Skills and experience, research and theory ... each plays a central role in the development of effective therapy practice. And then there is something else. When we recall the work of such figures as Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir, and Carl Whitaker, we detect another layer: artistry. Surprisingly, artistry is something that can be taught, or more accurately, expanded. Everyone has the capacity. And it is artistry that brings forth all of that skill, experience, research and theory in effective and generative ways.
Learn the essential mindsets, strategies and dialogue needed to help clients become independent and happy. In this model, each and every problem is viewed as an opportunity to discover new abilities and expanded choice. In addition to solving the presenting problem, clients are empowered for a lifetime of skillful problem solving.
BT16 Workshop 24 - Single Session Therapy: When the First Session May Be The Last - Michael Hoyt, PhDThe most common length of treatment is one session. In this workshop, guidelines will be presented for recognizing which patients are most likely to benefit from a single session and how we can provide it successfully. A structure will be presented for organizing the specific tasks and skills involved in different phases of therapy (pre-, early, middle, late, follow-through). Case examples, some on videotape, will illustrate brief therapy techniques applicable in a one-session-at-a-time therapy and in the course of longer treatments.
Fundamental concepts central to present-day effective systemic therapy will be described in this presentation. The connection between present day systemic therapies and research conducted during the 1950s and 1960s by the Palo Alto Group and the Mental Research Institute (MRI) will be described. Featured will be the contributions of Palo Alto Group members Gregory Bateson, Don Jackson, MD, John Weakland, Jay Haley, and William Fry. Seven specific, learnable concepts and techniques will be taught that make treatment more effective and efficient.
This second of two workshops will demonstrate the use of informal trance in couple therapy. PACT therapists use of posing (partners holding stationary positions) as a major therapeutic tool for both the couple and therapist in managing arousal, attention, and for inducing trance states. Attendees will learn a common PACT approach to inducing informal trance states in partners using what’s been termed, The Lovers Pose. Partners go into a deeper state whereby the therapist can probe, prod, and investigate more implicit issues that plague the relationship. Attendees will view clinical video demonstrations as well as live demonstrations to further illustrate this technique.
Using experiential methods promotes adaptive states in clients. Experiential methods can be the center point of therapy.
1. Describe the process of “signifying.”
2. Describe how to use “signifying” strategically.