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Friday Lunchtime Program: How Does Psychotherapy Heal the Client? Beliefs, Rituals and Expectations, Presented by George Taylor, LMFT

  • Fri, September 11, 2015
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925



Friday, September 11, 2015

How Does Psychotherapy Heal the Client? 

Beliefs, Rituals and Expectations

George Taylor, LMFT

As psychotherapy practitioners, we are often so busy with our clients that we rarely go back to the deep roots of our vocation as healers and ask, “How does it work?” During this Marin CAMFT presentation, George Taylor will increase your knowledge and understanding of how psychotherapy works, how it can be more effective, and how language and presence can transform our clients in the context of the therapy session. This learning experience aims to help us become better healers, as we review key components of our profession. One key component we will focus on is the power of therapeutic presence, and in particular we will look at “Why it works and how” We will also focus on our beliefs, both as individuals and as professionals; about the way we work as therapists and how these beliefs influence the treatment outcome of clients. Finally, we will focus on how we can work with our own and our clients' expectations to be more effective healers. Several authors call psychotherapy a “non-medical” healing. While it may be true that we provide no medicine and perform no surgery, we act as healers using the tools of our profession - psychotherapy. We must remember that our work is part of a tradition that humans have been using for millennia. During this presentation, it is George Taylor's hope that you will be inspired by your work, as well as by the history and power inherent in these ancient traditions, which are the forerunners of modern psychotherapy. Much of the presentation will consist of experiential/interactive exercises, so we can share among colleagues our wisdom and experience about how we work with our clients in the art of psychotherapy

Since 1992, George Taylor, LMFT, has maintained private practices in Marin County and San Francisco. In his practice, he uses the workbook he authored, Couples on the Path: Ten Practices to Transform Your Relationship, in couples counseling and in small classes for couples. He also offers men's groups, specializes in working with men, as well as with individuals and couples recovering from addiction.

George Taylor has taught at Dominican University and the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he earned his Masters in Counseling Psychology. He has done many presentations at various CAMFT chapters, professional organizations and schools. His lifelong interest in Western and Eastern healing traditions and practices has compelled him to involve himself in his own personal psychotherapy, in art therapy workshops, men’s retreats and meditation retreats in Kathmandu and southern Thailand. He is an experienced practitioner and certified group leader of chi gong. His main area of focus and clinical expertise is body-oriented couples work, communication skills and conflict resolution. He co-teaches The Courage to Love workshops for couples throughout the Western States and in Hawaii, focusing on authentic communication and body-oriented awareness. 

Date: Friday, September 11, 2015

Time: Networking is from 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 1:30 p.m.

Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 fee for non-members.

Location: Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (map)

Information: For more information about the Friday Lunchtime Program Series and about joining the Committee, please contact the Chair, Nerina Cecchin

CEU APPROVALS: CAMFT approval of CE Provider status is pending for Marin CAMFT. This event will qualify for 1.5 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, and LPCCs. Contact Laurie Buntain, Director-at-Large for Programs for updates.
Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the Director at Large for Programs no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the Director at Large for Programs, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 

Grievance ProcedureMarin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director at Large for Programs.

Anti-Discrimination PolicyMarin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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