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Published on Sunday, August 2, 2020

Kinesthetic Metaphor


Event date: 8/28/2020 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Export event

Michael Gass, Ph.D., LMFT


Three (3) Clinical Category A CEUs are pending approval from NASW NH

Adventure Therapy activities that are intentionally facilitated with metaphor have been proven to positively support the change process for our clients. Creating and facilitating a kinesthetic metaphor tailored to a client takes creativity and a deeper understanding of assessment and metaphor working together. Join us to learn more about the art of creating and facilitating kinesthetic metaphors with your clients.

Workshop Objectives:

Participants will be able to

  •  Describe metaphoric examples
  • Explain the science behind how metaphors work
  • Demonstrate the seven step process of creating and enriching the use of metaphor
  • Describe the research validating this approach

About the Presenter

Michael Gass, Ph.D., LMFT, is a Professor in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and completed postdoctoral studies in marriage and family therapy. He currently directs two critical research initiatives in the field of adventure therapy–one as Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Center ( and another as Director of the NATSAP Research Database. Work completed by the Center has resulted in the return of over $7.5 million to families for wilderness therapy over the past four years.

He has made over 300 professional presentations and written over 200 professional publications. His latest book, Adventure therapy: Theory, research, and practice(2nd Edition) (2020) is written with Dr. Lee Gillis and Dr. Keith Russell and is published by Routledge Press. With Dr. Anita Tucker he serves as the Co-Director of the Dual Degree (MS/MSW) in Adventure Therapy. In 1998 Mike received the Association for Experiential Education’s Outstanding Experiential Teacher of the Year Award, in 2002 he delivered the Kurt Hahn Address for AEE, and in 2011 received AEE’s Distinguished Researcher Award. In 2005 he received the UNH School of Health and Human Service’s Distinguished Career Research Award as well the University’s Award for Excellence in International Engagement in 2011. In 2016, Gass was awarded the NATSAP Leadership Award, the OBH Eagle Award, and the TAPG Heart of Adventure Therapy Award.


Workshop Details:

  • The Zoom link will be sent to participants a day before the workshop.
  • Please plan on joining us 10 minute prior to the start of the workshop (8:35ish EST) to ensure your technology is working
  • Technology issues prior or during the workshop, please email or text Lynn - or 603.496.0994
  • To receive CEUs, you must have your camera on and "sign-in" in the Zoom chat box
  • There will be a 15 minute break at the mid-point
  • After the workshop those wishing CEU certificates will be emailed an evaluation, your certificate will be emailed back upon receipt of the completed evaluation
  • Any questions? Email
  • Pay by check? Please mail checks to NASW NH, 4 Chenell Drive #103, Concord, NH 03301
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