Dr. Len Sperry, M.D., Ph.D. , is Professor of Mental Health Counseling and Director of Clinical Training at Florida Atlantic University. He has taught, practiced, researched, and written about mental health counseling for more than 30 years. He is the editor of two major clinical journals and is on the editorial boards of 12 others. Among his 1000+ professional publications are 80 professional books, including titles such as Mental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments and Psychopathology and Psychotherapy: DSM-5 Diagnosis, Case Conceptualization and Treatment.
- Case conceptualization: research effective methods of increasing the competency of trainees and practicing counselors how to conceptualize cases. Case conceptualization is known as the “heart of evidence-based practice” and is considered the most important counseling skill and competency.
- Pattern-focused counseling and psychotherapy: research various elements of counseling interventions that effect client change by replacing maladaptive patterns with more adaptive patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
- Spiritually-oriented counseling and psychotherapy: research counseling interventions that are sensitive to the religious and spiritual needs of clients.
- Integrated health care counseling: develop training programs and research the emerging role of counselors in primary care medical settings.