BRIEF NARRATIVE SHORT STORIES: Single-Session Practices and Just Beyond
May 4$100.00 – $175.00
More professionals are now turning to time-sensitive, competency-oriented practices as a viable short-term approach for providing services to people. These practices can be taken into therapeutic conversations in brief, single session, walk-in, or longer-term environments.
In this workshop Jim will offer a detailed journey through the guiding brief narrative assumptions and principles that inform single-session practices. In addition, he will introduce fresh, and innovative concepts that expand the pioneering narrative work of White and Epston. Clear and specific connections between these concepts and how to put them to work in single-session practice will be described.
A time-sensitive response to peoples’ requests for service is both ethical and practical, offering them the help they need, when they need it. Research demonstrates that a promptly delivered, collaborative, single therapy session has the potential to sufficiently meet the hopes and needs of people who consult with us.
To implement useful brief services such as single-session, brief consultation, and walk-in counselling, we need to significantly shift the way we view the children, youth and families who come to us for help. Doing therapy briefly does not mean doing traditional long-term therapy faster – it’s not Rush Therapy. Providing consultation in a single session is about adopting a different set of assumptions, principles, and practices about how to work with people and how people transform. Taken-for-granted “more is better” practices that are present in many environments are called into question. Conversely, more is not better. Better is better. Single-session practices encourage a relational posture and are time sensitive, rather than time driven. Not one session more than required and not one session less,
Single-session practices include a rapid engagement process and tap into peoples’ local knowledge, skills, and abilities to create movement toward preferred directions in their lives. Professionals form a clear partnership and a strong sense of purpose with people that consult with them.
In this workshop, there will be an emphasis on skill development through “hands on” practice and how to apply these ideas to ‘real world’ settings. Skill building exercises, clear presentations, detailed transcripts, recorded examples and a comprehensive handout will all be included to provide you with a rich and engaging training experience in brief narrative single-session practices. This will be a valuable training experience for hardworking newcomers as well as advanced practitioners. This energizing training experience will help you move your understanding of time-sensitive practices to exciting new territories.
You will explore:
- How to begin, maintain and end the therapy process, even in one session
- How to conduct accessible, ethical and viable consultation in one single session.
- How to work with people to decide how much is “enough”.
- An innovative framework for constructing storyline to upload significance and meaning in conversations.
- How to move questions from information gathering exercises to generative, meaning making dialogues.
- Narrative micro-maps for navigating purposeful therapeutic conversations.
- Ways to unpack real time pivotal moments that influence the therapeutic process.
- An energizing approach that you can apply to your practice immediately.