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IC19 Short Course 31 - More Common Therapy: The Complex Simplicity of Experiential Mastery - Robert Staffin, PsyD, ABPH

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Short Courses |  Experiential Therapy |  Psychotherapy |  Therapist Development
Erickson Congress |  Erickson Congress 2019
Robert Staffin, PsyD, ABPH
1 Hour 30 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Dec 12, 2019
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Often, being dubbed a "master" means that what the teacher does cannot be done by others. However, a cornerstone of Jeffrey Zeig's lifelong quest has been to demystify, annotate, and democratize Milton H. Erickson's work and then his own. In this session, the presenter will map the breadth and scope of Zeig's work, which he has augmented by integrating a theoretical and experimental corpus with the most effective practices of the arts: film, music, theater, literature, and dance. This powerful weave, which Zeig calls “experiential psychotherapy,” is an especially powerful holistic approach to working with the broad range of clients.

Dr. Staffin, a “frequent flyer” in the NYC Master Class since its inception in 2002, will illuminate Dr. Zeig’s work by presenting aspects and examples of Utilization, Communication, Interpersonal factors, as well as Strategic design and intent. Using a combination of lecture, case examples, and group activities, he will highlight how therapists can apply these clinical tools and skills in their own work.


Educational Objectives:

  1. Delineate 3 ways other than through speech that a therapist can communicate ideas to clients.
  2. Explain how evoking experiential understanding versus delivering information can better help clients recognize and galvanize inner resources.
  3. Outline 3 ways Dr. Zeig uses his own physical vocabulary to engender rapport with the client.

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Robert Staffin is a clinical psychologist licensed in New Jersey and New York. He received his doctorate from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in 1990. He works with children and adults in the context of individual, couples and family therapy. He has worked in hospitals and clinics as well as privately in both group and individual settings.