Life Stress Reduction & Case Planning

Click HERE to register for an upcoming workshop


Traumatic Incident Reduction Workshop
Introduction to the Basics of Applied Metapsychology

Time: (Standard) 3 – 4 Days

Life Stress Reduction (LSR), part of the larger subject of Applied Metapsychology, is a full program which makes use of a broad array of techniques. A Life Stress Reduction Program is tailored to meet the needs of a particular viewer (or client), utilizing a combination of the available techniques to approach the particular issues of life that the viewer experiences emotional pain, resistance, confusion, or other issues relating to or causing stress in their lives.

It also includes techniques that address past traumatic incidents in a less direct way than is done with TIR for individuals who are not ready to face their most traumatic experiences. The LSR – Case Planning workshops also includes many practical, effective techniques to prepare a client for TIR, and to relieve current life stresses which may or may not have resulted from past trauma.

This workshops present a new paradigm of safety and effectiveness for helping others. The structured techniques taught in this workshops are easy to learn and to apply. At the same time, they are very efficient and powerful in helping viewers release emotional charge and resolve issues that may have challenged them for years.

Upon completing the Life Stress Reduction – Case Planning Workshop, a facilitator can expect to get good results applying what has been learned. This workshop also include skill-building exercises, an opportunity to give and receive supervised Life Stress Reduction sessions, and practice in developing customized case plans using the wide variety of techniques taught.


As demonstrated through examination and supervised activities, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the theory of Life Stress Reduction
  • Demonstrate the use of directive repetitive techniques
  • Assess a client’s readiness for Life Stress Reduction
  • Create a Life Stress Reduction case plan
  • Practice Life Stress Reduction in dyads
  • Compare techniques used for relationship issues
  • List techniques for addressing difficult life situations
  • Practice positive memory techniques
  • Describe specialized techniques addressed to body image
  • Use these structured, directive techniques in a client-centered way


  1. Establishing a Safe Environment
    1. Rules of Facilitation
    2. Communication exercises
  2. Life Stress Reduction
    1. Balancing the negative with the positive
    2. Thoroughness in addressing charged items and issues
    3. The end point of Life Stress Reduction (LSR)
  3. Intake interviews
  4. Applied Metapsychology LSR
    1. Unlayering
    2. Checklist Techniques
    3. Exploration
    4. Assessment Lists
    5. Body Image program
  5. Case planning
    1. Theory
    2. Practical Case Planning Exercise
  6. Education for New Clients

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of practicing social workers, psychologists, therapists, counselors, clergy, and critical incident stress debriefers. See also Continuing Education

While appropriate for use in a therapeutic setting, and while its results may be viewed as therapeutic in nature, Applied Metapsychology, its methods, and techniques, are a form of highly disciplined and structured integrative education, which results in personal improvement. The structure and safety built into the subject make it well suited for community mental health and peer co-counseling. See also Applied Metapsychology: Therapy or Personal Growth? by Dr. Frank A. Gerbode and A Psychologist Addresses Potential Concerns of the Mental Health Community by John Durkin, Ph.D.

What is LSR?

Life Stress Reduction is a full program which makes use of a broad array of techniques, each designed to approach an issue, to remove emotional pain, resistance and confusion from that issue, and to bring one to a place of greater clarity and ease in relation to that issue.

A Life Stress Reduction Program is tailored to meet the needs of a particular viewer (client). It starts with an interview to gather information about the issues and areas of life that the client wishes to address and improve. The facilitator uses the information from the interview to design a case plan – the Life Stress Reduction Program – to suit what the viewer hopes to achieve during Life Stress Reduction.

Common issues viewers wish to address include traumatic experiences, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, job or career concerns; dreaded future events, financial problems, and health concerns, but can include any subject of interest to a viewer. A variety of different types of techniques are typically used to address each main area of viewer concern until that area is fully handled to the viewer’s satisfaction.

Quality of life is all about you being able to use your full abilities and being freed up from painful events of the past and confusing situations in the present. When we are stuck in a negative place, mentally or emotionally, it can be hard to remember that life can have a rewarding, luminous, engaging quality. It can be uplifting, exciting, and fulfilling. At the end point of Life Stress Reduction a viewer feels a new freshness and interest in life along with diminished concern about both past events and current life situations that had been bothering him or her before.

FMI: www.TIR.org