223 Therapy’s Inner Game

Richard SchwartzRichard Schwartz • Friday Morning
A key part of being an effective therapist is maintaining an awareness of what emotions the client’s behaviors may be triggering in you—and retaining your ability to manage those triggers. These skills are particularly important with clients whose intense, angry, volatile, or highly vulnerable emotional states and reactions (from bullying to idealizing you) can bring such concerns to the fore. This is where the therapist needs to be at the top of his “inner” game, and this workshop will show you how. You’ll learn exercises to help you step back and identify the different “parts” of the self that get triggered, when, and how. We’ll then focus on five “P”s to help you counter those triggers: Presence, Perspective, Persistence, Patience, and Playfulness. You’ll come away with newfound knowledge about how to cultivate and access the mature Self in transforming these triggers into opportunities to grow as a person and clinician.

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., director of the Center for Self Leadership and the originator of the Internal Family Systems model, is the author of Internal Family Systems Therapy.

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