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Knowing Yourself & Being Effective
Free talks & taster events for anyone with a mind to discover more about themselves and considering group therapy
At: the OTS - Witney Therapy Centre.
Group therapy (and this free talk) is an opportunity to explore questions such as:
The style of the talks will be conversational around these questions, so each talk is different. Knowing yourself and being effective, the title of the talk, runs through all of the many forms of counselling, psychotherapy and various therapy groups.
So …. how come you have read this far? Why would anyone would be attracted by a title including and championing the idea of ‘knowing yourself’? Don’t we all know ourselves anyway? Your interest might just reflect the fact that when we consider the idea of knowing ourselves, we have an intuition that there is more to us than we ourselves can see; that life holds more possibilities for us than we have managed to achieve; whether it be in work, love, inner satisfaction etc.
The conversational experience of this talk, gives it the feel of a workshop and taster session so that you can form an impression of working within a supportive group of others, all interested in having a better experience of life.
It will give you space to think about what actually supports you in life, and what gets in the way of you having the life you want; and develop your understanding of the processes which impact how we think and feel, and how we interact with others and life in general.
About the Talk Leader:
Justin has worked as an integrative & relational group & individual therapist, supervisor & trainer for over 20 years. He runs the Witney Therapy Centre and is a director of ‘OTS - Oxfordshire Therapy & Self Development'.
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Dilemmas of first sessions and initial assessments
An OTS Training Day Workshop - CPD for experienced and new therapists!
Trainer: Michael Soth
Time & Date: Saturday 15th July 2017 10.00 – 17.00
Venue: Witney Therapy Centre, 2a Corn Street, Witney OX28 6BL
Places are limited, so early booking (see below) is advised. CPD certificates will be provided for 6 hours CPD.
Additionally: Once you have booked this workshop, you will also be sent free CPD material - video and handouts which are ideal preparation for this workshop.
OTS Members - £40
OTS affiliates - £50
OTS applicants - £60
Non-members - £75
Refunds: OTS have a 'money back' if not satisfied with the training day policy
Lunch: As always, we will have a bring and share lunch.
About the theme:
First sessions and initial assessments are different and in some ways more difficult than regular sessions within an established process. In a first session we do not yet have a shared understanding nor an agreed therapeutic frame. It is one of the main tasks of a first session to develop such a frame, but not just routinely or as an arbitrary or standard given, but in service of the specific work required and therefore appropriate and maybe adjusted to each individual client.
A first session, especially if it includes an assessment, therefore comprises some quite contradictory modalities of engagement (all of which have matter-of-fact, practical implications as well as therapeutic and relational ones): some quasi-medical interactions, a business negotiation, a meeting of two humans / strangers, as well as therapeutic considerations throughout, plus the tensions between the four, manifesting to some extent as contradictory pulls between the therapist's presence as a person and their presence within the role. Hopefully at the end of the hour all of that will culminate in a sufficiently solid and mutually understood and negotiated working alliance (another relational modality).
The special dilemmas of such initial sessions arise because, after all, these are quite contradictory relational modes, and thus reveal more clearly just what a confusing mix of relational modalities the therapeutic relationship consists of.
So that means that a workshop on this topic is of interest and has benefits for a wide range of therapists, including specifically beginners as well as experienced practitioners.
What will you get out of this workshop?
As a beginner trying to build up your practice, the topic is immediately relevant to how you approach initial meetings with clients and whether or not these lead to ongoing work. The way most of us handle this to begin with relies mainly on imitating and copying our own therapists and tutors. However, that may not suit you and your style. Being clear about the conflicts and dilemmas that are inherent in first sessions is helpful in you working out your way of conducting these.
These questions are not only relevant for beginners, obviously, but we can all continue learning and reflecting on the habits we have developed in our practice. We can all usefully spend some time investigating what happened with clients who did not choose to continue after initial meetings, and what was the dynamic that got in the way of a working alliance.
For experienced practitioner focusing on the complexities of first sessions helps us sharpen our awareness of the tensions between the various relational modalities that are inherent in the therapeutic relationship all the time. Based on an integration of contributions by Lavinia Gomez, Martha Stark and Petruska Clarkson, Michael has developed some formulations that bring out the inherent tensions more clearly than each of these models by itself.
Format of the day:
So in order to provide a foundation and framework, Michael will give some background teaching and briefly touch upon his ‘diamond model’. But apart from that more general and abstract input, we will stick closely to the topic of the day and its practical applications.
In preparation, it will be useful for you to remember difficult first sessions and bring these as examples for us to work on experientially.
You will be sent background reading and videos to the topic, which we have put together upon receipt of your fees.
What others have said about these experiential workshops:
“At a simple level, the energy and passion brought into the room by Michael, let alone his significant experience, was stimulating, inspiring and informative.”
“The role play session was extremely interesting and useful as it provided a learning experience which you simply cannot get from other types of CPD such as books, lectures, or less experiential methods of training. Because several of us took turns to play the part of 'therapist', we saw how different therapeutic styles would play out differently with the same client. We particularly looked at how soon, and in what way, the client's core issues would manifest themselves in the therapy, depending on the therapist's working style.”
“My personal comprehension as to the dimensions I need to be mentally aware of and managing in a first session are significantly clearer, although of course practice will develop this further. ”
“Recognising that I avoid opportunities for ruptures in the therapeutic relationship and I should in fact embrace them. ”
“I discovered how my style sometimes means I try to dictate the journey of the therapy and how I can choose to shift from this perspective. ”
“It was a boost to my confidence overall, and I really felt empowered when others observed my practice and could observe other (relational) modalities in my practice that I had not observed before. Now I am aware of them I feel I am more able to work with them. ”
“I think the key thing that I took away was a question around my flexibility: how flexible am I in first sessions (and indeed in all of my work)? I like being left with questions about how I am as a therapist... ”
“I am not enough familiar with CBT or Gestalt ideology but to have practitioners from all realms of training speak and demonstrate- it opened my work up with my client the next day ... and it opened up my general integrative stance also. ”
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