Bill O’Hanlon, M.S.

Metaphors Be With You:

Using Stories for a Change

webinar time

Tuesday 1 May
10.00am – 11.30am AEST
Duration: 90 minutes


$143 ($130 +GST)

Inclusions: recording of the webinar made available after the session, a certificate of attendance with 1.5 CPD hours, any handouts as provided by the presenter

Webinar outline

Stories can be a powerful change tool, respectful and non-impositional. This presentation will introduce you to the use of stories and other metaphorical methods in therapy. Even if you are not a “natural storyteller,” you will learn to design and deliver stories, healing rituals, and other metaphorical interventions and understand how they can be helpful in the process of change.



  • Why Stories?
  • That reminds me of a story
  • Homo Narrans – The storytelling animal
  • Exercise: Freeing up the metaphorical brain


Types of metaphors

  • Fables/parables
  • True stories
  • Metaphorical clusters and frames
  • Life stories and narratives
  • Therapeutic or teaching stories
  • Rituals and symbols


Using stories to create change

  • Introducing new frames of reference
  • Validating people and experience
  • Suggesting new ways of doing things
  • Inspiring people


Elements of Effective and Engaging Stories

  • Rewriting Life Stories:  How to change unhelpful stories and start spreading better ones
  • Finding your favorite and most helpful stories
  • Metaphors in Action
    • Rituals
      • Disconnection
      • Connection
    • Symbols
      • Physical objects
      • Problem symbols
      • Solution symbols
      • Change/transition symbols


Metaphors Be With You: Trust the Force

Webinar Course Objectives

  1. To recognize the importance of stories in the change process
  2. To list the elements of effective and engaging stories
  3. To be able to tell one therapeutic story.

Who should attend

Psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, coaches – any professional who is providing services online.




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