Title: “How to Change Your—and Your Client’s—State-of-Mind in 50 Minutes”
Date: January 26, 2012
Presenter: James J. Sanders, LMFT, President of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Description: Much of the challenge of being a talented therapist is being able to change your own state-of-being, to become attuned to your particular client. Once you’re within their world, within their frame of reference, you’ll discover a whole new paradigm. It’s dancing to their music, as it were, without any resistance on your part. This requires your authenticity, creativity, and personal congruency. Those who attend this engaging, innovative—and often humorous—lecture will learn to not merely think “outside the box,” but rather to jump out of the box with your whole self, for the benefit of the client. You will learn the “power of want”: You can help your future clients realize that the ability to do what they want is already within them.
Bio: James Sanders’ interest in mental health care set in at an early age. By age 17, he worked as a suicide hotline operator in Douglas County, Nebraska. After studying the writings of Milton Erickson and Ernest Rossi, Sanders graduated with a master’s degree in counseling with a thesis on clinical hypnosis. He immediately jumped into private practice. By 30, he had published his first book, made radio and television appearances, and taught at the collegiate level. Currently, Sanders is a licensed marriage and family therapist based in Orange County, California. He is the current president of the 30,000-member California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the world’s largest association for marriage and family therapists.