After decades of working with anxious children and teens, I have two unshakable truths: families MUST be involved in treatment and anxious patterns are shifted through experiential learning. Working with the FOUR critical concepts to manage anxiety in families and the SIX patterns that must be interrupted, this workshop will describe HOW to create active, engaging assignments for families to do between sessions and describe the TEN favorites that I return to again and again.
When working with anxious kids, your brilliance in the office means nothing if they cannot take what you offer and use it in their world. This presentation will give you eight homework assignments to engage kids from the start, and will spark your strategic creativity as you develop your own homework ideas.
The clinical evidence is unambiguous: Getting the client to actually do something in treatment makes for both a better quality and rate of recovery. Erickson was extremely skillful in developing tasks for his patients and getting them to carry them out. In this presentation, we'll consider some of the ways he was able to do that.
Obsessions persist despite the application of logic or reason, and compulsions are so successful at briefly relieving anxiety that they take on a life of their own. The therapist can reframe the nature of the problem and incorporate all interventions within four simple but provocative guidelines that challenge the dysfunctional beliefs of the client.
An experiential orientation empowers therapeutic change. Dramatic experiential methods can be used by any clinician in every stage of the therapeutic process including assessment, in session treatment and homework assignments. Techniques to be demonstrated and practiced include therapist sculpting, symbolic assignments and analogical tasks.