Lilian C. J. WongLilian C. J. Wong, Ph.D., was Associate Professor and School Counselling Coordinator of the MA Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology, Trinity Western University, B.C., and Associate Professor of Psychology at Tyndale University College, Toronto.

She is internationally recognized for her research in multicultural competencies in supervision, and ethical issues in cross-cultural counseling and psychological assessment. She has developed the meaning-centered approach to Play Therapy. She is co-editor of: The Handbook in Multicultural Perspectives on Stress and Coping (2006); The Positive Psychology of Meaning and Spirituality (2007); and The Positive Psychology of Meaning and Addiction Recovery (2013).

She is on the Steering Committee of the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners, and Vice President of Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute Inc. (MCCI). She was co-chair (2011-2013) for the Supervision and Training Section of The Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) of The American Psychological Association (APA). Currently, she is teaching a popular course on the Safe and Effective Use of Self in Psychotherapy, as a requirement for the forthcoming College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Workshop Title: Safe and Effective Use of the Self in Psychotherapy

Workshop Description: 

The outcomes of psychotherapy depend to a great extent on the relationship between client and therapist. The therapeutic relationship is essential for the client’s growth and making healthy changes. Therefore, therapists need to have the knowledge and training to practice safe and effective use of self in therapy.

This workshop examines the empirical evidence on the impact of the personal qualities of the therapist on the outcome, and introduces the skills needed for the therapist to attain a secure sense of the self and to know how and when to use self-disclosure, authenticity and counter-transference to facilitate healing and well-being in the client. The workshop will briefly explore the effective use of self from three theoretical perspectives which stress the personal qualities of the therapist: psychoanalysis, humanistic-existential psychology and cross-cultural psychology.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  1. The empirical and theoretical basis for the importance of personal qualities of the therapist.
  2. The skills needed to attain self-understanding, self-acceptance and personal growth for the therapists.
  3. Effective use of self-closure to build trust
  4. Effective use of transference and counter-transference
  5. Effective use of ethnic-cultural identity in cross-cultural counselling