SERVICES FOR PROFESSIONALS
Training & Consultation
I love workshops. I have offered one-day, and three-day workshops as well as workshops series to professionals, groups, and agencies for many years. You have all been to workshops that may be full of information, but are not presented in a manner that allows you to really get your mind wrapped around the information and make it useful to you. A good workshop should leave your imagination inspired to use what you’ve learned with your clients. Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge”, and that is the maxim that drives my workshops. I believe in practice, feedback, and useful materials that you can take home with you. Therefore, when I teach hypnosis, I do it in small groups either in a once-a-week format, or over a three-day weekend or in a once-a-month series.
Each session is devoted to learning a particular skill, which is practiced after I have taught the skill and demonstrated its use. We always have time for Q & A and for additional demonstration and didactic learning. And we always have fun.
Likewise, my workshops in Solution-Focused Interviewing are dynamic and skill-centered. You will get lots of practice after the didactic presentation and the demonstration of the skill. This organized and intentional way of conducting a therapeutic interview has become well-known but not often used by professionals. I have had extensive experience with Steve deShazer and Insoo Kim Berg and have taught this method of facilitating change since the mid-80’s at Prescott College, Antioch University and to hundreds of professionals around the Puget Sound.
I get a lot of feedback from clients about how helpful I have been to them and one thing I hear quite frequently is that I am very active, direct, and dynamic and that I do lots of different things with clients to facilitate change. What they are observing or experiencing is what I call “planned eclecticism”. When you have been working with people as long as I have, you have lots have experiential resources to work from.
Jay Haley once wrote, “make every session count” and that is advice I have taken to heart. To do so, a clinician must, in my opinion, be diligent and intentional about planning every session, even though the best made plans also have to be adaptable. In my planned eclecticism workshops, then, I draw from both my own experience and that of the participants to create a way for every clinician to use his or her knowledge and experience in a way that facilitates change quickly and effectively by organizing and using what they already know in an intentional and individualized way.
From time to time, I also offer training groups for new professionals and/or students. These groups meet weekly for about 3 hours for a few months and are specifically focused on learning, practicing and utilizing the language of therapy or counseling. When I was a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, I had the great good fortune to have worked in just such a group for 2 years. This group was led by John Grinder and Richard Bandler before they went on to write the Structure of Magic and the Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson and before they achieved both fame and notoriety when they created Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP). The skills I learned from them have been absolutely essential to my success and my ability never to be speechless and I have taught these groups in Tucson and Seattle with excellent response from developing professionals and students.
Any and all of these workshops can be purchased or contracted by groups or agencies. I am always interested in sponsors or co-sponsors and I will be sending announcements periodically as specific opportunities arise. If you want to be on my mailing list, please email me and put “training list” in the subject bar. If you wish to contract for a workshop, or discuss sponsorship, please contact me by email or phone whenever you are ready.
I have been blessed with terrific experience and training and I am happy to offer my thoughts and ideas for how to improve service delivery to any organization or individual who thinks it might be helpful. I have had the wonderful experience of supervising or training some of the best clinicians (in my opinion) in the Puget Sound and in southeastern Arizona. Although I am not yet a certified supervisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (a detail I hope to rectify by the end of 2007), I am still happy to engage with groups, agencies or individuals in whatever way desired. Just write me or call me and we’ll create a package that will work for you.