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BT16 Workshop 38 - MRI Brief Therapy - From the Initial Contact to the Final Interview - Wendel Ray, PhD

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Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2016
Wendel Ray, PhD
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Dec 11, 2016
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Conceptually simple, MRI Brief Therapy takes seriously the idea that it is not so much problems in living that bring people into therapy, but ineffective efforts being made to resolve those difficulties that inadvertently exacerbate and perpetuate the problem into irresolvable vicious cycles. Effective brief therapy facilitates clients to Interrupt efforts being made to resolve the problem that inadvertently perpetuate the problem, and in doing so the problem often dissipates on its own. This workshop will use rare video recordings of John Weakland and Richard Fisch, two pioneers of the mode to teach basic components of the approach to achieve effective and efficient brief therapy.

Educational Objectives:

Identify the basic steps of the model:

  1. What is the complain and How is it a problem?
  2. Identify the attempted solution (AS) that inadvertently perpetuate the problem.
  3. Describe basics of reframing and task assignment effective and efficient brief therapy.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Wendel A. Ray, Ph.D, is Hammond Endowed Professor of Education and Professor of Family System Theory in the Marriage & Therapy Program, at The University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM). The former Director of the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, California, as well as a former member of the MRI Brief Therapy Center, and the MRI Strategic Family Therapy Project, Dr. Ray continues to serve as an MRI Senior Research Fellow.