How to Use Metaphors: Speaking Our Client’s Language

How to Use Metaphors: Speaking Our Client’s Language


Course Introduction


Thursday, April 22, 2021 – 11am-1pm (EDT)

This course is eligible for 2 CEUs for social workers through the NASW National CE Approval Program in 46 states

This course is also eligible for 2 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASACs) in New York State

Format: Live Online Seminar 

When used correctly, metaphors can be powerful and transferable tools for our clients. From clarifying, to illustrating, or to providing context, metaphors are this rare tool that can help shift things around between us and our clients.

Metaphors can allow for difficult conversations to be had in a way that reduces any possible defensiveness and that allows for ongoing exploration. And, as we learn how to best use metaphors, we become more able to decipher what our clients are really communicating, as well as what they are not truly saying. We can also learn how to best help them unpack their own metaphors to get to the root of what may be going on.

But how is all of this possible? Join us and find out.

What you’ll learn

At the end of this online seminar, you will have:

  • Learned how to use metaphors, how to recognize them, and ways to understand and assess for them.
  • Learned the Principles, Techniques, Steps, and Do’s and Don’ts of the Socratic Motivational Practice to discover the impact using metaphors may have on our patients and clients.
  • Increased your tools of talking with patients and clients, by identifying at least one thing you will start doing differently at the end of the seminar, as a result of the Socratic Motivational Practice framework.
  • Everything you want in one place, including an illustration of how to implement the newly learned skills during our role plays.
  • Received your certificate by email after your post-test and evaluation are completed.

Who is this for

This course is for any clinician invested in learning new or honing existing skills to be able to use in dynamic ways to support their patients and clients and to end suffering.

What others have said about our courses:

“I am so grateful to be a part of SWEET. It is educational, well presented, and I learn something new or forgotten with every webinar that I attend.” – Vilma, LCSW-R

“Organized and prepares group of what topics are being covered.” – Mark, LMSW

“I love that there is a common language for terms and how things work together. Helps integrate the information.” – Jill, LMSW

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Karen and Mardoche are Co-Founders of, and the Main Facilitators at the SWEET Institute. They have more than 40 years of clinical practice in over 10 different practice settings. They have provided services from all levels of care, from line work to executive management, often doing both simultaneously, and have done work on the policy level and have reached communities nationally and internationally. They are both affiliated with Columbia University and are regular contributors to Psychology Today.
Price $30.00
Instructor Mardoche and Karen from SWEET Institute
Duration 2 hours
Enrolled 0 students
Language English
Date April 22