Repeating, Rebelling or Repairing?
An interactive workshop for parents, carers, teachers or therapists
who are raising or working with children or teenagers. With a deeper
connection to ourselves and our early histories, we can be more attuned to how our own experiences of being a child in our family of origin
impact on our interactions with the young beings that are in our lives
The workshop will be largely experiential with optional exercises,
group sharing of experience and some teaching.
Acceptance, Rejection, Rupture and Repair: An Exploration into the Dynamics of Attachment
This workshop proposes that essential attributes of primary relationships are re-enacted in the therapy room. This proposition applies equally to the therapist and to the client.
We will therefore set out to understand more about the meaning of these terms – both as concepts that we can hold in mind, and as actual experiences that influence our practice.
The workshop will include interactive work and opportunities for reflecting on personal and professional experience.
Fractures of Attachment, Idetification and Integration
The fractures of attachment in childhood are often the roots of the client’s distress. However the current problems are underpinned by multiple adaptations in order to survive some early trauma and lack or loss of a secure base.
In my work over 30 years with young people in care I have developed a map that aids a developmental approach to working therapeutically with all age groups.
In this workshop I will give a brief introduction to The Identity Matrix (Felton2010).
We will then use the Matrix to identify fractures in the attachment experience of a case study client, and options for interventions which will lead to integration and healing.
This will be useful for therapists and in understanding personal relationships.
The workshop will be both didactic and experiential with handouts.
Live Group Psychotherapy
This workshop is three hours in total with a 15 minute tea break - 3.45 to 4.00 pm.
In the first part of the workshop I will be demonstrating a small “live group Psychotherapy” - of one and a half hours in duration.
After a short tea break we will discuss the Therapeutic work observed - the focus of the discussions will be - theories and methods of Clinical Transactional Analysis - including the use of Contracts, Analysis of Ego States, the enactment of Script and Script Beliefs, the attention and use of Transference with the therapeutic relationship, focus of the interplay between Internal and External Contact, the diagnosis of Relational Needs from a Integrative perspective and the use of Inquiry, Attunement and Involvement within the therapeutic process.
Growing a Business and the
influence of Script
The workshop will explore how organisational script manifests itself and the influence of script has from start up and throughout an organisations growth. It will consider the impact that this has on individuals within the organisation, the organisation itself and its economic environment. The workshop will provide strategies for working with organisation script that suit all sizes of organisation.
This workshop is aimed at those who wish to have a greater insight into how organisations operate, those within private practice and those wish to understand the challenges of organisational growth.
Knowing Me Knowing You: An infinite Blank Canvas?
Who are you? What gets in the way of you really knowing and being yourself? Are you present in your own life?
I would like us to explore how we can be free to be who we really are. And whether we can truly know and connect with others if we don’t know ourselves.
I have been particularly inspired recently by some writings and talks by Thich Naht Hahn - a Vietnamese Buddhist monk; on living mindfully and being present. I will share with you some thoughts around this. This links beautifully with Berne’s concept of Autonomy - shown by awareness, spontaneity and intimacy.
Also, Martin Well’s article on “from Fiction to Freedom: Our True Nature Beyond Life Script” tells us that by ongoing acceptance of our stories and scripts we help to open up to a ‘field of spacious awareness’.
I hope to create space for contemplation and discussion on these themes as a group and individually, along with one or two simple meditations.
Back to Basics – Where to begin with couple work?
Working with couples can be both highly challenging and rewarding. Extending one’s work from individual into couple work can be equally challenging and rewarding. Given the volume of approaches, theoretical models, philosophies ‘out there’ where does the beginning couple therapist start?
This is the question I asked myself when I first began working with couples and one that clients frequently ask me now as they begin couple work – ‘where do we begin?
Using didactic, experiential and interactive methods, this workshop is an introduction to working with couples, focussing on the question ‘what might I need to consider as a beginning couple therapist’.
Whilst exploring this question we will look at assessment, diagnosis and goal setting with clients. I will use TA approaches and also draw on developmental and attachment theory.
You will have the opportunity to apply some of these models to your personal stories and couple client work. The workshop will help you identify your own learning edges in this area.
Dreams as a Therapeutic Tool
Dreams can be a resource, and they can be so terrifying that we are reluctant to sleep. A considerable proportion of our time is spent in dreaming, yet client and professional often discount the message of the dreamer.
In this workshop we will consider how dreams speak to us of our attachment to self, others and the world. We will consider how our dreams fit into a TA framework.
You are invited to bring your own dreams. I will share different ways of approaching dreams in a clinical setting with the aim that participants will gain confidence in relating to their dreamer and that of their clients.