Masterclass in Socratic Questioning

Socratic Questioning Defined

Many of us fail to recognize questioning as a skill.

And yet—whether in therapy or with patients—vague, purposeless questions, have a rather aimless quality, wasting time, and failing to elicit useful information.

The Socratic method—often described as the cornerstone of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy—solves this inadequacy by asking a series of focused, open-ended questions that encourage your clients to seek their own solutions. By surfacing knowledge that was previously outside of our awareness, the technique produces insightful perspectives and helps identify positive actions.

Socratic questioning is a form of disciplined questioning that can be used to pursue thought in many directions and for many purposes, including: to explore complex ideas, to get to the truth of things, to open up issues and problems, to uncover assumptions, to analyse concepts, to distinguish what we know from what we do not know, to follow out logical consequences of thought or to control discussions.

Socratic questioning is based on the foundation that thinking has structured logic, therefore allows underlying thoughts to be questioned. The key to distinguishing Socratic questioning from questioning per se is that the former is systematic, disciplined, deep and usually focuses on fundamental concepts, principles, theories, issues or problems.

“I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of human excellence is to question oneself and others. Socrates ”

Socratic questioning (sometimes referred to as the Socratic method) involves a disciplined and thoughtful dialogue between two or more people. It is widely used in teaching and counselling to expose and unravel deeply held values and beliefs that frame and support what we think and say.

By using a series of focused yet open questions, we can unpack our beliefs and those of others.

What Is Socratic Questioning in CBT and Therapy?

Socratic questioning is critical to successful Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

The use of the Socratic method by counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and therapists helps clients become aware of, and in turn, modify processes that perpetuate their difficulties.

The subsequent shift in perspective and the accompanying re-evaluation of information and thoughts can be hugely beneficial.

It replaces the didactic—or person-centred approach and promotes the value of reflective questioning.

On this two-day Masterclass you will learn;

  • The foundation principals of a neurolinguistic communication model
  • How to set clear outcomes with your client within a solution focused framework
  • How to help your clients take responsibility for the problem and empower them to move toward a solution
  • How to maintain focus is on the issue under discussion, while not assuming your client has the answer.
  • How to plan significant questions to inform an overall structure and direction without being too prescriptive.
  • How to allow time for your client to respond to the questions without feeling hurried.
  • How to stimulate the discussion with probing questions that follow on from the responses given.
  • How to invite elaboration and facilitate self-discovery through questioning.
  • How to keep the dialogue focused, specific, and clearly worded.

To be the ideal companion for Socratic questioning, you need to be genuinely curious, willing to take the time and energy to unpack beliefs, and able to logically and dispassionately review contradictions and inconsistencies.

When used effectively, Socratic questioning is a compelling technique for exploring issues, ideas, emotions, and thoughts. It allows misconceptions to be addressed and analysed at a deeper level than routine questioning.

This course is suitable for;

Therapists, counsellors, mental health professionals, coaches, consultants and trainers, managers, leaders, influencers and business developers.

Date: Sat 5th  & Sun 6th June 2021 on-line via ZOOM – use booking form below

Trainer: Bridin McKenna

Bridin is accredited by the UKCP as a clinical psychotherapist with a post graduate diploma in Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy. Founder & lead therapist at Life Therapies Clinic in Belfast, she is a leading eating disorder clinician, obesity specialist, trainer, speaker, & consultant. As an advocate for persons who struggle to manage their weight, she is driving an awareness of obesity-related stigma & weight phobia in order to educate & inform health professionals & public health campaigns about the consequences of this bias.

She is a frequent expert guest speaker on local media, at health & wellness events & conferences, where she educates & informs on a wide range of subjects such as food & mood for mental health, a trauma-informed approach to addiction, eating disorders & body esteem, & obesity related topics.

Bridin is an alumni of the 2018 Train the Trainer in Obesity Prevention & Management with the European Association for the Study of Obesity; & as an affiliate trainer for the National Centre for Eating Disorders she is honoured to deliver their Master Practitioner Programme for Eating Disorders & Obesity in Ireland.

Masterclass in Socratic Questioning

£245.00 total course fee
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Life Therapies
228 Kingsway
BT17 9AE

T: 07706 705814
E: bridin@life-therapies.com

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