Relational Psychotherapy: Working with the Domains of Transference

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Date(s) - Saturday 1st July, 2017
10:00 am - 4:30 pm


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Saturday 1st July 2017

Trainer:  Dr Helena Hargaden

Venue: St Richards Community Centre, Egmont Road, Hove, BN3 7FP

Schedule: 10am to 4.30pm (Registration at 9.45am)

Course Fee: early bird £99 (before 10th June 2017; £114 thereafter), including ample lunch, all refreshments, and CPD Certificate

Using a combination of didactic teaching and experiential work the aim of this workshop is to equip the therapist with clear conceptual guidelines about how to think about accessing and working with the relational unconscious.

The basic premise of this workshop is that the therapist is the agent of change – not theory. In this workshop we will examine the meaning of relational psychotherapy and the idea that “It is our personal relational abilities for emotional engagement, discernment, nuanced attunement and perhaps most of all our integrity that will inform how we work with people who are suffering…” (Hargaden, 2015).

Nevertheless, we need to have theories which allow for our use of self. The workshop will introduce the theory of the domains of transference which provide a methodology for working with the relational unconscious explored from three different perspectives: Introjective Transference, Projective Transference, and Transformational Transference.

Transference is not unique to therapy; it is a normal occurrence through life which enables attachment and connection. However, it is in the intensity of the therapeutic relationship that transference and counter transference becomes a tool for using the mind of the therapist to find the mind of the client.

The workshop will also discuss some principles connected to the domains of transference, especially the work of Benjamin, Aron, Mitchell, Stern, Hargaden and Sills, and others, and will draw heavily from Helena’s co-authored and award winning book Transactional Analysis: A Relational Perspective.

While considering what is ‘relational’, we will also consider what is ‘not relational’ and the misperception that relational means interpersonal.

By the end of the workshop we will have investigated how psychotherapists and counsellors translate their experience into theories, and their theories into practice!

This workshop is suitable for both seasoned therapists and those who are new to the ideas of relational psychotherapy and/or Transactional Analysis.

Recommended Reading
Benjamin, J. (2002a): ‘Principles of relational psychoanalysis’. First biannual meeting of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: New York.
Hargaden, H. and Sills, C. (2002) ‘Transactional Analysis: A Relational Perspective’. Routledge
Hargaden, H. (2014). ‘Building resilience: The role of firm boundaries and the third in relational group therapy’. Transactional Analysis Journal. Sage.
Hargaden, H. (2015) ‘The Art of Relational Supervision’. Routledge.

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