Theme - Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards and the Maintenance of Clinical Boundaries
Keynote speaker (9:40 am): Ray Little
The maintenance of clinical boundaries in the management of erotic countertransference feelings.
The main focus of the workshop will be: The difficulty that erotic feelings can pose for therapists.
In this workshop we will review the nature of erotic feelings, how they can both enhance therapeutic work, as well as the manner in which they may pose difficulties for the therapist. One of the reasons for thinking about erotic/sexual sensations and feelings is to enable the therapist to work with these feelings without grossly acting them out. The danger with these feelings is the potential for sexual boundary violations.
AM Livestream Workshop (10:45 am): Enid Welford (TSTA)
Reachback and Afterburn: When past and future threaten the present.
Starting with Berne’s writing about reachback and afterburn, we will experiment together in this workshop with different ways of looking forward and looking backwards. We will consider the significance of the past and the future at different stages of life and which approaches to the boundaries between past, present and future are conducive to peace, and which are more likely to result in stress and anxiety.
This will be an interactive workshop, with some teaching, discussion and experiential exercises.
PM Livestream Workshop (2:00 pm): Andy Williams (TSTA)
Conceptualisation and treatment of Low Self-Esteem: The Toxicity of Looking Forward and Looking Backwards.
Low Self-Esteem may be characterised by the two components of “Negative Looking Backwards” with depressive rumination fueling a poor sense of self, and “Negative Looking Forwards”; the process of worry, predicting poor future outcomes and the future risk of shame. This workshop will present a conceptualisation of Low Self-Esteem to aid the client and therapist in mapping potential areas of treatment and some ideas of how to work with this presentation. By the end of the workshop we should all feel fantastic with high self-esteems!
Closing Plenary (4:30 pm)