This presentation will explore the utilization of brief experiential activities in helping clients to access and enhance their naturally occurring resources. Experiential activities help to increase client engagement and participation in therapy as well as connect them to aspect of self that are resourceful. In this session, participants will learn the philosophy behind utilizing in-session experiential activities and how these relate to bringing forth existing client resources. During the presentation, the presenter will explain the purpose of experiential activities and then will conduct a live demonstration of various experiential activities to help demonstrate the process of experiential techniques as well as the usefulness for clients.
Experiential activities can be used in any model and can be used as a means of integrating models. The presenter has engaged in developing various experiential techniques, which will be presented. By the end of the presentation, participants will have gained the philosophical underpinnings of using experiential activities as well as the fundamentals of several experiential techniques that have proven useful for the presenter in his work with supervisees, individuals, couples, and families.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*
Dr. Michael Reiter earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees from The George Washington University and completed his pre-doctoral internship at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He then served as program psychologist in a pediatric and adolescent clinic at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Reiter subsequently worked with adolescents, young adults, and families at Alvord, Baker and Associates, in Rockville, MD. He currently sees clients in his private practice in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Reiter lives in Maryland with his wife, two children, and two dogs.