– a Tool for Reflection and Expression
This training is designed for
professionals with education and training in counseling and related fields
(marital and family therapy, psychologist, social worker, pastoral counselor,
Words Are Not Enough: PhotoTherapy CardsTM for Youth &
2 decks of 60 cards each and a training
Objectives of training:
prepare mental health professionals in the use of phototherapy cards as a tool
for engaging clients in reflective thinking and expression of thoughts and
feelings typically difficult to express.
understand the theoretical framework governing the development and use of the
for additional credit hours:
apply the use of the phototherapy cards with a specific area of therapy (i.e.
grief, couples in conflict, chronic illness, etc.)
Knowledge gained by participants:
addition to meeting the above objectives, the participants will learn how to
use the phototherapy cards to enhance practice skills and knowledge. The
CardsTM help make it possible to:
• express complex feelings
• talk about guarded thoughts
• think multi-dimensionally
• get out of a rut or move beyond a plateau
• recognize salient aspects of an issue not previously
• give a tangible way to express feelings
• unpack multi-level meanings that impact lives
• interweave contradictory thoughts and feelings
• make the chaos of emotions more comprehensible
The training will enhance the skills and knowledge of the therapist in
guiding clients to reach deeper and richer levels of awareness. Therapists will be better equipped to assist
their clients in weaving their newly
uncovered awareness into the reality of their lived experience. Through this process clients develop a
stronger sense of self allowing them to be more effective (caring and
compassionate) in their intimate relationships and thereby building strengths
and a renewed sense of direction or purpose in life.
CardsTM were developed by Dr. Hovey, a marriage and family therapist
and a poetry therapist, based on eighteen years of work with individuals and
families living with overwhelming life challenges and ongoing health
conditions. The images reflect the thoughts and feelings used by these families
to convey their experiences. The
PhotoTherapy CardsTM were decisively selected for their multiple
layers of symbolism and meanings. They have been used by several therapists to
test their usefulness and applicability in different settings and have proven
to be a powerful therapeutic tool.
These PhotoTherapy CardsTM have been
session-savers! The results have been rewarding and remarkable. Each of the
times I’ve used the cards it has lead to information I did not know and to the
exploration of my clients’ real worries and concerns. ~Harriet Kohen, MA, MSW, LICSW
liked everything about this workshop!
Diane’s cards are interesting and integrative.
The experience with them was instructive and powerful. I wanted more!
was the best workshop ever.
satisfying. I love the idea, the visual
and the written stimulation.