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Collaborative Therapeutic In-Session Note Taking

January 22, 2018

When people engage in a helping conversation, there is often a sense that something special has taken place, that something has been made sense of in a new and useful way. However, this “sense of something” often fades once the person leaves the consulting room. It is easy to forget the details of the conversation, and people often find that the problem reasserts itself in a persistent and overbearing way once they are outside of the therapy conversation.

In a different way, helpers can be burdened by the responsibility of record keeping and find themselves reducing a useful conversation to a few lines of problem-saturated writing that may or may not accurately reflect the scope of the conversation.

Ethical approaches to records invite us to consider the effect of what we write in a person or family’s record. This, along with time constraints and heavy caseloads, underscores the usefulness of in-session and collaborative note-making processes.

This workshop will introduce an in-session note taking method that is ethical, informative and therapeutic.

Participants Will Learn To:                          

  • Use note taking to make overwhelming, long-standing problems manageable
  • Map visually the problem and problem effects to identify starting points for change
  • Use in-session notes to document strengths and next steps

Presenter: Bonnie Miller MSW, RSW

Fees and Registrations


January 22, 2018


Hincks-Dellcrest Institute
114 Maitland Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1E1 Canada
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