Change the Metaphor, Change the Self: An Introduction to Clean Language, Symbolic Modeling, and Metaphor Therapy

Presented by Gina Campbell, MEd, CAPF, CCF on 07-15-2011 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 10:30 a.m. Pacific (1:30 p.m. Eastern)

Every moment of every day, we are flooded with new information, whether its source is external, through our senses, or internally generated by our mind/body. Metaphor therapy contends that we make sense of what could be an overwhelming flow by encoding the information in metaphor: We find an appropriate image or symbol, imbue it with meaning and emotion, and file it away, as integral a part of our neural network as the original stimulus. Then, like an entry in an internal dictionary, it’s available to our mind and body to reference as to how to categorize and best respond to future challenges. Getting a detailed picture of these internalized metaphors gives both the therapist and the client a vivid map of core beliefs and patterns, conflicts, and blocks and also helps illustrate the client’s inner strengths and resources. Misconceptions and maladaptive solutions reveal themselves as metaphors, and these can be addressed, re-imaged, and resolved at the symbolic level.

In this web conference, Gina Campbell will introduce Clean Language and Symbolic Modeling, therapeutic processes that provide the therapist with tools and strategies for enabling the client to engage experientially with his/her metaphors to foster clarity, enhance resources, and promote lasting change at the mind/body level. Initially developed to work with trauma survivors, Clean Language and Symbolic Modeling are now used with a wide range of clients, dealing with nearly any issue that causes people to seek help, including anxiety, addiction, depression, stress, and grief as well as relationship, career, and existential challenges.

In addition to their therapeutic effectiveness, the significant attributes of these therapies are their fostering of trust and connection between client and therapist, their deep respect for the client as the expert on him/herself, and the way they help keep the clinician’s assumptions, biases, and personal "stuff’ out of the session. Finally, working with images that emerge and evolve unexpectedly, with a sort of dream logic, is fun and fascinating for both client and therapist, helping to keep both committed to the therapy.

Ms. Campbell will also present the theory behind metaphor therapy. Grown from roots in neurolinguistic programming (NLP), Eriksonian hypnosis, systems theory, and cognitive linguistics, metaphor therapy theories now appear to be validated by newer research in brain neuroplasticity and implicit memory.

This web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Conceptualize the role of metaphors in shaping and mapping a client’s worldview and responses;
  2. Explain how modeling metaphor systems can support their therapeutic goals;
  3. Describe how they might empower clients to creatively interact with their metaphors so they are in charge of prescribing and enabling change;
  4. Integrate Clean Language skills with other therapy models to enhance client-counselor rapport and therapeutic effectiveness.

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Meet the Presenter

Gina Campbell, MEd, CAPF, CCF

Gina Campbell, MEd, CAPF, CCF

Gina Campbell received her MEd in School Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. Her interest in metaphor led her on a path of study that began with journal therapy, included poetry therapy, and finally led to Symbolic Modeling. She is credentialed as a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator (CAPF) through the National Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy, the field’s credentialing body, of which she is the past president. She is also a Certified Clean Language Facilitator (CCF) with extensive training and experience with Symbolic Modeling, and an approved NBCC continuing education provider.

Gina Campbell is the director of Mining Your Metaphors, and she has been offerings trainings in Clean Language and Symbolic Modeling to healing professionals since 2005. In her office in Baltimore, by phone, and on Skype, she offers private Symbolic Modeling sessions to foster clarity and growth. To learn more about Gina Campbell and upcoming training opportunities with Mining Your Metaphors, please visit Mining Your Metaphors. The site also has links to abbreviated audio and video Symbolic Modeling sessions.

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