Creating Metaphoric Stories for Children

  • July 19, 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • The University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101


  • This is the standard rate for non- SB CAMFT members and guests.
  • This special discounted rate is a SB CAMFT member benefit available to current members of the Santa Barbara CAMFT Chapter.
SBCAMFT & Antioch University Proudly Present: 

with Stephanie Pawlowicz, MA, LMFT

Metaphoric stories help children create cohesive narratives. These narratives play a fundamental role in helping children integrate big feelings they have from some experience in their life that has left them feeling very confused. Telling a story metaphorically helps the child process what they are feeling emotionally.

21st century neuroscience is addressing the importance of giving words to our emotional life. What molds our brains is experience. Or, as Dan Siegel states, “What fires together, wires together”. If we have an experience that stresses the system, processing the experience becomes critical so that we can integrate what is happening in our bodies. Integration plays a vital role in mental well-being.

So, how do we, as therapists, create cohesive narratives for our clients? This step-by-step process will be outlined, giving you the tools you need to start this very exciting process with your client. 

Course Learning Objectives

1. The neurological and psychological importance of creating a metaphoric story for the client.

2. Basic understanding of creating a metaphoric story.

3. Understanding how self regulation is achieved.


Stephanie Pawlowicz, LMFT is a Certified Gestalt Therapist, Registered Play Therapist CAMFT Certified Supervisor, and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.

Stephanie has 20 years of clinical experience in Santa Barbara, where she has a full time private practice. She serves as core faculty with the West Coast Institute of Gestalt Therapy, as well as adjunct faculty in the M.A. Counseling Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she currently teaches Human Growth and Development, Child Psychotherapy, and Community Mental Health. As a way of giving back, Stephanie works weekly with those members of the community who are dual diagnosed and learning new life skills.

Please Note:

  • Attendees will earn 1.5 CEUs 
  • Attendees must register in advance in order to attend
  • Your registration includes a delicious lunch buffet. Please contact the Events Director if you have special dietary needs at 
  • You are welcome to park in the University Club parking lot in unreserved spaces
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