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Psychotherapeutic Diagrams: Pathways, Spectrums, Feedback Loops and the Search for Balance

About the Course:

Psychotherapeutic diagrams are drawings that summarize therapy material in a visual-spatial form. Diagrams make abstract ideas concrete, complement language with non-verbal forms of thought and communication, help clients understand their problems and the strategies used in therapy, and point the way toward change. This course presents a number of diagrams, provides instructions for developing your own, and explains how to use these conceptual pictures in therapy.

Many diagrams are well-suited to explaining and working on dialectical issues with clients, and these are the focus of this course. Dialectical diagrams show how multiple truths can co-exist, difficult issues have two sides, and the key to therapeutic progress usually lies in some form of balance and synthesis. The course draws on neuroscience research to describe the biological level of dialectical processes, and there are simple diagrams of the brain that therapists can use to help clients understand how their minds work. These visual tools are useful with children and adults across a wide range of diagnoses, and the course presents diagrams for treating anxiety, depression, perfectionism, aggression, common marital and parent-child problems, and many problems in living that don’t fit into a diagnostic category.

This course is based on the book, Psychotherapeutic Diagrams: Pathways, Spectrums, Feedback Loops and the Search for Balance created by Jeremy Shapiro in 2016.

Publication Date:

1st Edition 2016

Course Material Author

Jeremy Shapiro

Jeremy P. Shapiro, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and adjunct faculty member of the Psychological Sciences Department of Case Western Reserve University. He has 30+ years of experience as a psychotherapist, researcher, and trainer. Dr. Shapiro has published 7 books and numerous articles on topics including depression, violence prevention, psychotherapy methods, and naturalistic outcome research, and he has presented over 200 one-day workshops to therapists in over 40 states. From the beginning, the central focus of Dr. Shapiro’s career has been integrating research findings with clinical reasoning to develop effective, practical strategies for helping clients.

Course Creator

Jane Doe

Sandi Cardaman has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for more than 15 years. She has worked with eating disorders, domestic violence and clients who are working with the dependency system.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers who treat children, adults, and families. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Provide clients with a scientifically accurate understanding of their brain functioning that helps them make sense of their experiences, reduce guilt, and gain self-acceptance.

  2. Use simple diagrams to help clients integrate their natural styles and strengths into more balanced forms of functioning that resolve their difficulties and enhance their mental health.

  3. Use simple diagrams to help clients understand and reverse the maladaptive feedback loops that have driven dysfunction in their relationships, emotions, and behavior.

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References begin on page 267.

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