Presentation on theme: "From Warts to Wings: Ten Top Techniques for Helping Clients Re-Write Their Life Stories John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D. Department of Counselor Education."— Presentation transcript:
From Warts to Wings: Ten Top Techniques for Helping Clients Re-Write Their Life Stories John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D. Department of Counselor Education University of Montana John.firstname.lastname@example.org Johnsommersflanagan.com
Intro Comments Thanks to June and Kelly and Amanda and SDCA On my way to Spearfish [And why I wanted to get here]
This Morning’s Plan Articulate 10+ key principles and strategies of human change that you can use immediately to help clients, students, parents and yourselves rework personal narratives A summary handout and powerpoint slides are available at johnsommersflanagan.com
Morning Plan II Organized by chapter: Each chapter has a story, a cartoon, and a concluding principle Caveats [June: Just do a talk that’s inspirational, funny, is consistent with the conference theme, and includes counseling strategies.]
The Principle Expectations are strong narratives that create positive transformations or cause frustration and misery Manage your expectations or they’ll manage you.
Expectations for You I tell a few stories that illustrate principles and strategies for creating a healthy life narrative and helping students and clients do the same You listen, laugh at all the right times, and feel inspired
The Principle Be non-directive enough to allow clients and students freedom and then learn about what they’re trying to master And remember, clients, and especially young people, may treat you with ambivalence
Chapter Eight: Meeting Jesus at the Portland VA Hospital
The Principle If you want genuine cooperation Be less threatening
The Principle How you work with clients and students depends on where they are in terms of their development
Summary and Conclusions Intro: Manage your expectations Feed your positive wolf Be careful in your judgments Use passionate rewards and boring consequences Create your own respect bubble; and watch out for revenge It’s not what happens to you... but how you think...
Summary II Use the power of mind to focus on your goals Learn from observation and remember youth may treat you with ambivalence If you want genuine cooperation, be less threatening If you want to change behavior, make an new plan Love can overshadow our warts Pay attention to development