Finding Your Creative Edge With Your Most Difficult Families with Matthew D. Selekman, MSW., LCSW.

Finding Your Creative Edge With Your Most Difficult Families with Matthew D. Selekman, MSW., LCSW.


Event Details

Date: February 28th and March 1st, 2019

Facilitator: Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, LCSW

This training is suitable for: Mental health professionals:  Psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers. Medical professionals: Nurses, psychiatrists, pediatricians, family doctors.

Direct service workers:  Drop in workers, shelter and hostel workers, child and youth workers, youth justice workers. Educators:  teachers, ECE, school administration, support staff.

Description: At times in our professional careers, all of us have been faced with clinical situations in which we were intimidated by or experienced therapeutic paralysis in reaction to particular clients' provocative and perplexing presenting problems and extensive treatment histories, families with multiple symptom-bearing members carrying serious DSM diagnoses, and couples and families that see to thrive on one crisis to the next.  With these challenging and nightmarish client situations, it can feel like we are trapped in and neutralized by the gravitational pull of a stellar black hole.

In this hands-on, practice-oriented, two-day workshop, several effective ways therapists can tap the full range of their inner resources and creative selves for getting unstuck and being the catalysts for therapeutic change with complex and difficult client practice situations are presented. Participants will come away from this workshop with a plethora of therapeutic tools and strategies, feeling inspired, energized, and more daring and confident working outside of their comfort zones with their most challenging clients. 

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • The strategic use of self framework: The family therapist's artist palette
  • Become a reflective practitioner to keep an open mind, maintain therapeutic maneuverability, and increase your accuracy with intervention-client fit 
  • Honing your observation and listening skills to seize important client anomalies and ripe moments in sessions to spark therapeutic breakthroughs
  • Craft powerful and imaginative questions to co-create compelling future realities with clients
  • Identify and utilize your top inner resources, life passions, and strengths to further cultivate and expand your unique therapeutic style and range
  • Monty Python meets Cirque du Soleil: Bringing more humour, playfulness, drama and a twist of surprise to your therapeutic practice
  • Construct, select, and tailor-fit therapeutic experiments and rituals in line with clients' stages of readiness for change, theories of change psychological reactance levels, and goals
  • Use idea-generating tools and strategies for tapping the inventiveness and imagination powers of our clients to con-construct creative and high-quality solutions
  • Effective engagement strategies with reluctant family members
  • Strategic use of self in collaborative meetings with highly pessimistic and pathology-minded involved helping professionals from larger systems

The seminar format will combine didactic presentation, extensive use of videotape examples, skill-building exercises, and a live family therapy consultation.

*Photography is being used for illustrative purposes only and any person depicted in the content is a model, except where indicated.

  • When

  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 - Friday, March 1, 2019
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health - Learning Institute
    114 Maitland Street
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1

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