NP0018 Becoming a Smarter Therapist

This blog focuses on discussion regarding the course NP0018 Becoming a Smarter Therapist.

NP0018, Smarter Therapist, Session 2, Etienne Wenger


How is a community of practice different than solitary learning? Etienne Wenger, a noted pioneer in exploring the processes of social learning, will explain why the key learning processes and relationships are starkly different from formal curricula and standard learning methods. He’ll discuss why individual clinicians need the support of communities in order to problem-solve, gain perspective on their practice and their clients, and to truly keep up-to-date with new methods.

We hope you come away from this session with Etienne Wenger with a new perspective and understanding of how communities should play an important role in your therapeutic practice. One way to begin acting upon this new way of thinking is to really engage in the Comment Boards throughout this series. As you’ll see after hearing from Etienne Wenger, there’s a difference between learning and reflecting on what you’ve learned inwardly, and sharing your thoughts and experiences with peers. Please take just a few minutes to comment on what you found most interesting about the presentation, your experience, and to ask any questions you may have. As always, if you have any technical questions, just email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

04.26.2012   Posted In: NP0018 Becoming a Smarter Therapist   By Psychotherapy Networker
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  • Not available avatar Marian Sheppard, LMFT 04.27.2012 18:26
    As I listen to Etienne Wenger, I am thinking that our professional associations need to hear him to gain ideas to make these organizations more meaningful in the 21st century.
  • Not available avatar Donna W 04.29.2012 18:59
    I have been involved in what Etienne Wenger describes as Communities of Practice. They can be incredibly stimulating and motivating. Within them, the learning potential and contribution one can make is of great significance. I particularly liked what he said about how they allow you to have a 'voice' because often we may feel that we do not have a voice. I hope to always be involved in a Community of Practice. Thank you for the information.
  • Not available avatar Graham Hocking 04.30.2012 09:58
    Refreshing presentation Etienne. I think the community of practice ties in with what Scott Miller talks about in what makes a "smarter therapist". There is a place for formal course work particularly in initial training but being part of a community of practice is what will lead to the development of skills rather than stagnation. Scott was pointing out that further formal learning or workshops doesn't usually lead to any improvement in practice but following the principles of community of practice does.
    Graham Hocking Australia
  • Not available avatar Fran 04.30.2012 10:46
    The isolation one can feel in this profession can undermine us and contribute to compassion fatigue. When I participate in learning communities I am a better,more confident therapist. The attachment to other therapists is very reassurring as well as educative. When I ask colleagues if they are interested in forming such a group most say their time constraints do not allow for it. It is my hope that beyond formal workshops and conferences therapists would become more available and willing to form peer and self -study groups.
  • Not available avatar Sujati, Canada 05.01.2012 11:54
    Merci beaucoup Etienne,
    it was a really refreshing webinar, inspirational and mind-opening. I definitely am gonna try out some of the suggestions in a new group I'm involved in!
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