The Magic of Therapy

What makes some treatment sessions feel successful and life changing? Can we measure and learn those qualities of “magic” that seem intangible? Join us for this two-day exploration of the art and science of magic in therapy.

In a climate of evidence and goal directed health care, “tools and techniques” have become the emphasis of clinical work.  Therapeutic use of self has become a hidden and implicit aspect of therapeutic intervention without the definitive understanding of neurobiological affect of connection and relationship as a necessary preparation for learning and engagement. This workshop will examine the neurobiology of connection with emphasis upon the skills of attunement and engagement in therapy. Increasing evidence of the importance of therapeutic use of self, results in the art of therapy becoming a science. This course material applies to therapists providing all types of therapeutic intervention (OT, PT, SLP, Psychology, Counselors, SW)

Therapists will learn to track non-verbal communication as an essential element of assessment and will learn to modify their own non-verbal and verbal skills to regulate their patient’s state of arousal, social engagement and task participation.



Pediatric occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants, psychologists and behavioural interventionists.


Course Objectives:

  1. Therapists will develop a preliminary understanding of the importance of the evidence related to attunement on the brain structures involved in attention, learning and emotional regulation.
  2. Therapists will learn to track and assess non-verbal communication as it relates to state regulation, attention, engagement and movement.
  3. Therapists will develop introductory concepts of the art and science of mindfulness as it relates to self-monitoring of therapeutic responses to behavioral challenges and state dysregulation.
  4. Therapists will develop a repertoire of non-verbal and verbal responses to modulate and modify a patient’s behavioral challenges, state regulation and motor responses.



Day One  
9:00 -12:00 Attachment and Attunement
1:00 – 2:30 The art of reading non-verbal communication
2:45 – 5:00 Video Analysis
Day Two  
9:00–10:15 The art of listening behind the words and dialoguing
10:30–12:00 Video Analysis 
1:00 – 2:30 The science and art of mindfulness and its contribution to therapy
2:45- 4:30 The art of non-verbal communication in therapy
4:30 – 5:00  Putting the Pieces together in therapy