In this event, Antonia will talk to us about her book "Out of This World: Suicide Examined", and share the personal and professional experiences that led her to this piece of writing. She has brought together her long experience of working with clients in various settings, an honest consideration of what is going on when humans are suicidal, and her love of poetry to create a compelling resource for a broad range of professionals.Find out more »
The event will focus on the consequences of trauma in a relational framework. We’ll explore the complex interaction between the intra-psychic process and the external reality from a transactional analysis informed perspective.Find out more »
Welcome to the 2017 International Supervision Week Conference.Find out more »
I believe that supervision is a powerful enabler of coach development and growth, supporting us to work with protection, permission, and potency, and allowing coaches and their clients to thrive. I will share my personal experience of the impact and benefits of coach supervision, from my earliest days as a coach to my work as a supervisor now. I will also describe how Transactional Analysis provides coaches with a framework to support their thinking, and continued growth and development.
This discussion with John is an opportunity for all coaches to share their questions, observations, and experiences, including those who may not have experience of supervision and want to know what its all about, as well as learning from other professions too.Find out more »
During last year's International Supervision week, I offered a session on Fitness to Practice (1) in which we explored the importance of putting a Plan B in place in the event of the ill health of the Counsellor necessitating a temporary or permanent closure of their private practice.
Today, I wish to expand the supervisory triad (Client, Counsellor, Supervisor) dynamic and offer Fitness to Practice (2) from the Supervisor's perspective of working alongside a Supervisee (in private practice) faced with a supervisory emergency. The example that I offer is a real account of our supervisory work, anonymised and used in CPD workshops with the supervisee's permission as a training aid, hopefully to promote thinking and to enhance professional standards.Find out more »
This will be a discussion, in conversation with John, in which I shall share some of my ideas about the significance of presence and absence in supervision.
This will also include some of the results of a recent piece of practitioner research that I undertook with some of my supervisees and reflections from undertaking a sculptor project on "presence" in parallel with the research project.Find out more »
We function best when we feel appreciated, understood, and accepted. We can also all feel shame when we make mistakes. So how can we create a supervisory relationship where learning from mistakes and coping with uncertainty are valued as normal, and actually essential, elements of our ethical practice? En-courage-ment, with courage at its heart, is the core ingredient here. An encouraging supervisor does not ignore ethical mistakes or uncertainties, but provides an appropriate balance between support, challenge, and authority.
This session will focus on some of the specific skills of encouragement that offer a crucial frame for ethical work.Find out more »
To discuss the new edition of my book on power in therapy. To describe how my thinking has changed since the first edition and the most important points for therapists to consider with respect to power in therapy.Find out more »
Using all of self in the therapeutic encounter is something we all do but some are not aware of how important this reflective process is. If we use the senses of seeing and hearing, then our interventions will possibly be engaging and helpful to the Clients' process. If we use our other three senses then that will increase ten fold the connection and the interventions. Imagine if you could tap into the other information streams in the room, taste, touch, and smell, how that might increase the connection with the Client.
In this fascinating hour, I will share all these thoughts and more with you in helping you to understand the wider world we share but often don't see.Find out more »
Clinical Psychologist and author Jacqueline Simon Gunn explores the relationship between childhood abuse, from a mother to son, and adult intimate relationship difficulties in her discussion, "When Men Split Women and Why". In her fictional book, Noah's Story, Gunn draws from her professional experience, creating a vivid and chilling account of a man struggling to reconcile his past and present. While torn between two women, he recounts the narrative of his past - the secrets that he has kept buried, while also trying to understand why he is unable to love women without painful inner conflict.Find out more »
What is pre-trial therapy, and what does it mean for therapists and clients?
We explore the basics of supporting a client therapeutically when they have reported to the Police about an incidence of sexual violence, and what practical matters need to be considered between both parties when this happens.
We consider how, in this situation, therapist and client are required to navigate the legal world as well as the therapeutic realm. Consideration is given to our legal obligations, and how we consolidate these with our ethics and with therapy as it’s usually offered.Find out more »
This event is to help you explore what the dynamics of affairs are, why they happen, and what the only question the abused partner really asks is. It will also explore how a helpful therapeutic process can be initiated. It will give you successful proven tools to help process and heal the rift between them.
This area of our Couple work can be initially complex and seem like a boxing match with us as the referees. I will show you how to act and help to stop this destructive process, to bring real change to the Couple dynamic for a successful future relationship, if that's what the Clients want to achieve.Find out more »
A conversation about clinical wills for therapists and counsellors (and coaches?), including the following issues according to time constraints:
- What is a clinical will and why do these matter?
- Relevance to professional ethics, professional bodies', ethical codes, and policy declarations (eg. BACP Putting the Client First).
- Mini history of my clinical will journey (starting from setting up in private practice) and description of processes involved (including aspects often overlooked) and structure (clinical, financial, administrative).
- Research, articles written, extension into campaigning for this to be BACP policy, presentations to networking groups, reactions of readers, etc.
- Personal factors such as death of my mother 18 months ago.
- Professional bodies' current stances and requirements (BAPC, UKPC, and BPC).
- Psychodynamic reflections (eg. reluctance/resistance to confront our own mortality/Unconscious in organisations, etc.).
- Work towards destigmatising death as the modern taboo (eg. Death Cafes).
- What's next? (Participants' views/reflections etc.).
This event will introduce a series of 4 events that we will be hosting in October and November.
More details to follow.Find out more »
This event will show you how the use of your reflective self in the therapeutic encounter in the room whilst working with the Client. The process in doing this intervention can sometimes seem complicated and confused. It's a bit like having another you floating around the room, there is the physical you interacting with the Client, and another you who is separate to you, but a part of you, which is connecting with the Psyche and understanding the dynamic of the interaction between yourself and the Client on many levels not just the physical level.
In using this awareness, it can bring many aspects of the intuitive work between Therapist and Client, not only helping to understand the Clients' interactions in the room but also our own. The reflective self.Find out more »
Simone and Mike are setting up a research enquiry to find out how social class affects both the process and the outcomes for counselling.
They would like to recruit volunteer collaborators to contribute to the enquiry. Volunteers will be asked to fill in a series of questionnaires, over several stages of the enquiry, and to be actively involved in the development of the project. Some may be willing to contribute to more in-depth work such as interviews and focus groups.
The ultimate aim is for us to obtain a range of 'voices' that can be heard in a new book on social class and counselling, commissioned by PCCS books.
Hopefully, we will be able to discuss some of these issues with members of the chat-room.Find out more »
This event will explore the scary world of using immediacy in the therapeutic encounter. How in using our intuitive self, we can connect to the Client's world at a much deeper level increase of what some would call the ahh haa moments in therapy. When something occurs immediately in the room, we might use this as a metaphor to make sense of or just a hunch of feeling to give voice to.
Some Therapists and Teachers believe this process is spontaneous and can never be interacted with or created. This, I believe, is not the case and we can, by using our intuitive self, connect to and tease these moments out from the work we do. By using immediacy, these sparkling moments then become a transition point of awareness, moving them from one point to the next at a faster speed. This, creating more awareness and resulting in a deepening of the therapeutic bond between them and us.Find out more »
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