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Mobilizing the strengths of the individual - Terry SOO HOO - EN2M2 - 2022/2023

400,00 €



Web training module 2022/23
(in English with live translation into French)

Mobilize the strengths of the individual

Terry SOO-HOO, Ph.D

Director of the Family Therapy Clinic
at MRI Palo Alto

This 2-session module introduces the important principles of the client's strengths-based strategic therapy approach to working with resource activation. This approach is based on the integration of different theories such as strategic therapy, family systems theory and solution-focused therapy. There will be discussions of clinical case examples as well as viewing videos of therapy sessions conducted by the presenter.   


In this training, students discover the different theoretical and technical concepts of the strategic therapy approach based on the strengths of individuals.
Many videos will be presented in order to better understand the concepts of the approach, the elements of the framework and the different characteristics of the interventions (examination of the problem cycle, problem solving, strategic questioning, strategic communication, the stages of an intervention, how to frame the interventions to work in the cultural context of the client, the posture of the intervener, the therapeutic alliance, etc.) The selection of extracts from the videos will be viewed and worked on in groups, and commented by the trainer. Students will also have the opportunity to present their clinical cases for co-vision. This consultation will focus on how to use the principles of the force-based strategic approach to work on student cases.

These online courses will be given in English with consecutive oral translation into French.

Objective of the module

  • Relate the elements of the observed sequences to the fundamental concepts of the force-based strategic approach.
  • Identify how the presenting problem relates to the cultural context of the client and design interventions that are consistent with this context
  • Identify the client's verbal/non-verbal language and learn to use it as a lever to initiate therapeutic change. 
  • Identify perceptions of the problematic situation that keep clients stuck in repetitive and unproductive cycles of trying to find solutions.
  • Identify the important elements that contribute to cultivating the therapeutic alliance and observe how this impacts the client's motivation and commitment to therapeutic change. 
  • Design effective interventions to break the non-productive interactional cycle.

Module program

Sessions will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Paris time - with simultaneous French translation)

• Session 1: Thursday 08/12/2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Mobilizing the strengths of the individual- S1 - Terry SOO HOO, PhD-Translator: Bill WALKER - Moderator: Elisabetta CALAMELA-EN2M2- 2022/23
• Session 2: Thursday 12/01/2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Mobilizing the strengths of the individual - S2 - Terry SOO HOO, PhD - Translator: Bill WALKER - EN2M2 - 2022/23

Skills acquired at the end of the training (pedagogical objectives)

  • Being able to identify the problematic interactional cycle that is the result of trying to find solutions that don't work.
  • Conduct a strengths-based strategic systemic intervention by implementing the different steps that adapt to the uniqueness of the patient and their situation (cultural context).
  • Strengthen the patient's therapeutic alliance using strategic communication, including strengths-based language, to improve patient engagement and adherence to prescriptions.
  • Modify and adjust own therapeutic maneuvers and techniques by reviewing own internal process to improve efficiency and effectiveness of interventions.

Target audience and prerequisites

  • Any student or professional in the field of accompaniment and helping relationship
  • No prerequisites


Dr. Terry SOO-HOO : Family and couple psychologist. Director Emeritus of the Family Therapy Clinic at MRI Palo Alto. Associate Professor of Family and Couple Therapy at California State University East Bay.

Modality, means and teaching aids

Interactive and experiential approach

  • Individual work, in pairs and sub-groups during and outside the sessions
  • Excerpts from intervention sessions or complete sessions 
  • Group facilitation method (LS/Wooclap)
  • Analysis and sharing of experiences

Evaluation and monitoring methods

Obtaining the certificate for this module requires: 

  • to have passed 75% of the homework to be done outside of class (MCQ, videos, homework, collaborative work, etc.) 
  • to have attended at least 75% of the course sessions 

Assessment of student satisfaction

At the end of the training, a satisfaction questionnaire will be completed by each participant so that they can assess the relevance of the content of the training with regard to their professional practice and the achievement of their objectives.

--> 95% of our students are satisfied with their training  = number of students who gave a score greater than or equal to 7 out of 10 (0: "not at all satisfied"; 10: "completely satisfied")


  • Special rate : €400 including tax
  • Lact student rate for the year : €280 including tax
  • Company/agreement rate : €460 including tax