Secrets We Wish They Taught Us About Therapy and How Clients Change

Secrets We Wish They Taught Us About Therapy and How Clients Change

October 27, 2023


3 CEUs

Many of us have likely attended dozens of workshops, seminars, conferences, webinars and certification programs in efforts to be better therapists and help to facilitate client change. This presentation focuses on secrets they never taught us about being a therapist and what really helps clients with life transformation. These are the lessons that experience, reflection and self-study has taught us!

Topics covered includes: the healing and transformational power of stories; the hero’s journey; strength based approaches; what the best counselors do; the use of naturally therapeutic qualities; the importance of bringing your entire self to the helping relationship; the power of the peer relationship; client transformation between sessions; advocacy; the therapeutic benefits of humor in therapy; the therapeutic benefits of the termination phase of therapy; lessons experience has taught you and much more.

OBJECTIVES: By the end of this presentation you will be able to:

• Utilize stories to help individuals and families transform their lives.

• Utilize naturally therapeutic qualities to help clients change.

• Utilize strength-based approaches to help clients change.

• Articulate what you learned from experience about life transformation.

• Bring your entire self to the counseling relationship.

• Reasons some therapists get better results than others using the same evidence-based approaches.

• Effectively end counseling relationships.

About the instructor:

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is a trainer and consultant whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. He has worked with adolescents for over twenty-five years in a variety of roles, ranging from social worker, consultant, and administrator. Sanders is author of five books and numerous workbooks. He had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. In 2003, he was named Professional of the Year by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Certification Association for his work as a trainer and consultant.


This workshop will take place in-person at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice:

969 E 60th Street; Chicago, IL 60637

Mask optional. This convening is open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.

If you have any questions about access or to request a reasonable accommodation that will facilitate your full participation in this event such as ASL interpreting, captioned videos, Braille or electronic text, food options for individuals with dietary restrictions, etc. please contact the event organizer.