May 11-12 Weekend One – Microskills - Liz Igoe & Caroline Brazier
A weekend of skills practice, focused on a series of short counselling exercises designed to deepen empathy, sharpen observation and develop accuracy in responses. This skills practice is important for student therapists at all stages of training. There will be opportunities for feedback and coaching as well as to work with different partners in dyads and triads.
May 13-16 Four Day Counsellor Intensive Elise Tate & Caroline Brazier
The Counsellor Intensive is a regular feature on our training programme, which is repeated at intervals of three or four years. In this event students have a unique opportunity to experience both offering counselling and being counselled over a period of time. Working with another student provides the safety to experiment and make mistakes without impacting negatively on ‘real clients’. It creates possibilities for students to receive feedback and suggestions in ways which do not happen in the placement itself. This is a longer, more realistic experience than is commonly available on therapy training courses, giving trainee counsellors the opportunity to participate in real therapy and supervision in a controlled more space. The four-day intensive workshop is suitable for students who have done some prior training and, ideally, are reaching a level where they are considering starting a placement, but also experienced practitioners find it useful since it allows feedback which is not normally available in therapeutic situation.
May 17 Theory Day – Power, Influence and Conditioning Caroline Brazier & Jeff Harrison
Our relationship to power is often a factor of our conditioned expectations. We may be influenced by people who in some way replicate the behaviour or style of people who have influenced us in the past – particularly authority figures like parents or teachers. In this seminar day, we will present some ideas on power and influence and discuss how these might manifest in the therapy room. We will look at the implication of the power imbalance intrinsic to the therapy relationship in terms of ethics and keeping good therapeutic boundaries. We will also look at ways in which exploring the replicating patterns of relating around power can be therapeutic.
May 18-19 Weekend Two – Interpersonal Dynamics in the Therapy Room and Supervision Jeff Harrison & Caroline Brazier
The dynamics which play out between therapist and client are often significant indicators of the client’s early patterns of relating. Such dynamics can sometimes be spotted recurring in supervision through what is known as ‘parallel process’. In this skills weekend we will explore and experiment with the patterns of relating in counselling sessions. We will look at the parallels between dynamics in the client’s early relationships, the therapeutic relationship and the supervision relationship through practice examples and case material. This weekend will be suitable for any student, but particularly important for those who are already engaged in a placement.
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