Engaging Clients in New Ways of Thinking, Behaving, and Experiencing: Incorporating Microcounseling into Outpatient Morita Therapy Practice and Therapist Training

[Speaker] Ishiyama, Ishu:1
1:University of British Columbia (Canada)

Residential Morita therapy has been practised in Japan since early 1920's for treating shinkeishitsu or anxious/nervous clients who engage in excessive self-focus and futile attempts to monitor/control imperfect covert conditions and symptoms. Clients learn to accept and yield to the here-now experience of such conditions and symptoms; instead they focus on concrete tasks and practical action for fulfilling their "desire for life" (desire to live well). Traditional residential Morita therapy has been replaced by outpatient Morita therapy and counselling as the primary treatment modality with new techniques and diverse and flexible applications. Morita therapists and trainees who use a collaborative framework are required to develop effective interviewing and Morita-based intervention skills. The author will describe his 5-phase outpatient Morita intervention model and discuss how the microcounseling approach can help identify and translate essential components of complex Moritian interventions into concrete and learnable skill sets for training Morita therapists and counsellors.
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