This course provides a clear, insightful, user-friendly explanation of the constructivist approach, specifically, solution-focused therapy and narrative therapy. Principles of postmodernist theory, with its emphasis on language and conversation as our means of constructing realities, are applied to the types of problems that people bring to therapists. The course presents step-by-step instruction in the techniques of the Miracle Question, finding non-obvious strengths, building on exceptions, possibility-laced acknowledgement, externalization of the problem, and various means of creating and revising personal narratives. There are clinical illustrations, numerous examples, and an emphasis on the nitty-gritty process of doing constructivist therapy with young clients.
This course is based on chapter 6 of the book, Child and Adolescent Therapy: Science and Art, 2nd Edition created by Jeremy Shapiro in 2015.
Child and Adolescent Therapy Science and Art 2nd Edition 2015
Course Material Author
Jeremy P. Shapiro
Jeremy P. Shapiro, Ph.D., a clinical child psychologist and adjunct faculty member of the Psychological Sciences Department of Case Western Reserve University, has 30+ years of experience as a psychotherapist, researcher, and trainer. Dr. Shapiro has published 7 books and numerous articles on topics including child abuse, depression, youth violence prevention, psychotherapy methods, and naturalistic outcome research, and he has presented over 200 workshops to therapists in over 40 states. From the beginning, the central focus of Dr. Shapiro's career has been integrating scientific findings with clinical reasoning to develop effective, practical strategies for helping clients.
Jeremy P. Shapiro authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Describe how postmodernist theory, which holds that our use of language governs the construction of our personal realities, provides a framework for psychotherapy.
Demonstrate effective solution-focused and solution-oriented therapy using the techniques of the Miracle Question, finding non-obvious strengths, building on exceptions, and possibility-laced acknowledgement.
Utilize effective narrative therapy using the techniques of externalization of the problem, finding sparkling outcomes, confronting the effects of harmful societal narratives, and various means of revising and creating personal narratives.
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