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Using Stories for Healing in Therapy: Exploring clients’ personal narratives, appropriate use of self-disclosure and creating transformations through stories with Jan Ogren, MFT, FREE event, CEUs $15 for Non-CAMFT Chapter members

  • 01/06/2017
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa


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Presented by Jan Ogren, MFT

Using Stories for Healing in Therapy: exploring clients’ stories, appropriate use of self-disclosure and creating transformation through stories.

We tell ourselves stories all the time. But how often do we listen to the messages? This workshop will help you listen deeply to your clients’ stories and to your own. Within these stories are the hidden keys to how people stay stuck repeating difficult and painful patterns in their lives. Through transforming the stories clients can create new roles for themselves in their lives.

This is especially helpful for couples and families and we will use the techniques of Interventive Interviewing to demonstrate how to guide and encourage change in family stories.

Cultural stories have a tremendous effect on any groups that aren’t considered the “norm.” We will examine stories from other cultures and how they show us a different window into sexuality and gender.

As therapists we have our own stories that can be helpful when used appropriately. Guidelines will be presented and exercises to explore what feels comfortable for the therapist regarding sharing personal stories and how to judge the affects of the stories on clients.

As a special treat Jan Ogren is a Story Teller and she will present the story, "The Hungry Ghost", which is helpful for clients dealing with feelings of not good enough. Bring your curiosity and openness, because this is an experiential workshop and we never know what will happen after we hear the magic words: “Once upon a time…”

10:30 - 11:00 Social networking and registration

Learning Objectives - After completion of the presentation the attendees will:

1. Know how stories can be used to radically effect change for clients. Learn how to listen for the stories clients tell themselves, be able to reflect the implicit of hidden messages, and practice techniques to help clients change their stories.

2. Understanding the multiple forms of self-disclosure and how to judge its impact and appropriateness. Guidelines (individualized for each clinician) for how, when and how much to use self-disclosure with clients.

3. Know how to find, create and share non-judgmental, healing stories for children, adults and families.

Learning Activities/Modalities: Didactic, Discussion, Video, Experiential, etc.:

1. Experiential – dyad activity for identifying hidden messages in stories and for exploring self- disclosure with clients. Group discussions.

2. Handouts and guidelines to take home.

3. Demonstrations of using stories with clients – how to listen for the client’s story, how to reflect that story and how to suggest a new narrative.

Disability Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability, please email

CEU Certificate: You must stay for the entire meeting to receive your certificate. Course certificates will be awarded at the end of the meeting, upon receipt of the completed course evaluation. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hrs of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

CEUs are free for RECAMFT members, or members of other CAMFT Chapters. Non-members who desire CEUs pay $15. 

Grievances: direct grievances to, and/or the chapter president at

Are you looking for help? Find therapists offering free natural disaster and crisis sessions here.  Please check out Visit the NAMI Warmline. Take a trauma-informed yoga class.  We will recover together! 

¿Buscas ayuda? Encuentre terapeutas que ofrezcan sesiones gratuitas de crisis y desastres naturales aquí. Visite Visite la NAMI Warmline. Toma una clase de yoga informada sobre el trauma. ¡Nos recuperaremos juntos!

Redwood Empire Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
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