the heart of therapy across all schools of thought is still spontaneous, meaningful, emotionally compelling conversation. So if you find yourself saying similar things in a similar tone of voice from session to session, then the conversation has gone badly adrift--and so have the possibilities for change. In this workshop, you’ll learn the key ground rules for maintaining a transformational conversation flow. We’ll discuss how to recognize subtle changes and interruptions to the rhythm of conversation that constrict free exchange. You’ll learn the power of confronting a conversational impasse, along with techniques for getting it moving again by evocatively using your personal reactions and stories, visual images, and written materials to enrich the exchange, while keeping the conversation attuned to the client’s temperament, developmental issues, and attachment style.
Ron Taffel, Ph.D., is the chairman of the board of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York. He’s the author of The Second Family, a guide to raising adolescents. His latest book is Childhood Unbound: Saving Our Kids’ Best Selves.