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Online Training – Using Vision Boards to Expand Clients’ Narratives for Self-Actualization

June 3 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:15pm (EDT) $179, 6 CEUs Presenter: Wayne Evans, Ph.D. Zoom.us, MD + Google Map

Stories are the way life is framed; giving it meaning and purpose. When we are young, they act as sanctuaries. But when we get older, stories can act as blueprints; giving us roadmaps to better places, people and things. In this seminar, we will explore the use of vision boards as a way of helping clients move from simply surviving to deliberately thriving. Often times, it’s the narrative that makes the difference between one person developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and another facilitating Post Traumatic Growth. Indeed, if stories are the way we interpret and integrate our experiences, then learning how to become skilled and empowered storytellers is essential.

Using the principles of narrative therapy, the hero’s journey, self-actualization, language and visualization, participants will learn how to create vision boards that can act as scripts for a new life story. Here, participants can learn how to invite clients to treat their power as a more reliable narrator than their pain. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a vision board can be what transforms those words into an epic story waiting to be told. Using simple elements like magazine pictures, motivational quotes, scriptures, song lyrics or lines from favorite movies, vision boards can be an organizing tool that transforms an inspired idea into an actualized individual or an accomplished vision. Because as they say in the theater, “if it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Texas. The Institute also maintains full responsibility for all programming.
In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how to create an organizing principle for a vision board.
  • Identify how to help clients select elements for their boards (from sources they already trust).
  • Describe how to use a vision board to create a life (or story) clients actually want to live.
  • Define the process of moving from the grievance story to the gratitude story to the great gain story.
  • Identify the three types of people a person can become in their story.  
  • Define the two types of stories a person’s life can become.  
  • Explain the power of identity in directing a story. 
  • Integrate the use vision boards with other tools to strengthen focus and change habits.


8:45 – 10:00

  • Review of narrative therapy, self- actualization and post-traumatic growth

10:00 – 10:10        BREAK

10:10 – 10:55

  • Discussion of hero’s journey as a frame for a client’s story

10: 55 – 11:05   BREAK

11:05 – 12:15 pm

  • Discussing the process of vision board building

12:15 – 1:15      LUNCH

1:15 – 2:00

  • Building the Vision Board

2:00 – 2:15      BREAK

2:15 – 2:55

  • Discussion and questions

2:55 – 3:05          BREAK

3:05 – 3:45

  • Using Vision Boards with Other Techniques (journaling, meditation)

3:45 – 4:15

  • Questions and Answers