Many influences, conscious and unconscious, guide our choices, in terms of what and how to respond, both consciously and unconsciously, to our clients’ stories, and their patterns of behavior. The Mind of the Therapist is a model to help us understand our decisions in our co-creation of effective therapy. The workshop helps us to explore what really guides us as we intervene. For example, one major determinant is our organizational context of work, what our mandate is, what our client population is. This factor can be both enabling and constraining. Also, a primary factor is our main models of treatment and how they are blended in our particular style of therapy. Another key factor is the self of the therapist, our personal history and learning style, especially the scope of what we consider relevant in a therapeutic environment. This workshop will also generate exercises intended to increase creativity and humor in the design and delivery of interventions.

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