Restoring Epistemic Trust Through Therapeutic Assessment: Building a Relationship “Superhighway” with Difficult-to-Treat Clients

Restoring Epistemic Trust Through Therapeutic Assessment:

Building a Relationship “Superhighway” with Difficult-to-Treat Clients

Presented by,

Stephen E. Finn, Ph.D.

Co-sponsored by:

The Therapeutic Assessment Institute (TAI) &

The Society for Personality Assessment (SPA)

 Location: Online via Zoom

Session 1: February 5, 2021: 9:00AM to 12:30PM (MST)

 Session 2: February 6,  2021: 9:00AM to 12:30PM (MST)

Session 3: February 12, 2021: 9:00AM to 12:30PM (MST)

Session 4: February 13, 2021: 9:00AM to 12:30PM (MST)

Please see the attached document, which includes the registration form and confidentiality agreement. You must return both pages to register. The attached document has detailed information including Dr. Finn’s bio, the schedule for each day, details of the workshop and registration information.

Brief Topic Overview: 

Why do some clients reject new ways of thinking and maintain a high level of distrust with mental health professionals? How can we reach such clients, who often seem unreachable? Two new concepts from evolutionary psychology, Epistemic Trust (ET) and Epistemic Hypervigilance (EH), provide an insightful way of understanding and intervening with difficult clients. In this workshop, Dr. Finn will explain the theory of ET and EH, which asserts that many clients screen out new information from others because in the past this was necessary for their survival. Using this empathic lens, Dr. Finn will then demonstrate how Therapeutic Assessment is uniquely designed to lower EH and build ET, allowing for clients to continue to grow and learn long after a TA is completed. This workshop has been approved for 13 hours of CE credits for psychologists.

Check out this video from Dr. Finn to learn more: Finn Epistemic Trust

Please feel free to email Jason Turret, PsyD, CAS president, if you have any questions (

We are very excited for this event and we hope to see you there!