Research from brain science and positive psychology shows that awakening positive emotional states through experiential tools such as imagery, music, movement, and play is the fastest route to shift mood, decrease anxiety, and stimulate creative problem solving. But how do you help clients access resourceful states when they’re feeling hopeless and helpless? Discover how to help troubled clients reclaim inner states of peace, strength, joy, and vitality. Moreover, you’ll have opportunities to evoke your own uplifting states through experiential activities. Explore how to:
- Use imagery techniques to elicit desired emotions and engender positive feelings toward the self and the future
- Frame ideas, questions, and other interventions in ways that foster hope and boost motivation
- Craft music and movement interventions that lift depression, calm anxiety, and empower traumatized clients
- Use playful interventions that optimize learning and reinforce new behaviors
Courtney Armstrong, LPC, trains professionals in creative therapy techniques and is the author of Rethinking Trauma Treatment: Attachment, Memory Reconsolidation, and Resilience and The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck.