Curiosity & Questions Beyond the Spoken Words

WORKSHOP: Curiosity and Questions Beyond the Spoken Words

December 7 & 8, 2017

Jill Freedman, M.S.W.

A two-day workshop to develop skills to create meaningful and useful conversations in single session, brief or longer-term work

The ability to listen for cues of experiences beyond the spoken word is essential for therapists working at walk-in clinics and brief services. Skills in this kind of listening can be pivotal in creating meaningful and useful conversations in single session, brief or longer-term work. They lay the foundation for therapists to be able to create questions that move beyond the usual talk about problems and about ‘strengths’.

In day 1 of the workshop, Jill will share detailed ways of thinking and practicing that involve deconstruction of discourses that support a wide range of problems in people’s lives and relationships. Discourses sustain a particular world view. They include statements, practices and societal structures that share and circulate common values. Discourses shape how people understand, talk about and act in relation to problems, events and relationships. Jill will share practices and specific ways of crafting questions, which make discourses visible and ultimately undermine the power of the problem.

On day 1 you will learn about:
• The usefulness of unpacking experiences that support problems
• Why and when it is important to expose discourses 
• Pathways to thinking about discourses and recognizing them at play 
• The importance of timing questions about discourses 
• Crafting questions carefully, keeping them small and experience-near

On day 2 of the workshop, Jill will teach ways of listening to hear the ‘other stories’ of knowledge, skills, values and commitments. This focus for curiosity moves therapeutic conversations into territories that are outside of the taken-for- granted and the routine. This makes it possible to ask questions that build pathways toward new realizations and concepts. Engaging in listening for the absent-but- implicit in people’s words and actions puts therapists in the position to ask questions about subjugated stories of what people give value to, long for, or held precious.

On day 2 you will learn about:
• How stories about problems are in contrast with experiences that are preferred 
• Ideas from Michael White about double listening that can help us recognize cues to absent but implicit preferred experiences 
• How this kind of listening can inform and support our curiosity from the beginning and throughout therapy conversations 
• Questions we can ask to help people put words to what has been implicit 
• The profoundly useful effect this way of listening has on our crafting of questions and the outcomes of each and every session

Location: Windz Institute
ROCK Reach Out Centre for Kids Centre of Learning 
504 Iroquois Shore Rd., Unit 12A, Oakville, ON

Regular Rate: $375 + HST

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