivation, and empowerment.
There is evidence that Socratic strategies are some of the most challenging skills to implement effectively, even for seasoned clinicians. This course will provide practical instruction to clinicians seeking to harness the power of Socratic dialogue during multiple stages of care – from assessment, to case conceptualization, to treatment and motivation enhancement. This course will provide essential tools to engage in the Socratic process and will provide concrete guidance regarding Socratic questions, rationale for questions, and pacing.
Total running time 105 minutes. 1.5 Hours CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive).
Content Advisory: To protect client confidentiality, case examples may include fictionalized elements.
Describe at least six elements that define Socratic dialogue
Differentiate between at least four types of Socratic questions
Apply at least four different Socratic questions based on their intended functions
Apply Socratic Dialogue in at least five clinical situations
1. Overview of Socratic dialogue
2. Socratic dialogue process
3. Socratic dialogue content
4. Clinical applications
b. Case conceptualization
c. Treatment planning
e. Motivation and engagement
Format and Length:
Recorded video format (non-interactive). Total running time 105 minutes. Progress is saved after each lesson section so you can complete the course in multiple sittings. Please note that if you leave the course in the middle of a video, quiz, or survey section you may be required to start that section from the beginning.
Intermediate. This course assumes significant familiarity and experience with evidence-based approaches to trauma treatment, and builds on that existing knowledge base.
To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.
Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:
After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.
Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.
Publication and Review Dates:
Course Published: August 27, 2021
Financial Support Statement:
SimplePractice pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.
Conflict of Interest Statement:
There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.
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Continuing Education Approvals:
SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1.5 hours of continuing education (1.5 CE credits) for psychologists.
SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
SimplePractice, #1749, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Simple Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/06/2021 – 07/06/2024. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education credits in the Clinical topic area.
SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.
SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.
SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0030.
SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0091.
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This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.