that doesn’t help clients lead happier lives and isn’t much fun for therapists. In fact, helping clients learn to have fun may be one of the most serious tasks of therapy. In this highly experiential workshop, we’ll practice techniques drawn from improvisation, psychodrama, Energy Psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, art, movement, and the amazing “karaoke therapy” to help us free our inner clowns, wise fools, and joyous children. You’ll learn how to reduce the baneful influence of negative messages from society (and possibly your own parents) that play is “not serious” and “not for grown-ups,” reconnect with what makes your own heart soar, and liberate your therapeutic creativity from your relentless inner scolds. You’ll leave the workshop with a personal plan for cultivating more fun and creativity in your life and work.
Robert Schwarz, Psy.D., who’s organized 11 national conferences on trauma, Ericksonian hypnosis, and brief therapy, is the coauthor of We’re No Fun Anymore and author of Tools for Transforming Trauma.
Elaine Braff, M.P.S., A.T.R., a Master PAIRS Leader who teaches couples relationship skills that promote intimacy and joy, is the coauthor of We’re No Fun Anymore.