February 16-17 Weekend One – Exploring Craving and Grasping - Caroline & Elise
Buddhist psychology sees mental process, and in particular psychological problems, as being driven by compulsive grasping and a process known as ‘attachment’ which is actually an appropriation of experience in the service of self-building defences. The first line of response to life’s difficulties, sense attachments represent a body-based craving for safety and permanence in a world which is in constant flux. Craving and grasping occur in all of us in many ways and can become problematic when they result in compulsive or addictive behaviours. This skills weekend will offer opportunities to explore these core Buddhist concepts in practical ways and to look at ways in which our practice as therapists can help others to investigate these ubiquitous patterns.
February 18-21 Four Day Group: Money, Value and Price – Caroline & Jeff
Money is a central part of modern life. Hardly anyone lives outside the money economy. At its simplest money provides a convenient means of exchange which allows complex trading of work and necessities within a given community. More than this though, money can be a dominating influence in people’s thinking and a driving force in directing their life choices. Often seen as the primary source of happiness, money is frequently taken to be an indicator of success and value. To have money is to have a place in society which is envied by many. Money is therefore both a practical reality – people need money to live – and a highly symbolic medium through which many of the things which we value most highly, such as love, status and power, are expressed As therapists who charge for our services, or who donate our time pro bono, we cannot avoid being caught up in financial dealings or their impact on the therapeutic alliance. In this group experience we will use a number of different formats to explore personal and general associations with the themes of money, value and price.
February 22 Theory Day- Introducing Different Modalities - Caroline & Liz
In therapeutic work we sit together and talk, but we may also use a variety of different methods and materials. These might include writing, drawing or painting, using small objects, chair work, dialogue, dramatic enactment or other creative or expressive methods. Many of these methods are projective, allowing clients an opportunity to show things about their ‘inner’ worlds in an externalised, practical way. They are particularly applicable in other-centred contexts as they allow the client’s world to be given concrete representation so that it can be explored and related to. This seminar day and the weekend which follows will explore different methods and their application in the therapy room.
February 23-24 Weekend Two – Projective Methods Caroline & Liz
Following on from the seminar day, this final skills weekend of the spring course block will give space for practising and experimenting with different projective methods.