MARIN COUNTY CHAPTER OF CAMFT
Friday Evening Program
15 November, 2013
Building and Maintaining a Therapeutic Alliance with Clients via Dogs, Magic, Juggling and Humor
Presented by: John Gusman, LCSW
John Gusman will be focusing on how we build and maintain a therapeutic alliance with clients. He is a strong believer that while therapy often is hard work and painful, it can also be fun. Towards that end, particularly with children and adolescents, he regularly uses his dog, Arlo, in sessions, as well as magic, juggling, and humor, all of which provide excellent metaphors for the therapeutic process. He will be giving examples of how he does this via demonstrations and role-plays with attendees, as well as with some of his own case vignettes.
John Gusman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides outpatient psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of presenting problems and concerns. He received his training at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare and did an internship at Stanford University’s Department of Child Psychiatry. Before that he was a teacher at an international school in the Swiss Alps. For the past 31 years he has been working in private practice and at Jewish Family and Children’s Services / Parents Place as a clinician, supervisor, and Clinical Director. He will soon be leaving his agency position in order to focus more of his time on his private practice, as well as teaching and consulting.
Evening Program meetings include informal networking, announcements and refreshments for the first 20-30 minutes.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Networking is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 7:30 p.m.
$10 fee for non-Marin CAMFT members.
Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA (map
For more information about the Friday Evening Lecture Series and about joining the Committee, contact Committee Chair, Gary Gross