Making Meaning in Therapy: How to Help People Shape Their Lives

Presented by Jake Eagle, LPC on 10-16-2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific

The one truth in the world of psychotherapy and interpersonal dynamics is that all meaning is made up.

As therapists, we help people in therapy explore how they make meaning.

  • Do they frame their world through a victim/perpetrator model, or a personal empowerment model?
  • Do they see their world through their eyes, or the eyes of others?
  • Do they live in a dualistic world or right/wrong and good/bad, or a pluralistic world of diverse views?
  • Do they try to discard parts of themselves that they don't like, or integrate those parts?

The meaning that our clients make creates exactly the lives that they have today. When we help people alter the meaning of one event in their lives, it's comparable to giving them a meal—temporary sustenance. When we teach people how they can change meaning independently, we are teaching them how to feed themselves.

The extraordinary thing about our work as therapists is that we can help people learn to make meaning in ways that are constructive, healing, and empowering. Our single greatest tool is our ability to help our clients shape not only the meaning of their lives, but the meaning that they make moment to moment.

But most of us never had a class or a practicum in "how to make meaning." We do some of it instinctively. Some of us have learned how to reframe, or use techniques like NLP's Perceptual Positions, or EMDR, which alters meaning though we aren't sure exactly how it works.

This web conference will help you learn to be more intentional and skilled in helping your clients shape the meaning of the events in their lives. The approach you will learn is based on the pioneering work of John Weir, PhD, professor of psychology at Caltech during the 1960s. Dr. Weir created a linguistic technique, originally called Percept, which is now known as ReSpeak. After Dr. Weir retired at the age of 85, he spent the next six years mentoring Jake Eagle who is one of the stewards of Dr. Weir's legacy.

This intermediate, instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Demonstrate how language can be used as a mindfulness practice.
  2. Determine how to model a way of speaking that invites clients to take responsibility for their feelings.
  3. Discover how to shift from a victim/perpetrator language pattern to an empowerment language pattern.
  4. Explain how to disconnect present events from historical interpretations of those events.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. The video portion of the web conference center is not accessible via smartphone or tablet.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of GoodTherapy.org can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area.

At the conclusion of this event, you will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate. You will need to enter the start and end codes that will be announced at the beginning and end of the presentation. These codes confirm that you attended the entire event. You will be prompted to complete a survey. You will need to complete this online survey within six days of the event. Once you complete the survey, you can download a copy of your CE certificate instantly.

403.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Highlights

Very thought-provoking. - Bruce Campbell, LMFT

Great information about how to model a way of speaking that invites clients to take responsibility for their feelings. - Patzia Gonzalez, RP, DCEP

Jake is very passionate about his subject. Inspirational. - Erik Rostamian, LSW

​Loved being reminded of the use of language as a tool in counseling and the specific utilization of ReSpeak approaches. - Catherine Gruener, LCPC, NCC

Meet the Presenter

Jake Eagle, LPC

Jake Eagle, LPC

Jake Eagle is a licensed mental health counselor and co-founder of Reology.org. He is the author of ReRight Your Life, An Introduction to Reology, as well as co-author of Holistic NLP for Japan. Eagle is also the creator of Dating Relating Mating: The Ultimate Relationship Program.

Jake has been in private practice for 22 years. He blogs regularly on the topic of psychotherapy, and co-founded NLP Santa Fe in 1994. He studied for four years with a master therapist who spent his life living in the remote desert, and then worked for another six years with two other pioneers that had devoted their life to what is now known as Reology.

Jake and his wife Hannah Eagle, who is a homeopath, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They co-lead retreats for therapists and laypeople at various locations around the world. To learn more about their work, please visit www.reology.org.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.