BT06 Short Course 36 - Journey Through Midlife: Yours and Your Clients - Are You Ready? - Marilia Baker, MSWThe second half of life - whether you are 35, 45, 55 or 65, is a time of intense questioning. It is also a period of transition from the illusions of youth and first adulthood to the challenge and rewards of maturity. This short course addresses those challenges and provides generative ways to travel the journey. Identifying archetypal passages and developmental impasses in your clients will help you build concise, precise, and to-the-point interventions, designed to create meaning and purpose in their lives.
Fuzzy Focus is a method that therapists can use to bring about quick and effective results. Fuzzy Focus is a process whereby unconscious resources are accessed by disrupting existing mind-sets, which are keeping alternative frames of reference unavailable. To use Fuzzy Focus effectively, therapists must be grounded with a coherent understanding of human nature and human consciousness. This workshop teaches the participant Fuzzy Focus as well as the theoretical framework needed to use Fuzzy Focus.
The "Pointing Out Patterns" approach is a three-phase, nine-step process, which addresses the negative patterns of thinking and behavior that cause clients intrapsychic and interpersonal stress. The clinician rapidly observes and reveals these negative patterns, e.g., entitlement, intimidation, people-pleasing, etc., to the client, in a caring, supportive and straightforward manner, and assists the client in quickly diminishing, or eradicating negative patterns of thought and behavior.
A person may say, "Don't ever . . . lie to me again!" or "You can . . . always tell me the truth." In either case, hypnotic language has been used to evoke undesirable or desirable behavior. This workshop will take Ericksonian linguistic patterns and export them into everyday environments. Exercises, role-plays, and brain storming will show how to make lasting changes in speech habits when addressing resistant family members and co-workers.
The language a therapist uses to conceptualize and treat a problem determines whether or not that problem can be resolved effectively. Plato's story of the cave, where the inhabitants see only shadows, is a useful metaphor for how the language of therapy can generate either confusion or clarity. This workshop will teach a method of effectively treating severe problems of children and adolescents, using an invariant opening question, strategic dialogue and metaphorical techniques.
This presentation is a brief therapy approach for negative, self-defeating beliefs, designed to assist participants to recognize more of their own strengths. Based partly on Erickson's style of dealing with negative beliefs, this presentation is very respectful and teaches indirect and direct methods. since many of these types of beliefs have a secret that keeps them in place and "the secret" may be none of our business, this approach build this in to be more effective.
Practicality and usability occupy the center of the reality therapy WDEP process. This workshop emphasizes advanced application through the use of metaphors designed to help clients determine the realistic attainability of their wants and the efficacy of their behaviors. Adrian Monk and Lieutenant Columbo provide assistance to therapist and client as they walk the path, untangle the web, and bring the unknown to light.
In this workshop, you will learn about brief Ericksonian and CBT solutions for children, adolescents and the troubled child in you. I have pioneered these over the last decade during which I have done this type of therapy with children and adolescents on a full-time basis, and trained other clinicians working with this population. There are essentially two methods within each session that you conduct with your child or adolescent client which you will learn to do. These can bring back and begin to use immediately in your practice following this conference.
Today, prudent therapists learn not only to influence client's interactions within their natural social context, but also influence their interactions with the helping system. In this workshop, the problematic relations between helping and family systems and strategies to change them will be described. Three areas will be explored: 1) humanistic approach to services; 2) correcting the family hierarchy; 3) boundary building.
"Common factors" or "specific techniques" - what really creates lasting change in brief therapy? This course presents ways of using both components together in a flexible solution-focused approach. Through collaborative conversation, tailored to client preferences, this approach creates positive expectancy, inviting amplification of what works and changing what does not. When more is needed - in the spirit of - "if it doesn't work, do something different" - specific techniques are seamlessly introduced and integrated into solution-focused conversations.