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New Tools for More Energizing and Effective Therapy

It often takes more than logic, kindness, and support to move clients along on their healing journey. Sometimes the real job of the therapist is to open up clients to new experiences and take them to places they’ve never been before especially when they feel stuck. Guiding this journey requires us to tap more fully into our own creativity in order to touch people’s hearts and stir them into action. Equally important is learning to use approaches, tools, and strategies that visual and performance artists use to re-frame situations, create new metaphors, and shift energy into new channels.

Join Stephen Gilligan, Courtney Armstrong, Erving Polster, Peggy Papp, Steve Andreas, and Jeffrey Zeig.

Bring new inventiveness, power, and inspiration to your clinical work by:
  • Discovering how to bring more spontaneity, curiosity, and excitement into your sessions
  • Helping clients access their most creative states of consciousness to solve their problems
  • Learning to use tools and methods from theater, film, poetry, the visual arts, music, and other art forms
  • Mastering techniques that go beyond words to connect with the emotional brain
  • Learning from the work of masters like Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson, and Erv Polster

6 Leading Experts! 6 Practice-Changing Sessions!
Free Bonus Session With Performer Ann Randolph

Session 1 - February 26

Evoking Creative States of Consciousness

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Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D.

Master powerful methods for helping clients access the generative mind-body states that can enable them to realize their dreams by:

  • Identifying positive intentions and well-formed goals that are succinct and resonant
  • Enhancing client creativity through centering, attuning to positive futures, and cultivating an imaginary “resource council”
  • Using “journalistic questions” (who, what, when, how) and regularly evaluating results to help clients turn creativity into action
  • Transforming internal obstacles and external barriers into real world solutions
  • Using positive daily practices to help clients bring more whole-hearted attention to personal development

Session 2 - March 5

Vitalizing Your Clinical Style

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Courtney Armstrong, L.P.C.

Break free from one-size-fits-all approaches and discover how to bring more of your creative potential into your work by:

  • Enhancing your ability to speak the language of the emotional brain and increase your attunement with clients
  • Developing your personal vision of the more empowered and expressive therapist you wish to be
  • Bringing more spontaneity, humor, playfulness, and joy into your work
  • Learning new ways to get clients’ full attention, trigger their curiosity, and kindle their motivation for change

Session 3 - March 12

Making New Things Happen

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Erving Polster, Ph.D.

A celebrated therapist with more than 6 decades of clinical experience reflects on the lessons he’s learned about creativity in the consulting room, including:

  • Harnessing the power of natural engagement—“being folks together”—as the foundation of the therapy experience
  • How to disconfirm clients’ preconceptions and awaken them to novel experiences and new perceptions of themselves
  • Recognizing the importance of smalls steps in facilitating change and the power of developing a “yes” mind set with clients
  • Cultivating the therapists’ own sense of fascination with the ongoing connection with the client

Session 4 - March 19

Metaphor, Symbol, and Fantasy in Couples Therapy

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Peggy Papp, L.C.S.W.

Learn how to use experiential techniques to transform therapeutic stalemates into transformational moments by:

  • Going beyond words and intellectualizing to help clients develop a new language for what’s happening in their relationships
  • Using sculpting and other non-verbal methods to help clients gain a different conception of what they need to change
  • Molding new narratives and evocative metaphors that open up new possibilities for growth and change
  • Accessing the belief systems and intentions that underlie dysfunctional behavior

Session 5 - March 26

The Clinical Artistry of Virginia Satir

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Steve Andreas, M.A.

Through the use of clinical videos, focus on understanding the powerful techniques that made Virgina Satir a legend in our field. You’ll learn how Satir:

  • Used elements of theater and hypnosis to create transformative experiences with clients
  • Employed touch and other non-verbal interventions to establish rapport and trust, and anchor positive resource states
  • Utilized her extraordinary communication skills and expressive range to install new beliefs, challenge presuppositions, and move clients beyond their self-perceived limitations
  • Used Family Reconstruction as a means of shifting systemic patterns and altering clients perceptions of themselves and their problems

Session 6 - April 2

Altering Consciousness Through the Arts


Jeffrey Zeig, Ph.D.

Discover how to use methods drawn from the arts to help clients shift rigid patterns of unhappy thoughts, emotions, and sensations. Topics covered include how to:

  • Integrate elements of both the expressive and healing arts into your work
  • Use metaphors, visual images, and theatrical techniques to awaken clients from their unpleasant trances
  • Understand how the language of both film and hypnosis offer new possibilities for helping clients access empowering resource states and move into deeper levels of lived experience
  • Apply the work of Milton Erickson to both inspire therapists and instruct them in how to expand their own creativity and expressive range as healers

Bonus Session 1

Expanding Your Therapeutic Range

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Ann Randolph

Learn lessons from an award-winning performer who can help you deepen and extend your clinical craft, including:

  • How to get in touch with your body, rather than fight what it’s telling you
  • Warm-up exercises that help you loosen up and give you greater access to your creativity
  • How playing an improvised character that’s not “you” can increase your powers of empathy and expressiveness
  • Discovering how to tune into your creative potential by giving freer expression to your underlying life themes

Bonus Session 2

The Clinical Wizardry of Milton H. Erickson

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Jeffrey Zeig

Watch legendary hypnotherapist Milton H. Erickson use his creative command of therapeutic communication with a challenging client. Commentary from his student and Milton H. Erickson Foundation director Jeffrey Zeig will help you bring elements of his mastery to your own work, including:

  • The principle of utilization—using whatever the client presents in therapy
  • The precise use of language and conjunctions to affect a clients’ state of mind
  • The use of posture and redirection to establish a commanding therapeutic presence with challenging clients
  • The ability to “create a new therapy for every person” based on experience-based therapy techniques
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What's Really Going On?
  • …develop a fuller therapeutic style reflecting more of your authentic self?
  • …bring more humor, emotional exploration, and expressive range to your work?
  • …develop a fuller therapeutic style reflecting more of your authentic self?
  • …find sources of fresh inspiration to expand your range as a healer?
  • …learn from the work of legendary masters like Erv Polster, Peggy Papp, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson?
  • …move into full realization of the therapist you envison yourself to be?

Our Presenters Are Leaders In The Field

Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D., studied with Milton Erickson and Gregory Bateson and has developed his own approach to Self-Relations Psychotherapy. His books include Therapeutic Trances, Walking in Two Worlds, and The Legacy of Milton H. Erickson.

Courtney Armstrong, L.P.C., who trains mental health professionals in creative techniques for healing trauma, is the author of Transforming Traumatic Grief: Six Steps to Move from Grief to Peace.

Erving Polster, Ph.D., is the Director of The Gestalt Institute of San Diego, and the author of several books, including Gestalt Therapy Integrated, Every Person's Life is Worth a Novel, and From the Radical Center: The Heart of Gestalt Therapy.

Peggy Papp, L.C.S.W., is a senior faculty member of the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. She is the author of numerous articles and books on family therapy, including The Process of Change, and co-author of the landmark book, The Invisible Web: Gender Patterns in Family Relationships.

Steve Andreas, M.A., has been learning, teaching, and developing brief therapy methods for over 45 years. His books include Virginia Satir: The Patterns of Her Magic and Transforming Negative Self-Talk.

Jeffrey Zeig, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. He is the architect of The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences, the Brief Therapy Conferences, the Couples Conferences, and the International Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.

Ann Randolph is an award-winning solo performer and educator. Her solo show and off-Broadway hit Squeeze Box was produced by Mel Brooks. She teaches at Esalen and Kripalu and performs at theaters across the country.

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The content of this course is at the introductory - intermediate level.