Practice Principles

People come to the team with a variety of clinical experiences and beliefs about clinical and social work practice. We believe that there are many strategies employed by practitioners that are highly effective. Yet we also believe it is important to create a practice culture for providers that work with Lighthouse. These include:

 

  1. Cultural considerations are important in considering interventions, and clinicians should enquire about specific adaptations and discuss the importance of a family’s cultural beliefs and values. This can include differences and/or perceived differences between the clinicians and the clients being served.

  2. Clinical approaches should be based on a “bona fide” clinical approach. By bona fide, we mean treatments delivered by trained therapists, based on sound psychological principles and described in publications.

  3. A client’s failure to respond to a modality is not the fault of the client. Clinicians need to be skilled in a variety of strategies to adapt to their clients.

  4. Adaptation is key and is based on the clinician’s ability to seek out and respond to feedback regarding the effectiveness of their interventions and the quality of the therapeutic relationship. The clinician’s self-report is usually insufficient in this regard.

  5. Throughout the course of treatment, we should have a rationale for doing what we are doing session-by-session. This can be defined as “Intentionality”.

  6. Progress monitoring is critical, and if clients are not benefitting from the current intervention, an open discussion should be held to try and assess what needs to change for things to move forward.

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