This workshop will demonstrate through lecture, videotapes case examples and practice exercises how a working knowledge of "language games" can allow therapists to appropriately, respectfully and effectively address emotions in the context of psychotherapy and conversely, how misuse of language could potentially lead to a variety of negative consequences including client disenfranchisement, disempowerment, reification of problems and iatrogenic symptoms.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*
STEVE DE SHAZER, MSSW, is co-founder and Senior Research Associate at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is co-developer of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. He is the author of five books and various professional articles. Mr. de Shazer is on the editorial boards of various journals and has presented, trained and consulted widely in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Vice President of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association. Psychotherapist for over 25 years, internationally recognized for her books and training seminars in solutionfocused and Ericksonian therapy. Affliliated with the Milwaukee Brief Family Therapy Center. She has written six books, including co-authoring with the late Steve de Shazer and colleagues, More Than Miracles: The State of the Art of Solution-Focused Therapy , an update of the SFBT approach that will be published in 2006.