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Implementing the Integrative STAIRCaSE Model in Psychotherapy: Case Formulation Grounded in Transtherapeutic Principles

  • 07/17/2024
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Virtual


  • 1.5 CE Credits included for non-members (Note: Consider PBTA membership instead to receive best value)
  • Includes 1.5 CE Credit for current PBTA members
  • No CE for student level of registration

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Lifetime Award CE event, Marvin "Marv" Goldfried, Ph.D. is joined by collaborator Catherine Eubanks, Ph.D. to demonstrate the STAIRCaSE model of case formulation (CF) for individual psychotherapy clients. This model is grounded in Transtherapeutic Principles that lie between theory and technique. A principle-based approach to psychotherapy aims to enhance clinicians’ abilities to help their clients by focusing on principles of change that are shared across theoretical orientations and that have empirical support.  This approach provides a transtheoretical framework that encourages therapists to enact these evidence-based principles in a flexible, responsive way that is tailored to the needs of the individual patient.  In this workshop, five common principles of change discussed will include: (1) fostering the patient’s hope, positive expectations, and motivation; (2) fostering the therapeutic alliance; (3) increasing the patient’s awareness and insight; (4) encouraging corrective experiences; and (5) emphasizing ongoing reality testing.  These are integrated into a transtheoretical approach for CF that can guide therapists seeking to employ these principles.  This approach will be illustrated with case material.

If you have attended previous virtual CE events grounded in the work of Dr. Goldfried & his collaborators, you will recognize the principles and CF approach covered in the readings. If not ,be sure to read below article & chapter from co-presenters before this INTERMEDIATE level training.

CE Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • 1)      Describe five common principles of change
  • 2)      Describe how to use the STAIRCaSE model to develop an individual case formulation

Suggested Reading (click for PDF)

Eubanks, C. F., & Goldfried, M. R. (2019). A principle-based approach to psychotherapy integration. Handbook of psychotherapy integration, 3, 88-104.

Twomey, C., O'Reilly, G., & Goldfried, M. R. (2023). Consensus on the perceived presence of transtheoretical principles of change in routine psychotherapy practice: A survey of clinicians and researchers. Psychotherapy, 60, 219-224.

Suggested Reading from previous PBTA journal clubs

 "Obtaining Consensus in Psychotherapy: What Holds Us Back?"


Marvin R. Goldfried, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at Stony Brook University. He investigates the process of change in  psychotherapy, comparing different theoretical orientations for both common and unique processes. He is cofounder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration;  founding Editor of In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice; Past President of the  Society for Psychotherapy Research; and recipient of the American Psychological  Association (APA) Division of Clinical Psychology's 1998 award for Distinguished  Research Contributions to Clinical Psychology, the Division of Psychotherapy's  award for Distinguished Psychologist in the year 2000, the 2001 APA Award for  Distinguished Contributions to Knowledge, the 2002 Division 1 States Award for  Contributions Toward Unifying Psychology, the 2003 Association for the Advancement  of Behavior Therapy Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions, the 2004 APA Award  from the Society for the Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues, and the 2005  Society for Psychotherapy Research Distinguished Career Award. Recipient of the 2018 APA/American Psychological Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for the Application of Psychology.

He also is committed to clinical and research issues associated with  gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, and has developed a network of psychologists who have come out in open support of their lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender family members.  (For more information about AFFIRM: Psychologists Affirming their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,  and Transgender Family, see:

Above is excerpted from About Dr. Goldfried

Catherine F. Eubanks, Ph.D.

Dr. Eubanks is a Professor at the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University and co-Director of the Center for Alliance-Focused Training.  Her research focuses on how to help therapists identify and repair ruptures in the therapeutic alliance.  Dr. Eubanks is a past president of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), a Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy/APA Division 29, past Executive Officer of the North American chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), and a previous recipient of early career awards from both Division 29 and SPR.  She currently serves as Managing Editor of the journal Psychotherapy Research and previously served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology (JCCP).  She has published over 80 journal articles and book chapters, co-authored one book, co-edited one book, and served as an associate editor for the recently published APA Handbook of Psychotherapy.

Dr. Eubanks is donating Honorarium for today's training to:

Target Audience

This presentation is intended for licensed mental health professionals and  graduate student trainees. The instructional level of this presentation is INTERMEDIATE.

Continuing Education

  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • This program provides one and a half (1.5) hours of CE credits.
  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association is also approved by the NY State Education Department to offer psychology continuing education
  • PBTA is also an authorized provider of CE credits for Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Social Workers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.
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