CPD Training Days & Workshops 2020
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Humanistic versus Psychodynamic - 6th December
Humanistic versus Psychodynamic: understanding the paradigm clash deeply, before integrating and transcending it
Trainer: Michael Soth
Time: 09:00 – 16:30 (09:00-11:00; 11:30-13:30; 14:30-16:30)
Date: Sunday 6th December 2020
Venue: On-line (Zoom)
Trainee Members - £40
Full Members - £50
Trainee Non-members - £60
Qualified Non-members - £75
About the training:
With the astonishing success of the integrative movement over the last 30 years throughout counselling and therapy in Britain, it’s hard to remember why the humanistic and psychodynamic traditions were at war with each other for many years previously. Most integrative practitioners these days can see the point of both perspectives and move freely between them. However, after decades of profound polarisation, are we in danger of superficially sliding over the differences, and what are we losing by doing that?
17 years ago, my colleague Lavinia Gomez, best known as the author of “Introduction to Object Relations”, wrote a ground-breaking paper, warning us that we cannot just switch back and forth between humanistic and psychodynamic stances without serious detriment to the client’s therapeutic process. During a time when most assume that psychotherapy integration is an unequivocally good thing, Lavinia’s warning still deserves investigation. Her paper also addresses the question: what actually is the essence of the humanistic tradition in contradistinction to the psychodynamic? And why can’t we mix and match them?
In this workshop we will...
This workshop will clarify, in an accessible and condensed fashion, questions and dilemmas that are rarely addressed these days, based upon principles and formulations that are not published and not available publicly. You will come away with an appreciation that decades of paradigm clash really did have a deeper purpose and meaning, without getting stuck in the polarisation. This is an intensely practical as well as theoretical workshop, depending upon your reflective engagement with these questions in your own practice.
Pre-reading material will be sent out once you have booked your place for the event.
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