WHAT’S A META FOR? DESIGNING AND DELIVERING THERAPEUTIC METAPHORS TEXT

Solutions to client dilemmas can often be limited by their rules of context or conceptual paradigms in the family system or an individual’s perceived constraints. Sometimes what can be helpful is a metaphor or story constructed by the therapist, or better yet, a utilization of a client metaphor or story to extend further into an implied meaning that could reframe the client dilemma in the direction of solution. In this workshop participants will explore the rich world of indirection, metaphor, and symbol systems in theory and in practice in small groups. A special focus is the search for a symbol or metaphor that is close and diverse enough from the client system to introduce a congruent but meaningful departure into a new paradigm of possibilities. A focus on the delivery of metaphors assists their power by embedding them in a naturalistic hypnotic induction format.

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