520 Digital Tools for Healing

Kenneth V. HardyYajaira CurielKenneth V. Hardy & Yajaira Curiel • Saturday Afternoon
Computers, iPods, iPads, and other digital devices are largely untapped therapeutic resources right at our fingertips. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to bring an entirely new dimension into the consulting room, using the “digital choir” of media resources to help clients reframe issues, reconnect with buried emotions, and perceive their problems in a larger context. Using case histories and demonstrations, we’ll explore the “iStrategies” that work best for different types of clients. You’ll see how cutoff clients can learn to access formerly walled-off emotions after viewing clips or interviews that parallel their own situation, and how emotionally overwhelmed clients can begin to internalize lessons about getting through tough times. We’ll discuss effective ways to use media tools to help challenge entrenched beliefs (like racism or homophobia), and you’ll leave with more practical ideas for engaging clients in the change process using high-tech resources.

Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph.D., director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships and professor of family therapy at Drexel University, is the coauthor of Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions to Break the Cycle of Adolescent Violence.

Yajaira Curiel, M.F.T., is the supervisor of school-based family services at the Pan American Academy Charter School in Philadelphia.

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