Metaphor, Imagery, and Story in the Theraputic Process

Explore creative techniques and interventions that can enhance your clinical practice.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
6 CEU’s

The “boundary of experiences” is the interface of our inner world and the external world.  Gaining access into and understanding our clients’ inner world is a basic tenet of psychodynamically informed treatment models. 

Likewise, helping our clients navigate their external world is equally imperative to healthy functioning.  Spontaneous images, metaphor, and “story” may be understood as direct communications between internal and external realities.  Respecting the relational context of a two-person psychology, we will identify interventions designed to help our clients understand and make use of internal images, metaphor, and the stories they share to communicate their experiences.  We will explore the constructive use of such client-generated communications and discuss interventions based on story-telling, metaphor and imagery.  Similarly, we will explore the constructive use of therapist-generated communications and discuss interventions based on story-telling, metaphor and imagery.  Special attention will be given to issues of difference/similarity and its impact, meaning, and usefulness in our work with clients.   


Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will gain a richer appreciation for the relevance of internal imagery and client generated metaphors and their therapeutic meaning.

2. Participants will gain understanding of the influences of cultural variables in how images and metaphors are experienced and expressed.

3. Participants will gain practical intervention/interpretive skills to help client/clinician explore the meaning and utility of client-generated images, metaphors, and story.

4.  Participants will gain practical intervention/interpretive skills to explore the meaning and utility of therapist-generated images, metaphors, and story.

Location:  Seminar is held at the beautiful Monterey Pines Golf Course, 1250 Garden Rd, Monterey, CA 93940.  Located next to the Monterey Fairgrounds, the facility offers ample street parking and a fully accessible building.

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017.

Fee: General: $125 ♦ Licensed: $115 ♦ Prelicensed/Retired: $95 ♦ Discounted rate for 3 or more collegues registering at the same time: $90 each (registration must be mailed in together).

Time:  Doors opens at 8:30 am. Workshop begins promptly at 9 am and ends at 4:30 pm.  Please allow 15-minutes for CE processing at the conclusion of the program.

Refund Policy: No refunds given less than 14 days prior to the event. Manfred Melcher reserves the right to cancel or postpone any training due to unforeseen circumstances.  If the training is cancelled or postponed, registrants will be notified and a full refund will be issued.

CEU’s:  6 CEU’s approved through CAMFT.

Important Notice: Per CAMFT regulation, in order to receive CEU hours, participant must meet requirement of 80% physical attendance.  Those arriving more than 15 minutes after designated start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CEU credits.

Manfred Melcher, MSW, LCSW, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFT’s, LCSW’s, LCPP’s, EP’s.  Manfred Melcher, MSW, LCSW maintains full responsibility for this program/course and its content.  CEPA/CAMFT CE provider #133219.