Strategies for Socratic Questioning

Strategies for Socratic Questioning: Helping Clients Uncover Innate Knowledge and Insight to Unlock Change.

November 8, 2023

9am-12pm CT

Live and Interactive on Zoom

3 CEUs

Socratic questioning is an age-old cross-disciplinary method to develop innate knowledge, identify assumptions and understand belief systems. In psychotherapy, socratic questions invite our clients to build insight and identify contradictions and discrepancies in their thinking to unlock change. This technique has applications across theoretical orientations: CBT, IFS, psychodynamic and third wave approaches.

This training will build and expand clinical competence in the clinical application of socratic questioning. We will review the evidence for socratic questioning in clinical settings, introduce specific categories and types of socratic questions, present techniques for successful collaboration through socratic questions, and address barriers and challenges.

The workshop will use lecture, video, small group discussion and real play practice with case examples to allow participants to gain a theoretical understanding and practical application of Socratic questioning techniques.

Learning objectives:

Attendees will be able to:

  • Express the evidence for Socratic questioning in the clinical setting
  • Summarize the specific types of Socratic questions
  • Articulate collaborative Socratic dialogues across theoretical frameworks with a variety of client presentations
  • Implement problem solving when “clients want answers not questions”


Stephanie Renno is the Senior Director of Clinical Practice and Training at the Cohen Veterans Network where she oversees the network-wide training of clinical evidence-based practices and processes and works directly to support each clinic in delivering state of the art clinical services to veterans and military families. An expert in treating Postraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Substance Use Disorders, Dr. Renno has trained clinicians worldwide in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance Use Disorders. She has worked in both government and not-for-profit sectors providing and overseeing mental health services for veterans, service members and their families. Dr. Renno received her DSW in social work from the University of Pennsylvania, her MSW from University of Chicago and her BS from University of Illinois.


This workshop will take place via Zoom: Meeting Format (cameras and microphones accessible). Access information will be shared via email at least 24 hours prior to the start of the workshop. The workshop will not be recorded.

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.