Ropes, Balls, and Metaphors: Experiential Therapy in Practice - May 22, 2020


Ropes, Balls, and Metaphors: Experiential Therapy in Practice - May 22, 2020


Date: May 22, 2020
Time: Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm

Tuition: $141.00
Early Bird: $122.00 (before 4/10/2020) - use promo code: metaphor

Continuing Education (CE): 6 contact hours (counselors, social workers, psychologists)

Location: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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Bruce L. Gottlieb, LISW-S, CCFC

Clients come to therapy to work through life experiences, but might not be fully aware of their interactions with those experiences.  Experiential Therapy is a multidimensional dynamic therapeutic approach in which clients construct knowledge, skill, and value from direct experience, using a large variety of activities and metaphors that symbolize the clients’ lives and elicit the clients’ real behaviors.  The therapist is present as a witness to the clients’ experiences, and is able to help the clients more fully witness and experience their realities. ET understands that life happens in the present. It relies on the unfiltered experience of the moment to help clients create new perceptions by filling in the gaps of the filtered experience of life’s complexity.  Nothing is extraneous, and every aspect of the therapeutic experience is meaningful. ET is particularly effective in working past our defenses, building self-awareness and mindfulness, helping clients to heal from shame and doubt, and building communication and relationship skills. These therapies are very effective in group development and with treatment resistant populations such as those with addictions and a history of criminal activity.  This workshop will introduce the participants to the theory, practice, and ethical implications of ET.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts and theories underlying Experiential Therapy;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how Experiential Therapy can benefit their clients and organizations;

  • Demonstrate the ability to create and use metaphors in a variety of practice and organizational settings;

  • Demonstrate the ability to use a variety of Experiential Therapy activities effectively in their practice and organizational settings; and

  • Identify the ethical challenges and implications of using these therapeutic approaches.