Establishing the Container: Embodied Contact & Sacred Space
How do we create a safe, supportive atmosphere for therapy to take place? In any therapeutic method the therapist and the environment in which the therapy takes place each play an essential part in ensuring that the client feels contained and safe enough to address their issues. When working out of doors, creating the therapeutic container can seem more difficult since the space is more open, and may be unpredictable, interrupted by unforeseen eventualities. In such circumstance, containment is provided by the presence of the therapist or facilitator and by features of the particular space in which the work takes place. This first weekend of the academic year will focus on the fundamental principles which create the therapeutic container. Firstly we will explore how the therapist can develop groundedness and embodied presence, offering a solid support to the process, and developing awareness through the body sense. This mindful presence gives confidence to the client and forms the core of the empathic process. Secondly we will explore the dimension of sacred space through the mindful relationship to the working environment, an attitude of reverence and bare awareness, and through the selection and creation of particular working spaces.
More details on Ten Directions Training (including costs, venue and how to apply): http://buddhistpsychology.typepad.com/buddhist_psychology/ten-directions-training-programme.html
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