Clients want changes. Dysfunctional behaviors can come from incomplete, incorrect, or unfinished learning from the past or from unproductive responses to present events. The complexities can be reduced to small "do-able" successes. Demonstrations will be given and participants will be given clear steps for practice exercises.
Based on interviews with over a hundred of the most prominent theoreticians in the field, as well as studies of famous individuals (Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Sylvia Plath, Vaslav Nijinsky, Lenny Bruce, Charles Mingus) who have had spectacularly negative outcomes in therapy, this workshop explores what can be learned from failures as well as successes. Participants will explore the nature of their own consistent errors and misjudgments, how we all tend to deny and disown these experiences, and what we can do to be more accepting of our failures and more proactive in preventing them in the future. There will be opportunities to identify personal and professional struggles that are going on right now and work through impasses and frustrations through a peer supervision model that can be applied to any work setting.
This "playshop" will consist of experiential clinician development exercises. While it is widely agreed that the person of the therapist is central to patient change, there are limited methods for developing ways to BE a therapist. This program centers on eliciting and developing therapist acuity. Dr. Zeig will present a systemic modeling method that can be easily transferred to make therapy and supervision more powerfully experiential.
National Health Reform is now considered inevitable, and many mental health practitioners are expecting this will rejuvenate their declining practices. Be aware, however, there will be strict standards on what conditions and interventions will be covered, and the list of what will be expected and what will likely be eliminated may shock you. Be prepared, tailor your practice appropriately now, and you will prosper.