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Myths and their characters have informed and guided us for millennia and still evoke feelings in us today. They contain words and images which we can draw on in our work as therapists.
In this interactive workshop we will explore myths and archetypes for our own personal journey and for working with clients.
We will use expressive art and movement to engage our imagination to experience the characters and bring the themes to life.
- a supportive workshop
Have you qualified as a counsellor or psychotherapist in the last three years, or are you about to qualify? Perhaps you’re asking yourself – Where do I go from here? How do I put this learning into practice? What do I need, to be the practitioner I want to be?
This interactive seminar will help you to explore these questions and share ideas for developing yourself and your therapeutic work. Meet, share and learn more about your post-qualifying options via your choice of two of three interactive workshops. Afterwards, notes will be available for you for all three groups. The choice of workshops will focus on self care & support, professional & personal development and/or private practice.
This is an opportunity to consider the potential next steps in your counselling career and personal development, to meet and collaborate with fellow practitioners with a broad range of experience and to have some fun!
Using sand trays and small world objects has been an approach that has been integrated for nearly a century in various counselling and therapeutic approaches. Using small objects as symbolic tools within the container of a sand tray are proven to help the counsellor to facilitate the client’s pre-verbal or unconscious material into consciousness, therefore bring healing and change.
Carol has used sand trays with adults and clients for over ten years as part of her expressive arts approach, working towards a process of resolving inner conflicts and developing coping strategies to life’s adversities.
Come and find out more about this creative and expressive approach and also experience the power of working symbolically with sand tray stories.
AGM: 10.00 - 11.15
Guest Speaker: Davyd Macmara - Topic: Understanding Dependency (see his full workshop on 27th October 2018)
Helping therapists to locate, focus, process and release a wide range of the client’s emotional conditions. This process works at a deeper sub-cortical level in the brain.
Through the dual attunement model, the interpersonal relationship is central in processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a brain-body therapy which uses eye positions to allow the client to overcome issues.
John will lead an experiential workshop of family constellation group therapy, (FCGT) which was introduced to Germany in the 1980s, (www.hellinger.com) where it is now more common than CBT, and has spread to Spain and Latin America.
One client at a time presents with an issue, and members of the group are invited to represent mother, father and others of the client’s family, and channel their emotional energy (soul) to diagnose the root cause of problems, which are usually inherited traumas from the ancestors. A healing ritual of acceptance with love is performed to release the spell (hypnosis) cast by the trauma, to heal the pattern and stop it repeating. John has written a proposal for a clinical trial (paper 9.124 of www.reginaldkapp.org)
He facilitates groups weekly and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Existential Psychotherapy: Prioritising Experience over Theory
Together we will explore principles from the ‘British School’ of existential psychotherapy such as description rather than interpretation, treating all things are equal in sessions, and bracketing ‘knowledge’ claims in order to be open to the unfolding phenomenon of relating. We will explore this approach with an emphasis on the existential philosophy and Focusing practice of Eugene Gendlin. Focusing brings to therapy the primacy of embodied practice, listening and thinking from the body rather than from theories or techniques. We will explore questions such as ‘Can counsellors trust what they feel?’ ‘What is “the body”?’ ‘What is the value of “un-knowing”?’
The morning will be interactive, experiential and participatory. Brief moments of teaching will be interspersed with chances to practice what is being presented with the encouragement not to believe anything unless you can find it in your own experiencing. No PowerPoint.
Notes will be provided for you, some by email.
For participants who would like to prepare beforehand, please look at The Palpable in Existential Counselling Psychology, on Greg’s website:
with addiction dependencies and the 4th drive.
Davyd McNamara launched Just Say Know in 2002 and has since provided Drug & Alcohol Awareness training workshops, courses and consultation to a wide variety of service providers across East Sussex (including Action4Change, Addiction, Equinox, CRI, BHT, YMCA, cgl, Cranstoun, Brighton & Hove Adult Social Care, Grace Ayres & Sussex Counselling Services). Informed by an appreciation of the role and importance of altered states of consciousness in all human societies throughout history, the training seeks to offer a meaningful framework with which to actually understand drugs and drug taking behaviours rather than simply stigmatising and/or condemning them.
In seeking to step outside the current mad and bad, weak and wicked, any-use-as-abuse orthodoxy of prohibition (with its roots in cultural imperialism, historical revisionism, religious intolerance, racism, sexism and class bias, not in health, safety or science), the harm minimisation orientated training challenges a number of commonly held assumptions about addiction, and explores a range of approaches and perspectives that the evidence confirms as a more practically useful way of communicating to, understanding and working with people who use alcohol and drugs, as well as offering a range of experiential exercises for trainees to participate in.
With a background in art-based workshop provision, facilitating training groups and teaching, Davyd also has over sixteen years experience of working holistically with drug & alcohol users in a wide range of settings, including as lead facilitator on an out-patient alcohol detox/treatment programme from 2006-16. For the last two years, he has been delivering high-quality drug and alcohol awareness and harm minimisation training exclusively for Just Say Know.
Davyd has designed and written a drug information comic (1993) for young people, contributed to drug and alcohol harm minimisation manuals (2007), a resource pack for hostel workers (2009) and designed and developed a range of therapeutic tools for drug & alcohol treatment services in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex (2010-15). Davyd is an accredited trainer and has a Diploma in Substance Misuse Intervention Strategies (Dip SMIS).
When People’s Worst Fear Becomes Real
Numbers of those living beyond cancer treatment are increasing all the time. The expectation that this is good news can leave patients and families who feel shocked, even traumatised, after cancer treatment, in great need of psychological support. At the Macmillan Horizon Centre we provide this. Come along to find out about the Centre and what it’s like to be a therapist working with these clients.
Cath Morfett is the Psychological Therapy Service Manager, Macmillan Horizon Centre. Her approach will be interactive and informative – She'll use case histories, invite audience participation and bring in some theoretical ways of thinking about what cancer means to people.