The Browne Center

WORKSHOP: 101 experiential techniques for counselors and therapists

The purpose of this workshop is to offer innovative methods of enriching the therapeutic and educational process through the use of experiential and active treatment techniques. Rather than just focusing on the “talking the talk” part of therapy and teaching, this workshop will also provide applied methods of “walking the talk” to use in individual and group therapy sessions, as well as other educational settings, to enrich more traditional approaches and assist clients in being more effective in reaching their therapeutic goals.

Based on more active approaches to treatment and learning, examples of experiential therapeutic techniques offered in this workshop include: building alliances, alignment, amplification, asset building, conflict, escalation, diffusing, conflicting world views, coalitions, boundaries, change processes, investment, collusion, hierarchy, double binds, emotional cutoff, enactment, homeostasis, joining, power, perspective building, reframing, rules, scapegoating, transfer, triangulation, symmetry, etc.

Workshop participants will actively learn and practice these techniques throughout the day. In addition, theoretical background, rationale, models, case studies, and contraindications for such techniques will be offered in order to improve the participant’s ability to apply them effectively (see for a sampling). Most importantly, participants will leave the workshop with effective techniques they can use in their next client or teaching session.

Target audiences:

(1) Counselors/Therapists/Direct care staff operating in traditional settings

(2) Therapists and field staff working in non-traditional settings

(3) Teachers/instructors/supervisors of therapists in training

(4) Educators interested in using experiences to enrich learning

Presenter: Michael A. Gass (Ph.D., LMFT) is a Professor and Coordinator of the Outdoor Education Program at the University of New Hampshire. He is the Co-Coordinator of the MSW/MS Dual Degree Program in Adventure Therapy at UNH.

  • Times: 9 am – 4:30 pm, Tuesday April 24, 2012
  • Lunch: 12:30  – 1:30 pm on your own (bring back lunch) Coffee/tea included in fee
  • Cost: $119 Professionals*, $99 AEE Members and UNH Staff/Faculty, $49 Students (ID Number Required)
  • Location: The Browne Center for Innovative Learning, 340 Dame Road, Durham NH 03824
  • CEUs: 6.5 NASW Cat. 1 CEUs (Pending Approval – please contact us for info on authorization status)
  • *Additional Benefit: Professionals attending will receive a complimentary 6-month trial membership to AEE included in their registration fees.

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The Browne Center has been providing innovative experiential learning programs since the early 1980s. We provide a wide range of programming from comprehensive trainings to shorter one-day sessions. Our learning programs evolve to meet the needs of our clients and our diverse client base allows us to draw upon best practices from a variety of disciplines and remain sensitive to specific needs and outcomes.

Creating a dynamic program based on your group's specific goals is our approach with every single client. We can provide an action-packed program to meet your needs – whether you are coming together as a new group, integrating new members, building positive group relationships, addressing specific behaviors, or striving for performance excellence.