Developmental Attunement, Relational-Needs and Therapeutic Presence
A 2-day training workshop at London on Relational Psychotherapy with
Dr Richard G. Erskine
London, 24 & 25 June 2016, Friday & Saturday
9:30am - 5:00pm on both days
“The healing of cumulative neglects, traumas, and attachment disruptions occurs through a contactful therapeutic relationship”
A contact-oriented and Relational psychotherapy through inquiry, attunement and involvement responds to the client’s current needs for an emotionally nurturing relationship that is reparative and sustaining. The aim of such therapy is the integration of the affect-laden experiences and an intrapsychic reorganization of the client’s beliefs about self and others while acknowledging, validating and normalizing the client’s essential relational needs. As therapists, how do we allow affective, behavioural, cognitive and physiological dimensions to inform our therapeutic direction while effectively interpreting whether ego state regression, activation of the intrapsychic influence of introjection and presence of defence mechanisms are indications of contact deficits that seek fulfilment?
At this unique and practical training workshop, Dr Richard Erskine draws on an integrative therapeutic approach and explains Relational Psychotherapy as a process of making whole: taking disowned, unaware, unresolved aspects of the ego and making them part of the cohesive self. He especially highlights how ‘developmental attunement’ is key to this reparative process – through which, we as therapists can sensitise our therapeutic responses to a client’s regression, while remaining aware that such regression allows clients to access defended memories and experience otherwise forbidden affect.
Through lecture, case vignettes, videos & therapy demonstrations and clinical discussions, the workshop helps us comprehend a series of psychotherapeutic methods that include:
• the creation of interpersonal contact;
• the formation of a healing relationship;
• the therapeutic use of phenomenological inquiry;
• the relational centrality of attunement to the client’s affects and rhythm;
• the timing of relational-inquiry;
• the significance of resonating with the client’s level of emotional development;
• the affirming use of acknowledgement, validation, and normalization;
• the distinction between a reactive and responsive countertransference;
• the centrality of therapeutic presence
Keeping in mind the therapeutic challenges we face as psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Richard describes the Eight Relational-Needs essential for human development and wellbeing. He focusses on the centrality of an involved therapeutic relationship while emphasizing the in-depth methods of a psychotherapy that integrates the client's affect, cognition, physiology and behaviour. Emphasis will be placed on:
• the clinical application of therapeutic methods that reverse the effects of neglect and trauma;
• the use of a co-constructive involvement in forming therapeutic methods;
• the importance of working intersubjectively; and
• the effective utilization of relational methods
At this workshop, participants will:
• assimilate and comprehend a series of therapeutic interventions that reflect relational, co-constructive and intersubjective sensitivity
• differentiate between various forms of therapeutic inquiry and apply the skills of acknowledgement, validation and normalization
• formulate a therapeutic perspective that will include the significance of attunement to the client’s affects and rhythm while resonating with the client’s level of emotional development
• critique a psychotherapy demonstration and describe what they think is therapeutically effective
Deepen Your Clinical Practice on the Back of a Napkin: Writing Your Way to New Depths
A clinical writing webinar with Suzi Naiburg, PhD. LICSW
Author of Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose: A Writer’s Guide for Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists (Routledge 2015)
30 June 2016, Thursday
6:00pm - 9:00pm, London, UK Time
As therapists, we realise that writing about our clients, ourselves and our clinical practice can help us gain valuable insights, share experiences and provide important opportunities for reflection and internalization. At this unique and experiential online workshop, experienced writing coach and psychoanalyst/psychotherapist Suzi Naiburg follows a step-by-step guidance process that resonates with clinicians regardless of their modalities and writing anxiety levels. This is how Suzi describes it:
‘This webinar is for all health care professionals who see clients in their practice, whatever their practice or discipline, however experienced they are, and whatever anxiety they may have about writing. The writing we do together will all be “low stakes” writing, as Peter Elbow calls ungraded writing, but high value writing as we “court surprise” (Stern) and make the implicit explicit, extending the reach of what we know by letting the momentum of the writing process lead us.
You’ll leave this workshop with new ways to write and a handful of short writing exercises to use, which allow you to explore, for example, what was so emotionally challenging about that last clinical hour, what went unsaid, what color the silence was, or what might be shifting in the intersubjective field.’
Jung Today: Clinical and Cultural Perspectives
a carefully created day designed to appeal to those who are curious about Jungian psychology, as well as to those familiar with it
Christopher Hauke, Andrew Samuels, Joy Schaverien
London, 12 November 2016, Saturday
9:45am - 5:00pm
Interest in Jungian and post-Jungian approaches to psychotherapy, counselling and analysis continues to grow. Jung is understood by many to have been a pioneering figure whose work anticipated many of today’s most exciting trends in psychotherapy and counselling. These may be in humanistic and integrative psychotherapy, and also in several schools of psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
Jung’s work and that of those who took up Jung’s original ideas – the post-Jungians – are also taught to a varying extent on courses in psychotherapy, counselling, psychoanalysis and the expressive arts therapies - as well as in departments of counselling and clinical psychology. Often, this leaves students and trainees hungry for more.
Jungian approaches to the therapy process address down-to earth questions of meaning and purpose, encompassing both personal and also transpersonal and spiritual dimensions of experience. The Jungian style of psychotherapy is relational with a special concern for embodied imagery, whether via dreams or creative expression.
During the morning session, three well-known Jungian analysts will share why they continue to find Jung to be an inspiring and reliable guide to therapy theory and practice. In the afternoon, they will introduce us to the latest contemporary applications of Jungian ideas in clinic and in culture.
Participants are encouraged to bring clinical vignettes and dilemmas.
By the end of the day:
(1) Participants with varying degrees of pre-existing knowledge will have learned about ideas and practices being employed in contemporary Jungian and post-Jungian analysis, psychotherapy and counselling.
(2) Participants will have understood the relationship of the Jungian body of work to other traditions within psychotherapy and counselling, and in connection with a range of contemporary thinkers.
(3) Participants will be able to evaluate the potential value of utilising Jung and post-Jungian ideas and practices in their own clinical work.
(4) Participants will be able to evaluate the potential value of utilising Jungian and post-Jungian ideas in connection with artistic, cultural and political phenomena.
Working with Multilingual Clients:
with and without an interpreter
A one-day workshop with Beverley Costa
London, 23 February 2017, Thursday
6:00pm - 9:00pm
At this practical workshop that would be especially useful for psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors across modalities, Beverley draws on her extensive experience to elucidate how we can work most effectively with multilingual clients – with or without the benefit of an interpreter. Through case studies and practical examples, she acknowledges that while multilingual work can be demanding; the language gap can, in fact, sometimes be a source of creativity and therapeutic potential.
For example, the workshop will refer to research which demonstrates that people are able to access emotions in a second language that have been repressed in the client’s native culture and language and that traumatic scenes experienced in one’s native language may be explored more readily by switching to a second language in order to gain sufficient emotional distance.
The workshop also explores the challenges involved in working with interpreters. Traditionally, clinical work and psychotherapy is conducted between two people and the idea of incorporating a third person into the therapeutic relationship can be unsettling. The workshop will provide ideas and a reflective space to think about the best way in which a collaborative relationship can be formed between the Interpreter and the Practitioner for the best possible outcome for clients. Specifically, the workshop explores the following topics:
• The relationship between the practitioner and interpreter and the implications this has for the therapeutic alliance
• The ways of working therapeutically as a triad rather than as a dyad
• The extent, limitations and professional boundaries of roles in such a triad
• Communicating effectively with interpreters about the nature of therapeutic change
Using case examples that highlight the topics above and drawing from contemporary research, Beverley also presents a series of guidelines and suggested code of practice for working in multilingual settings.
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