Safe and Effective Use of Self training in Southern Ontario

This experiential training program on the Safe and Effective Use of Self is based on the teachings of Virginia Satir, co-editor of “The Use of Self in Therapy” (first edition). Satir, one of the most influential therapists to date, was renowned for her skill in this area. Her integrated model encompasses the best of current practice. I was fortunate to have trained intensively with Satir.

The program is for:
  • Therapists who plan to register with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and need to fulfill the requirement of 30 hours of training/experience in the safe and effective use of self (SEUS) as a therapist.
  • Any helping professional seeking to gain a deeper self and interpersonal awareness.
  • Anyone interested in an introduction to the Satir Model and the metaphoric methods of this pioneering master systems therapist.
Program Outline:

Heightened self and interpersonal awareness is core to the safe and effective use of self.
Our process will be interactive, deeply mindful, and fun!

Through structured experiential exercises, discussion and self reflection, we will explore:

  • subjective context – beliefs, family history, cultural lenses, personal rules
  • congruent verbal and non-verbal communication
  • ingredients of an interaction – unpacking the automatic
  • coping under stress, and self care
  • projections, preconceptions, prejudices, triggers
  • power dynamics, self disclosure and boundaries
  • making contact, use of self, personal style

30 hours, (4 full days 10 am-6 pm)

Facilitated by Sandra Finkelman, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist

As a psychotherapist and consultant with over 35 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, Sandra brings both breadth and depth of knowledge and skill to her practice. An experienced and dynamic facilitator, she offers workshops and training on interpersonal communication, personal growth, and the Satir Model. Her particular area of expertise is in developing experiential workshops geared to promoting and enhancing self and interpersonal awareness.

Sandra holds a first class honours BSc in psychology (McGill), where she held a McConnell Scholarship; and an MA in counselling psychology (Western), for which she received a National Research Council of Canada Scholarship. She completed additional postgraduate work in human development and family studies (Cornell), and marriage and family therapy (University of Toronto). Sandra  then trained intensively with Virginia Satir (the internationally acclaimed master therapist and trainer in human systems change strategies). She also has certifications in Gestalt Therapy, Relational Life Training (Level 1 & 2), and NLP.


Rave Reviews for SEUS Training:

“If you work in human services as a counsellor, doctor, nurse, PSW, police officer… anything … you should really take this workshop. Sandra Finkelman is an amazing facilitator and you will learn so much about yourself and how to work with people more effectively, you won’t regret it. Some words to describe the program from our group: rewarding, empowering, transformative, energizing, safe, informative… worth every penny. I will be a better therapist for having taken this workshop.”

“Thank you Sandra. I’m  making lots of use of the material from the workshop both personally and professionally. As a result I’ve had more clients experience aha moments in sessions in the last month than in the previous five years. Amazing. I was not expecting it to have such a profound impact on me. Generally I am more mindful overall, feeling awakened!  Very grateful for our time together.”

“Wonderful rich experience. Nurturing intellectually and emotionally.”

“A lot of material to integrate into my personal life, my perspective as a therapist, and to use as exercises with clients.”

“This is the most enjoyable workshop I’ve attended to date! I was able to develop much greater self-awareness, growth and insight. Sandra you are a wonderful facilitator! You provided a rich environment for self-reflection as well as fostering a sense of community within our group so that we were able to learn from each other’s experiences as well. I found this training to be very enriching.”

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