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Presenter: Robert Staffin, PsyD, ABPH
Ego Strengthening for Clinicians: Utilizing Stories to Make Your Work Evocative
Many clinicians have read the works of Erickson and other notable contributors in the fields of medicine and mental
health and have been enchanted by their use of stories to achieve their strategic and therapeutic goals. Engaging and
entertaining as these tales may be, many clinicians believe that they themselves are not capable of creating, crafting and
utilizing stories in their clinical work. This workshop will highlight how practitioners across disciplines can utilize the
histories and experiences of their patients, themselves and the context within which the encounter is taking place as the
grist for the therapeutic story mill. Through didactic presentation and small group exercises participants will be taught
the different functions that stories can serve and how to construct them based on one's strategic or therapeutic intent.
Whether one is working in a medical setting, a psychotherapy practice or some other clinical venue, learning how to
construct and intersperse stories into your clinical conversations can serve to promote engagement, enhance rapport,
orient patients towards treatment goals and facilitate cooperation with treatment. Through this session participants will
be able to identify and describe the tools and resources that they already possess and ways to utilize them that will be
both self?affirming for the clinician and engaging for the patient.