How to Work When the Client’s Conflict Becomes the Therapist’s Conflict

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Date(s) - Saturday 21st March, 2015
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

City Coast Centre

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Saturday 21st March 2015

Trainer:  Michael Soth

Venue: Training Room, City Coast Centre, Portslade (Brighton & Hove), BN41 1DG

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

Course Fee: early bird £95 (before 21st February 2015; £105 thereafter), including ample lunch, all refreshments, and CPD Certificate

This CPD workshop is dedicated to deepening our engagement with difficult dynamics in the therapeutic relationship, and to finding ways of accessing the therapeutic potential locked within them. Over recent years the most exciting developments in our field have come via neuroscience, psychotherapy integration (i.e. the cross-fertilisation between therapeutic approaches), the inclusion of the body and ‘relational’ perspectives.

This workshop combines and integrates all of these developments, to bring them to bear on the most difficult dynamics that we encounter as therapists: impasses and ‘enactments’, or in other words: disturbances and impasses in the working alliance. The image of the therapist as nonchalantly operating from a taken-for-granted position of authority, clarity and professional purposefulness is challenged by our inner experience of being a therapist that is often is nothing like that! The reality is that we often feel uncertain, triggered, and conflicted. We now understand that whatever psychological wounds the client is bringing to us and into the consulting room, we will in some ways become involved and implicated with them, in ways that go far beyond verbal interaction.

The term ‘enactment’ (as an extension of the traditional notions of ‘transference’ and ‘countertransference’) is being used to describe the ways in which the therapist is – inevitably and necessarily – drawn into the client’s wounding, leading to the working alliance being disturbed or even breaking down. There is great therapeutic potential in these cycles of rupture and repair that occur in the client-therapist relationship, but much of it occurs subliminally. So if it occurs unconsciously, outside of awareness, how can we perceive and understand enactment and respond creatively from within it?

This workshop will go beyond recognising enactments as a significant feature of the therapeutic relationship, and will also begin to attend to its phenomenological detail:

• How can we notice and distinguish significant moments of enactments?

• How can we access and make use of the multitude of perceptions, feelings and thoughts which occur in the therapist’s stream of consciousness?

• What fantasies and hypotheses can we articulate which give us information about the inherent dynamic of the enactment?

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