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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 »
As the first event with the same theme, this 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. In this second part, we will pay more attention on case examples.Find out more »
In this event, Sue will reflect on some of the complexities of relationships which can arise when working as a counsellor in a school environment. You may be asked to work with siblings, friends, partners, or to take on roles outside of the counselling room. Using scenarios from practice, she will consider what principles might guide us as we deal with such complexities.Find out more »
Working with Affairs and How to Help Your Clients Through the Maze With Tools and Options – Ian Wallace
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.).
“Behind the Screen”: An Introduction to a Series of Events Running through October and November Relating to Living and Working as a Therapist in a World of Online Communication – Kate Dunn & Carole Francis-Smith
This session will offer an introduction to a series of 4 events that will follow during October and November 2017. The aim of the events is to provide an up-to-date overview of the opportunities and challenges that exist for therapists working in a technological age in 2017.
Each individual session will respond to a different theme. The complete series will help therapists to make informed choices about the use of computerised technology within their work, explore safety concerns, reflect on ethical challenges and direct them to sources of support, advice and further training.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 »
Being an Empath: Using Intuitive Transference of All Our Senses in the Counselling Room (Pro’s and Con’s) – Ian Wallace
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 »
The Extraordinary Phenomenon of Lifespan Integration: Processing Trauma, Connecting Self-States, and Integrating Experience With a Timeline – Mandy Roland-Smith
A live question and answer session between John and Mandy. Audience members will be able to ask questions.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 »
The Hidden Virtue: Towards a New Understanding of Humility in Counselling and Psychotherapy – Heather Dale
There is a pivotal point where the therapist can become convinced that they know what is ‘best’ for their client, albeit at an unconscious level. This may lead to a rupture in the therapeutic relationship. Through the use of vignettes this paper will explore the signs (red flags) that allow practitioners to become aware that they have lost sight of the virtue of humility necessary for safe and ethical practice.Find out more »
The debate continues amongst practitioners about whether grief should ever be considered a disorder; many practitioners believe that grief is a normal response to loss and should not be medicalised whilst others believe that grief can become disabling and may need specialist intervention. This talk will consider the current controversy and will discuss the evidence for a complicated grief disorder. Information on recognising when grief has become complicated will be offered along with a discussion of international treatment initiatives and an update on what is happening in Ireland and the UK.Find out more »
“Behind the Screen” – Session 1 – Online Presence and Social Media for Therapists: Setting Up an Online Practice in a Technological Era – Kate Dunn & Carole Francis-Smith
These days many therapists consider setting up an online practice, a consideration which is often driven by client demand. Setting up online has its own challenges and may feel overwhelming, especially for those less familiar with technological approaches. There are many easy-to-use solutions available to help us run and promote our businesses positively.
Thinking about our online presence is a good place to start; after all it could be where a client first encounters us. There are practical, ethical and personal factors to considerFind out more »
Using Immediacy and the Intuitive Self in the Room: The Courage Needed and Making Sparkling Moments Happen – Ian Wallace
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 »
“Behind the Screen” – Session 2 – Ethical Issues, Boundaries, and Contracting: Exploring Matters of Safety for Practitioners and Clients – Kate Dunn & Carole Francis-Smith
Communicating with clients online in any form (whether this involves administration of your practice, setting up appointments, sending and taking messages about appointments or directly offering computer-mediated therapy) can plunge the therapist and the client into an ethical quagmire.
How do existing ethical guidelines translate into the online environment?
Is there a need for new ethical guidelines and are any in existence?
What additional considerations do practitioners need to take into account?
How safe is the online environment and how can we encourage clients to protect their privacy and confidentiality?
How do practitioners set personal boundaries around their online activity and what do clients expect of us?
“Behind the Screen” – Session 3 – Working Therapeutically From a Distance Using Email or Other Methods Involving Asynchronous Communication – Kate Dunn & Carole Francis-Smith
Do you engage in email communication with your clients? Do you sometimes find that your client has told you something by email that they might not have told you face-to-face?
The first online therapies were offered by email, often with surprising results. Both Kate and Carole have researched this area in depth and propose that asynchronous (or ‘time-delayed’ counselling) approaches may facilitate access to therapy for a wide range of client groups.Find out more »
“Behind the Screen” – Session 4 – Working Therapeutically From a Distance in Real-time or Synchronously – Kate Dunn & Carole Francis-Smith
“I sometimes offer the occasional Skype™ session… ”Is this you, or have you heard colleagues say this and wondered whether this is something you might do? Or perhaps you have questioned the process or felt uncomfortable with the idea?
Providing online synchronous therapy has become much more popular in recent times, as information technology has advanced. Many more of us are using Skype™, FaceTime™ and other apps in our private lives. Should we also consider offering these (or perhaps safer clinical equivalents) within our therapeutic interventions?Find out more »