Friday, February 5, 2016
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


University Center Ballroom
Garden City Campus
1 South Ave.
Garden City, NY 15530

Experiential Adventures, The Metaphor and Recovery

With Bobby Chapman, MSSW, LMSW, LADAC, Clinical Specialist/Adventure Therapist

This workshop is sold out.

6 CEs

If you desire more animation and energy in your groups and individual sessions, if traditional talk therapy sometimes feels too blunted, than this workshop may assist you in enlivening those processes. This session is designed to present experiential and metaphoric based skills that can assist in both introspective processes as well as shame reduction with clients in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, sexual addictions, gambling, food etc.  Experiential work can contribute to the advanced facilitator’s “bag of tricks.”  Developed in the 1970s, experiential therapy uses role play, guided imagery and a range of alternatives to talk therapy to address deep seated issues that are often associated with comorbidity and relapse. One primary format presented (“separate yourself from your disease”), based in metaphor, serves as a primer for movement into multiple experiential opportunities in group and individual sessions.  This fun didactic and experiential presentation is organized around lecture, experiential exercise, role-play and case examples.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will have increased ability to facilitate experiential work, and use therapeutic metaphor and its application to introspection.
  • Participants will have experienced participation in guided imagery techniques to utilize in the treatment of addiction.
  • Participants will be able to utilize principles of experientially “separating oneself from their disease” thus increasing the address of denial and leading the client to profound opportunities to “own” issues of unmanageability surrounding primary addiction issues.
  • Participants will be taught and able to use the “sentence stem” technique with experiential and general work, increasing ability to guide clients into various introspective processes.

Bobby-ChapmanBobby Chapman, MSSW, LMSW, LADAC, Clinical Specialist/Adventure Therapist. Mr. Chapman has provided extensive training services throughout the country and has been on the faculty of CENAPS Intensive School of Relapse Prevention Specialists.

logo-theranchHe has been published in Addictions and Recovery Magazine as well as other recovery related publications. Bobby also specializes in Adventure Therapy techniques utilizing the Challenge Course, Ropes Course, Experiential and Metaphor Therapy as tools for enhanced recovery.  He also facilitates the Family Therapy Program with the clinical team at The Ranch.

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This program has been approved for CEU credits by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work. Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education credits. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events. If there are any changes in State regulation, this policy will updated accordingly.  

For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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