George Burns, PhD

Healing With Stories: The Art of Communicating Therapy Effectively

We have good science about what works in therapy but how do you effectively communicate that to your clients? Examining the healing value of communicating with metaphors in therapy, counseling and hypnosis, Adjunct professor George Burns provides creative story ideas that you can adapt to share with clients for effecting change, whether they be families or individual adults, adolescents and children. He will explain the processes of storytelling as well as how to tell stories that will engage your clients, how to make them metaphoric, and where to find sources for such tales. You will be guided through the processes for creating stories from your own personal experiences and theoretical orientation to therapy.

George Burns, PhD is a West Australian clinical psychologist whose innovative work as a practitioner, teacher and writer is recognised internationally. He has published seven books with 14 translations, including the best-selling 101 Healing Stories series as well as the recent, much-acclaimed Happiness, Healing, Enhancement. George is Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne, Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University, and Director of the Milton H Erickson Institute of WA. He spends much of his time these days teaching internationally and working as a volunteer clinical psychologist in developing countries such as Bhutan where he also leads professional study tours.