The Tyranny of Technique: Where “Evidence-Based” Interventions Fail – Dr. Dan Gottlieb

Presenter: Dr. Dan Gottlieb

When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm | 3 CEs
(Registration 10-10:30am)
Location: Lankenau Hospital, Auditorium
Main Entrance- Lobby A
100 East Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, PA 19096
Parking included, Garage B
Click here to register by mail.

Conference Summary

This interactive workshop is designed for social workers and mental health professionals at all stages of their careers. Dr. Gottlieb will address how evidence-based techniques can help, but sometimes may also do harm to our clients. As a group, we will address how and why clinicians may treat a DSM-V diagnosis but may overlook the client's humanity. Dr. Gottlieb will discuss the situations where evidence-based techniques are most effective and where they interfere. We will talk about whether or not homework is helpful or harmful, depending on the client and the therapist. This conference will also explore the use of self, and the idea that the therapists’ vulnerability might be the only way to create a safe environment.

Invited Presenter

Dan began his practice in 1969 as the only psychologist on a 30 bed locked psychiatric unit. He received his real education from an elderly patient with a lifetime of schizophrenia. Through word and through deed, she taught him that there are humans behind labels and that labels don't describe people but are more likely to hide their humanity.

After his initial job, he went on to specialize in addiction treatment and ran one of the first addiction centers under the new Community Mental Health system. He was successful and, even though a young professional, he had gained a great deal of respect from the addiction community.

At the time, he was married and had two young daughters under the age of six. He was blissfully happy on the morning of December 20, 1979 when he kissed all three of them goodbye and walked to his car to go to work. Those would be the last steps he would ever take as a car accident that day rendered him quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down.

After years of despair and clinical depression, he went on to resume his private psychotherapy practice. For 30 years he hosted a weekly radio show, Voices in the Family, on WHYY (Philadelphia's NPR affiliate). He recently stepped down and began doing six NPR specials a year. For 15 years, he wrote a highly regarded column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is the author of five books including the international bestseller: "Letters to Sam: a Grandfather's Lessons on Love, Loss and the Gifts of Life".

Dan has devoted his life to teaching kindness and compassion for self and others.


  1. Participants will explore new ways of conceptualizing patient needs
  2. Participants will learn how some treatment techniques may harm the treatment process
  3. Participants will discuss how and when to use techniques
  4. Participants will examine the utility of their own vulnerability


10:00 AM - 10:30 AM     Registration & Coffee
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM      Lecture and Q&A
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM      Lunch and informal Discussion
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM      Open Discussion about Use of Self and the Patient Therapist Relationship

Registration Information

You may register for this conference by completing the registration form and mailing it with a check or credit card information to the PSCSW office; or you may register online with a credit card at Participation may be limited due to space constraints, so we encourage early registration, for which there is a discount. All conference fees include a CE certificate. If you need to cancel after you have registered, refunds (minus a $15 administrative fee) will be issued prior to the program date.

Continuing Education
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 3 CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 3 CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for 3 clinical credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).
FOR DELAWARE SOCIAL WORKERS: Presenter(s) have a minimum of 2 (two) years of practical application and/or research experience pertaining to the subject matter of this presentation. Please consult section 7.2.5 of the rules of the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners to determine if this course is in conformance with state regulations.

PSCSW is authorized to provide CE Credits to participants who attend programs in their entirety, in this case from 10:30 AM until 1:30 PM.

Time will be strictly enforced.

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  • October 13, 2018
    10:30 am - 1:30 pm