Enhancing Your Therapeutic Impact: Advanced Techniques of Therapy
August 14-18, 2017
There's something both inspirational and humbling about watching the clinical work of master therapists like Virginia Satir, Carl Whitaker, Salvador Minuchin, and Milton Erickson. While it's tempting to think they have a unique therapeutic gift, it's even more helpful to ask, "How do they do it?" In this workshop, through demonstration and group practice, you'll expand your own creativity and expressive range as a healer as we explore core dimensions of clinical craft, including methods for intensifying emotional impact, establishing attunement, harnessing nonverbal and paraverbal methods, and incorporating hypnotic communication. You'll discover how to:
- Integrate elements of both the expressive and healing arts into your work
- Use metaphors, visual images, and theatrical techniques to a waken clients from their unadaptive trances
- Understand how the grammatical understructure both film and hypnosis offer new possibilities for helping clients access empowering resource states
- Elicit new beliefs, challenge preconceptions, and empower clients to move beyond their self-perceived limitations
Advanced Techniques of Psychotherapy I: Emotional Impact
Psychotherapy is a situation of impact. Artists, including directors, writers, painters, composers, choreographers and poets have explored using communication for emotional impact. We will study methods from these disciplines that can be applied in any school of psychotherapy to improve outcomes.
Advanced Techniques of Psychotherapy II: Attunement
Attunement is the foundation of empathy and rapport. We will learn how to attune to affect, behavior, cognition, attitude, linguistic, and relationship patterns – even how to attune to the preconscious associations that drive behavior. A precursor to every intervention, attunement will be described from the perspective of hypnosis, psychotherapy, and social psychology. Clinical applications will be demonstrated.
Advanced Techniques of Psychotherapy III: Creating Impact using Nonverbal and Paraverbal methods
Communication is composed of nonverbal, paraverbal, and contextual channels; the words only convey part of the message. We will study the effective use of prosody, proximity, gesture, expression and context, and how those aspects can be woven into the process of therapeutic communication to empower effective clinical outcomes.
Advanced Techniques of Psychotherapy IV: Resilience, an experiential approach
Those who seek counseling can often benefit from accessing resilience, especially those who have been traumatized clients. Resilience can be accessed through experiential methods, not didactic information.
Advanced Techniques of Psychotherapy V: Therapist Sculpting: Appealing to the Eyes
Therapists and coaches can increase effectiveness by learning how to strategically use visual methods. Generative change can be facilitated by appealing to the client's eyes. A full 50% of brain functioning is dedicated to visual processing. Therapeutic concepts should be enhanced visually. We will explore a new, dramatic, experiential method that can be used for assessment and treatment.
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