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"I recall being an intern and going to supervision every week wanting to try some new intervention. I expected my clients to respond immediately to any intervention I used and if they did not improve right away, I wanted to change the treatment plan. I always thought that I had good rationales for my new plans. My supervisor at the time, Howard Kassinove, told me that I had to stick to a treatment plan for 10 weeks before I could change it. In supervision, I could discuss how I implemented the plan and the techniques, but he would not entertain any changes until I stuck with the plan for a period of ten weeks. My clients did improve more than when I jumped from plan to plan This advice helped me remain on task and follow through with a plan. It also helped me have more realistic interventions concerning how fast change occurs. I think about it often and pass it forward to my supervisees."

Contributor: Raymond DiGiuseppe


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