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Engaging people in treatment through the use of metaphor: A practical skills-based approach for health professionals

Event number: 17307
6.5 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Dr Julie Rowse

Engaging clients in treatment is critical to successful health outcomes. If a client is not actively participating in treatment it is unlikely to be effective. People are more likely to engage in treatment if they understand what their health issue is, what treatment will look like and how it will make a difference in their life.

The use of metaphors to help explain health conditions and treatment can be a valuable engagement tool. Metaphors are either verbal stories or visual representations that clients can relate to, and can be very helpful at engaging clients in treatment.

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of how to use metaphors to engage clients through the teaching of practical skills that can be directly applied to the everyday workplace. 

Learning Objectives:

- To understand how metaphor can be used to disseminate information and encourage engagement in treatment.

- To be able to use a metaphor to explain a health condition or treatment option relevant to their field of practice.

- To understand how to identify a clients interests and be able to use what is important to the client to generate engagement through a metaphor relevant to the client.

- To understand how a metaphor can be used to measure client progress over time.

- To be able to articulate the benefits of using metaphors as an engagement tool. 

About the presenter(s)

Dr Julie Rowse (Bach. O.T. (Hons); PhD) is passionate about people being able to live life to the full. Julie is a mental health occupational therapist with 18 years’ experience working with individuals, families and groups across all age ranges. In addition to providing treatment, Julie also has many years of providing clinical supervision and training to a range of mental health clinicians. In 2016 Julie opened the private practice, Healthy Mind and Soul.
Julie has developed and facilitated several successful workshops throughout her career as well as speaking at conferences locally, nationally and internationally. Julie is a passionate and engaging speaker who enjoys encouraging and motivating others.



Online registration

Parkville, Melbourne

Centre for Theology & Ministry
29 College Crescent
Parkville, Melbourne, VIC 3052
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 21/2/2017
End date: 21/2/2017
Time: 9am to 4.30pm

Hurstville, Sydney

Hurstville Training Rooms
3/124 Forest Road
Hurstville, Sydney , VIC 2220
Start date: 14/3/2017
End date: 14/3/2017
Time: 9am to 4.30pm


$295 (early bird $265 if paid 4 weeks prior)


Healthy Mind and Soul
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