With the healing power of therapeutic metaphors and the neuro-importance of play at its center, Story-Play®, a new Ericksonian, resiliency-based “indirective” model of play therapy provides participants with hands-on, creative tools for working with children and adolescents who experience phobias, medical issues, abuse, and trauma in a variety of settings to include private practice, hospitals, and the classroom. Case examples and experiential exercises will highlight how StoryPlay® can be effectively utilized with specialized populations or situations. Part I will focus upon the foundations of StoryPlay® Roots, Nine Essential Elements, Therapeutic Metamorphosis - four passages to transformation, and Steps for Creating and Utilizing Storytelling Metaphors both real and made-up. Multi-cultural aspects, Nature as co-storyteller, and relaxation exercises will be integrated. The second part will show how to recognize, retrieve and utilize “blocked sensory resources” to achieve...
A Strengths-Based Therapy approach provides practitioners with essential principles and practices for improving effectiveness and outcomes with adolescents and families. Participants in this work-shop will be introduced to current research findings on effective practice and will learn key strategies to strengthen the therapeutic relationship and alliance, maximize client contributions to change, and respond efficiently to client progress. The strategies offered can be applied to a wide range of settings with a continuum of concerns.
With a plugged-in 24/7 cyberspace that demands instantaneous response of internet and social networking, many young people have difficulty with self-regulation and modulation. This workshop pro-poses a tailored strategic approach toward utilizing the natural creativity and novelty that young people have embedded in their developmental make-up to combat this impulsivity or limited access to inner resources. Experiential and specific ways to elicit responsiveness will be explored.
The aim of this short course is to present the therapeutic work developed with children affected by learning difficulties. A cartoon video created to make children aware of their own learning processes will be presented. As the majority of learning difficulty cases are a clear emotional component, some very effective Ericksonian resources will be exemplified with several practical cases.
The language a therapist uses to conceptualize and treat a problem determines whether or not that problem can be resolved effectively. This workshop introduces a new model, child-focused family therapy, which is a respectful and effective technique for treating severe problems of children. This method includes a precisely worded opening question, a strategic dialogue with parents and children, Erickson’s principle of utilization, and the use of metaphor to open up solutions.
Self-esteem, self-confidence and self-concept are concepts closely connected with the development of human identity. The enhancement of self-esteem and identity formation can be used effectively in psychotherapy with children, especially in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and many other social difficulties. Hypnotic interventions proved to be effective in working with children and adolescents on an individual basis.
With the neuro-healing power of metaphor, creativity and play at its center, this experiential training presents StoryPlay® ; an Ericksonian, resiliency-based, indirective process that interweaves cultural diversity and natural healing abilities, to effect transformational change for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and adversity.
Families dealing with an anxious child often unknowingly “help” their child by doing the very things that make anxiety stronger. This workshop will give clinicians strategies that, from the very first session, show parents and children how to identify and interrupt the cognitive, behavioral, and physiological patterns of anxiety in children.
Brief hypnotherapy is particularly suited for children and adolescents with psychosomatic disorders, be-cause it exploits their natural abilities to fall into trance and uses a language of symbols and metaphors. It is based on the Ericksonian belief in the abilities of a child and is astonishing in its effectiveness.