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Magic Room I: Transformative Therapeutic Encounters

Instructor: Arden Henley

Date: May 6, 13, 27 & June 3

Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm PST

Location: Online

Price: $190

Course Description

The therapeutic encounter always has the potential to be transformative for both the person coming for help and the therapist. But, there is an art and a science to making such transformative moments happen and building on them when they do happen. This is what Magic in the Room I is all about.

Based on his over 50 years of experience as a therapist, Arden will provide a safe and generative environment for working therapists, young and old, experienced and less experienced to explore the actual work of therapy. At the outset of each meeting, Arden will share the knowledge of his experience, sometimes in the form of didactic presentations and others in the form of stories. After setting the tone in this way, the remaining time will be dedicated to discussing the work of participants. Bring your most profound dilemmas, disturbing issues and difficult cases and celebrate your greatest victories and rewarding learning experiences.

This course will help participants to:

  • listen more attentively and ask more evocative questions
  • connect responses to questions to alternative life choices
  • translate alternative life choices into sustainable change
  • acquire a more in depth understanding of their approach to therapy
  • feel more confident as a therapist

With over 50 years of experience as a therapist, Arden brings his deep knowledge of the work and vast experience in the room to this course. He has worked in contexts ranging from on the street with drug misusing youth to private practice at the family therapy institute that he and his wife founded. In 1996, Arden co-founded the City University in Canada, Master of Counselling program and taught at the university for 22 years. Leaving the university, he founded the Green Technology Education Centre where he uses his therapeutic skills to assist in society’s response to the climate crisis, including developing programs for people who are distressed by this crisis. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mental Health and Climate Change. Arden has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McMaster University, a Master’s degree in Psychology from Duquesne University and a Doctorate in Education from Simon Fraser University.