Control Therapy - The Last Lecture

A PERSONAL NOTE: September, 2014.

Please consider this “last lecture” a metaphorical message in a bottle, dropped into the waves of humanity, hopefully to be found and shared in a way that helps decrease suffering and increases wisdom, compassion, and healing.
~ Deane H. Shapiro, Jr

This template is intended as an introductory lecture template for those in the health and healing professions (psychologists, psychotherapists, physicians, nurses, and, with some modifications, educators) as well as trainees in these fields summarizing over three decades of work on the Principles and Practice of Control Therapy . Control Therapy teaches the role of human control and self-control/self-management/self-regulation in physical health (wellness/behavioral health and self-care), mental health (with specific control profiles of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and several other clinical populations); and relational health (e.g., couples, parent-child, work settings).

  1. Provide an overview of the main points of the principles and practice of Control Therapy, and its relationship to related “constructs” in psychology
    • Development, theory, postulates, definitions
    • Individual assessment including: a person’s unique Control Profile (sense of control, modes of control, agency of control, desire for control), through a multidimensional Control Inventory (SCI), with well-established reliability and validity empirically tested with thousands of individuals in research ranging from content analysis of psychotherapy, patients to neurobiological correlates with PET scans.
    • Examining assaults to sense of control, control stories and dynamics
    • Matching control-enhancing techniques to a client’s control profile, goal, and area of concern, using an assertive/change mode of control; a yielding/ accepting mode of control; or a combination of the two; considering self as agent, others/Other as agent
    • Teaching techniques to enhance self-efficacy beliefs; overcoming resistances to maximize adherence and compliance
    • A systems model to evaluate effectiveness at each phase: assessment, goal-setting, intervention selection, teaching of interventions; to optimize chances for success in re-gaining and maintaining a positive sense of control
  2. Give therapists an opportunity to explore how the role of control in general, and CT in particular, may be applicable to their own preferred theory of personality, theoretical orientation, and system of psychotherapy. Detailing the core competences of each phase of Control Therapy
  3. Raise questions that may be of interest in going forward in terms of theory, research, and practice on control.

NOTE: The Control Research Foundation provides seed grants for research, and funds for lectures and classes on Control Therapy. Grant information can be found under Funding.

The Control Therapy Lecture Template

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Download the slide presentation by professor Shauna Shapiro on the Sense of Control, Four Quadrants and Mindfulness