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Clinical Demonstrations from Master Therapists

There's something both inspirational and humbling about watching the clinical work of master therapists like Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson, Peggy Papp, and Erving Polster. While it's tempting to think they have a unique therapeutic gift, it's even more helpful to ask, "How do they do it?" In this unique show-and-tell Webcast series, you get both—powerful clinical videos of challenging sessions interwoven with detailed analysis of the techniques used, the moment-by-moment decisions made, and more.

Join us for 6 illuminating Webcast sessions with master therapists Erving Polster, Peggy Papp, Richard Schwartz, Steve Andreas, and Jeffrey Zeig.

These video demonstrations, combined with analyses by the master clinicians themselves, are designed to bring new insight and clarity of purpose to your clinical work. You’ll learn how to:

  • Cultivate spontaneity, curiosity, and excitement in your sessions
  • Leverage your personality, creativity, and humor to make your work come more fully alive
  • Bring a warm, authoritative presence to therapy without influencing the client too much
  • Attune most effectively with clients and use what's most genuine and affirming in the moment 
  • Incorporate tools and methods from theater, film, poetry, the visual arts, music, and other art forms that bring new inspiration to your sessions
  • Go beyond words and intellectualizing to help clients develop a fuller experience in the therapy room
  • Help clients access their most creative states of consciousness to solve problems outside your office

Take your work to a new level! Watch 6 master therapists work with challenging clients and learn as they analyze their techniques and clinical decision-making in depth. Discover a new way to expand your own clinical repertoire in our long-awaited Webcast series—Moment by Moment in the Consulting Room.

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Clinical Videos, Challenging Sessions, and
Detailed Analyses by Master Therapists

Session 1

Making New Things Happen
Erving Polster, Ph.D.

Watch highlights of the legendary Erving Polster as he works with a challenging client and discover the principles behind his seemingly spontaneous and intuitive approach. You'll learn how to:

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  • Harness the power of natural engagement as the foundation of the therapy experience
  • Disconfirm clients' preconceptions and awaken them to novel experiences and new perceptions of themselves
  • Recognize the importance of small steps in facilitating change and the power of developing a “yes mindset" with clients
  • Cultivate a sense of fascination with the connections you build with your clients

Erving Polster is the director of The Gestalt Institute of San Diego, and the author of several books, including Gestalt Therapy Integrated and From the Radical Center: The Heart of Gestalt Therapy.

Session 2

Metaphor, Symbol, and Fantasy in Couples Therapy
Peggy Papp, L.C.S.W.

Watch Peggy Papp work with a young couple as she uses metaphor and theatrical methods to transform therapeutic stalemates into transformational moments. You'll learn the value of:

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  • Going beyond words and intellectualizing to help clients develop a new language for what’s happening in their relationships
  • Using sculpting and other nonverbal methods to help clients gain a different perception of what they need to change
  • Molding new narratives and evocative metaphors that open up new possibilities for growth and change
  • Accessing the belief systems and intentions that underlie dysfunctional behavior

Peggy Papp is a senior faculty member of the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. She's the author of numerous articles and books on family therapy.

Session 3

The Challenge of Complex Trauma: Embracing the Disowned Self
Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Watch Richard Schwartz, developer of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, help a traumatized client contact her Core Self and integrate her conflicting parts. In the discussion about this case, Richard explains the subtle choices he made during the session to help his client access her own inner wisdom. You’ll learn how to:

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  • Help clients communicate with disowned and disliked parts of themselves
  • Connect clients with the calm, compassionate Core Self, the source of inner leadership
  • Avoid becoming the primary attachment figure and, instead, open the way for the client’s Self to emerge
  • Use methods for transparently handling situations in which the therapist can get emotionally triggered

Richard Schwartz is director of the Center for Self Leadership and the originator of the Internal Family Systems Model.

Session 4

Altering Consciousness Through the Arts
Jeffrey Zeig, Ph.D.

Observe Ericksonian therapist Jeffrey Zeig use his hypnotic skill to createnew Reference Experiences for clients in-session to help them access new skills. Jeff's detailed analysis of his clinical techniques and choices will help you:

  • Integrate elements of both the expressive and healing arts into your work
  • Use metaphors, visual images, and theatrical techniques to awaken clients from their negative trances
  • Understand how the language of both film and hypnosis offer new possibilities for helping clients access empowering resource states
  • Expand your own creativity and expressive range as a healer

Jeffrey Zeig is director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation and architect of the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences, the Brief Therapy Conferences, and others.

Session 5

The Clinical Artistry of Virginia Satir
with analysis by Steve Andreas, M.A.

Join Steve Andreas as he shares and analyzes clinical videos of Virginia Satir—one of the great masters of psychotherapy. Steve focuses on Virginia's ability to communicate at multiple levels and access the unconscious to dramatically accelerate the process of change. Find out how Satir:

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  • Used elements of theater and hypnosis to create transformative experiences with clients
  • Employed touch and other non-verbal interventions to establish rapport and trust, and anchor positive resource states
  • Used her expressive range to instill new beliefs, challenge preconceptions, and move clients beyond their self-perceived limitations
  • Used Family Reconstruction as a means of shifting systemic patterns and altering clients perceptions of themselves and their problems

Virginia Satir was a pioneering psychotherapist who developed the Satir Model for transformational change. Steve Andreas is a master therapist in his own right. And his books include Virginia Satir: The Patterns of Her Magic and Transforming Negative Self-Talk.

Session 6

The Clinical Wizardry of Milton H. Erickson
with analysis by Jeffrey Zeig, Ph.D.

A vintage video of celebrated hypnotherapist Milton H. Erickson shows his remarkable command of hypnotic language and his skill at inducing clients into altered states. Analysis by his former student Jeffrey Zeig will help you track Erickson's masterful use of presence, voice, and hypnotic suggestion including:

  • The principle of utilization—using whatever the client presents in therapy
  • The precise use of language and conjunctions to affect a client's state of mind
  • The use of posture and redirection to establish a commanding therapeutic presence with challenging clients
  • The ability to “create a new therapy for every person” through experience-based therapy techniques

Milton Erickson specialized in medical hypnosis and family therapy. He was the founding president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. Jeffrey Zeig was a longtime student of Milton's and director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation.

Take your work to a new level of skill and impact. Watch 6 master therapists work with challenging clients and learn as they demonstrate their methods and then analyze the decision-making that led to their clinical choices in our long-awaited Webcast series—Moment by Moment in the Consulting Room.

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3 Bonus Webcasts Bring New Inventiveness,
Power and Inspiration to Your Work

Seeing therapists as skilled in action as the masters is this series can leave a therapist wondering if there’s some special therapeutic gift that’s bestowed on a rare few. But as they have told us in their analyses of their own clinical work, it is not a mystery. They simply concentrate on creating something new for the client and they have techniques for doing it. These 3 Bonus Webcasts introduce you to the kinds of techniques the Masters rely on and show you how to integrate them into your own clinical work.


BONUS SESSION 1: Evoking Creative States of Consciousness

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Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D.

Master powerful methods for helping clients access the generative mind-body states that can help:

  • Identify positive intentions and well-formed goals that are succinct and resonant
  • Enhance client creativity through centering, attuning to positive futures, and cultivating an imaginary “resource council”
  • You use “journalistic questions” (who, what, when, how) and regularly evaluating results to help clients turn creativity into action
  • Transform internal obstacles and external barriers into real world solutions
  • Use positive daily practices to help clients bring more whole-hearted attention to personal development

BONUS SESSION 2: Vitalizing Your Clinical Style

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Courtney Armstrong, L.P.C.

Discover how to bring more of your creative potential into your work by:

  • Enhancing your ability to speak the language of the emotional brain and increase your attunement with clients
  • Developing your vision of the more empowered and expressive therapist you wish to be
  • Bringing more spontaneity, humor, playfulness, and joy into your work
  • Learning new ways to get clients’ full attention, trigger their curiosity, and kindle their motivation for change

BONUS SESSION 3: Expanding Your Therapeutic Range

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Ann Randolph

Learn lessons from an award-winning performer who can help you deepen and extend your clinical craft, including:

  • How to get in touch with your body, rather than fight what it’s telling you
  • Warm-up exercises that help you loosen up and give you greater access to your creativity
  • How playing an improvised character that’s not “you” can increase your powers of empathy and expressiveness
  • Discovering how to tune into your creative potential by giving freer expression to your underlying life themes

Have You Ever Wondered How to...

  • Develop a fuller therapeutic style reflecting more of your authentic self?
  • Bring more humor, emotion, and expressive range to your work?
  • Develop a fuller therapeutic style reflecting more of your authentic self?
  • Find sources of fresh inspiration to expand your range as a healer?
  • Become the therapist you always envisioned yourself to be?

Get the answers and insight you're looking for—plus guidance and inspiration from master therapistsin our long-awaited Webcast series Moment by Moment in the Consulting Room.

A New Way To Learn: A Note from Rich Simon

Dear Colleague,

As editor of the Psychotherapy Networker for over 30 years, I've learned a lot about what it takes to engage your curiosity, anticipate your questions, and make sure you get answers you can use. I've also learned that any subject, if approached in the right way, can be deeply engrossing, understandable, and entertaining.

My goal in each Webcast interview is to zero in on what you need to know to deepen your craft as a therapist. At the same time, the spontaneous, free flow of conversation makes learning far more enjoyable than stodgy workshop lectures and PowerPoint presentations. Our Webcast series are an exciting new way to stay on the field's cutting edge.

But enough words—to see what we mean, just click on the video below to watch a preview.

Steve Andreas talks about creativity—a hallmark of Virginia Satir’s powerful clinical work.


This Networker Webcast offers a unique opportunity to watch psychotherapy's master therapists at work in challenging clinical sessions and learn about the approaches and methods they use in challenging cases.

PS, You can have this inspiring, in-depth learning experience without leaving home or missing a day of work. Join me for this Webcast series Moment by Moment in the Consulting Room. It's the best CE deal anywhere.

PPS, Want the Webcasts with 6 CEs? Click here.


This is Learning that Fits Your Schedule

  • Start watching all 6 Webcasts immediately
  • Watch the Webcasts again and again for a full year. Take up to a year from the purchase date to complete your CE quiz online
  • Download audio of each session so you can listen any time—in your car, at home, or while you exercise
  • Download full transcripts and bonus articles to add to your permanent library

Watch informative, useful, and entertaining conversations with masters in the field. And if you're not completely satisfied, we'll refund your money in full—100%. Just let us know within 30 days. I'm that confident that you'll find this learning experience to be all that's promised and more than you expected. 

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Here's What Your Colleagues
Say about Networker Webcasts


Each session peaks my desire to learn more.
Edie Savage-Weeks – Visalia, CA


I feel inspired and hopeful for future improvement!
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So helpful and relevant to the challenges I am currently dealing with.
Julie Houck – Latin America


This was both moving emotionally and technically stimulating. Thank you.
Andrew Schwartz – Austin, TX


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