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"The Power of Metaphor Assists Clients in Unlocking New Perspectives "

  • June 02, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Woodland Hills Country Club 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills 91364


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Membership Meeting 

with Kim Hermanson, PhD 

"The Power of Metaphor Assists Clients in Unlocking New Perspectives "  

Metaphor has been fundamentally misunderstood as merely a linguistic device, yet it is much, much more than that. Research demonstrates that at a deep level, metaphor alters how we perceive the world and aligns us with deep soul wisdom. Many of us make decisions and navigate through the world in a pre-verbal, metaphoric way. Whether it's a career path, a place to live or a decision about who to marry, we choose the one that "feels right"-the career that feels inspiring and expansive, the house that feels lighter, the person who brightens our spirits. These decisions are made through our body's ability to metaphorically connect with universal creative energies that lie beyond our 'thinking' mind. The field of metaphor therapy has shown that working with metaphor provides clients with a direct path to creative breakthroughs and remarkable shifts of perception. Metaphor opens a potent way of knowing that most haven't had access to in our culture.

Learning Objectives

In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Analyze how metaphor is an effective way to assist clients in their everyday life.
  2. List 2 ways that a metaphor's power effects change.
  3. Explain how metaphoric images can provide openings to deep creative energies for clients who feel stuck.
  4. Identify how an experience of metaphoric knowing shifts client perspectives.
Kim Hermanson, PhD is an author, coach and educator who currently serves as adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her books include Getting Messy: A Guide to Taking Risks and Opening the Imagination and Sky's the Limit, which received an Independent Publisher Book Award. She has co-authored with Anthony S. Bryk, president of the Carnegie Foundation and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, New York Times bestselling author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and many other books. Mihaly said this of Kim's work: "Not since Carlos Castenada's books 40 years ago have I had such a strong reaction. This is very powerful stuff." Kim has previously taught at Holy Names University, University of California Berkeley, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and Esalen Institute. Her PhD is from the University of Chicago, where her doctoral research earned her an Outstanding Research Award from the American Educational Research Association. Kim worked as a corporate computer scientist in the field of artificial intelligence before a series of mystical experiences launched her calling to expand our human ways of learning and knowing. She is known for her skill in quickly shifting people out of psychological difficulties into a place of profound beauty, healing and creative flow.



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Sunday, June 2, 2019


8:30am-9am Registration/Networking/Continental Breakfast*

9am-9:30am Membership Meeting/Chapter Announcements*

9:30-11am CEU/Speaker Presentation

11am-11:15am Member Announcements/Opportunity Drawing*

11:15am-11:30am CEU Certificate Pick-Up/Networking*

11:30am-1:30pm Board Meeting ~ All Welcome!*

This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.

Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.

* = non CEU portion of course

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Woodland Hills Country Club (Grand Ballroom)

21150 Dumetz Road Woodland Hills, CA 91364

The Country Club does not allow denim. This location is ADA compliant.


SFV-CAMFT chapter members

$15 (online until Sunday prior to event 11:59pm) / $25 (online week of event or walk-ins)

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$25 (online until Sunday prior to event 11:59pm) / $35 (online week of event or walk-ins)

$20 (STUDENTS ONLY - online until day before event 11:59pm)

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SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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