Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology: The Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy

Event Type: Workshop

Event Theme: Evidence-based Practice

Speaker: Mr. Jonah Li (Ph.D. student majoring in Counseling Psychology and minoring in Inquiry Methodology at Indiana University)


Date: 2 August 2018 (Thursday)

Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Venue: RLB502, Research Complex, HKSYU

Language: Cantonese supplemented with English

Fee per workshop:

Free - SYU staff, students and alumni

$50 - APCPA members

$100 - Non-APCPA members



1) Refreshment will be provided. 
2) Free Admission for SYU staff, students and alumni*


*SYU staff, students and alumni should follow the registration procedures:

1.    Fill in the registration form below;
2.    For alumni, please fill in your SYU student number in the remark box;
3.    On the workshop day(s), present your identity card to the reception staff (for current SYU members: student / staff card; for alumni: any identity card showing your registration name)

Workshop Contents:

 Is counseling and psychotherapy effective?

  • Effectiveness versus efficacy
  • If psychotherapy is effective, what is the evidence?

Evidence-based practice in psychology (EBPP)

  • EBPP: Origin and importance
  • Empirically supported treatments (ESTs): Definition and its characteristics
  • Common factors (CFs): Definition and its characteristics
  • ESTs Versus CFs: Which one works better?
  • The Dodo bird verdict

The heart and soul of the effective psychotherapy

  • Breakdowns of successful psychotherapy outcomes
  • Resolving ESTs Vs. CFs: Back to EBPP and multiple evidence
  • The role of therapists
  • Focusing on the client: EBPP and the use of client feedback

Introducing some clinical outcome measures

  • Psychometric properties
  • Items and their purposes
  • Research on OQ-45.2
  • Role play of using the OQ-45.2 in a counseling session
  • Further discussion on its use
  • Personal experience      


  • The importance of EBPP in Counseling Psychology
  • The need for outcome measures in effective psychotherapy
  • The Scientist-Practitioner model of Counseling Psychology


About the Presenter

Jonah Li (李寶輝) is currently a Ph.D. student majoring in Counseling Psychology and minoring in Inquiry Methodology at Indiana University (IU) in the U.S. Previously, he earned his M.A. at University of Denver (DU) and B.S.S. at Hong Kong Shue Yan University (HKSYU). He is an Associate Instructor and taught undergraduate courses including Introduction to Counseling Psychology and Positive Psychology. He won the Outstanding Achievement in Research Award and Counseling Psychology Research and Scholarship Award by DU. Clinically, he is interested in positive psychological interventions and positive therapies, including Strength-Centered Therapy. His research interests mainly fall into positive psychology and international populations. In terms of his leadership, he served as the Student Representative to the executive board of directors at Association of Chinese Helping Professionals and Psychologists-International and a Cultural Competence Consultant in Stone Belt Arc, Inc. in Bloomington, Indiana in Spring 2018. Institutionally, he is the Co-President of Counseling Psychology Student Organization at IU. On the state level, he serves as the Student Representative to the executive board of directors at Indiana Psychological Association. Nationally, he is the Student Representative of Division 17 at American Psychological Association and Other Awards Committee, and internationally, he works as the Professional Development Subcommittee of International Mentoring and Orientation Committee, Division 17 at American Psychological Association.

Contact Information

Should you have any enquiries, Please feel free to contact: cebp@hksyu.edu