July 24, 25, and 26, 2008
3-Day Strategic Therapy Intensive
Presenter: Eileen Bobrow, M.Ed., M.A., LMFT
A Practical 3-day course in how to DO strategic therapy with individuals, couples & familes.
The goal of this therapy is to help people solve their problem. The steps include finding out in detail what is the problem, how does it function in the system, how have the clients been trying to solve it, what are the sequences of interactions that produced the problem, why are they essential to know, what steps will lead to the solving of the problem -with particular attention to the unit of treatment, the sequences of interactions, and the hierarchy. Giving directives and the art of giving them are an important part of the strategy to solve the problem. The therapy is terminated when solving the agreed upon problem is achieved.
This course will teach in detail how to accomplish the above and how to use this model with individuals, couples and families. We will cover a range of serious difficulties, including but not limited to eating disorders, difficult youth, depression, substance abuse and violence.
We will endeavor to help participants to understand the basic understandings of systems work and the variables that are most useful to attend to. Participants will learn how to know who should be at the first interview, how to get everyone you need to come to the therapy, how to do a first interview, including what is a solvable problem, how to define a problem so that it is solvable, and how to properly motivate clients. In addition we will learn what it means to take responsibility for the outcome of the therapy, how to contract with people to solve a problem, and how to have people leave a first interview with a sense of hopefulness.
The course will continue with detailed practice in how to be creative and smart about giving homework, including getting people to practice in the office, what to do when it is and is not done, how to give directives and how to know when to be direct and when to be indirect, when to use paradox and when not to.
The trainer also has a strong background and expertise in Gestalt Therapy and will show ways to use and integrate Gestalt techniques in working with individuals, couples and families and how this complements and further enhances a systemic/strategic model.
Videos and role playing will be used to help participants to understand and integrate this way of working into both private and agency practices.
Course meets each day from 9:00-12:00 and 1:30-4:30
Continuing Education Hours
18 Continuing Education Units approved for MFT's, LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE 14, & by the California Board of Registered Nurses, BRN #2062. This course has been approved for 18 hours of MCEP credit by the California Psychological Association Accrediting Agency. Course number: MEN006-0092-000