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Theoretical bases: Therapeutic Triangle & Object Related Identity
Other Centred Approach provides a model based on Buddhist psychology which underpins the Ten Directions programme. This model emphasises an understanding of the way that mental processes are conditioned by perceptual phenomena, and in particular how the worldview is distorted to support a sense of continuity and familiarity. This second weekend will address two key elements in the methodology, showing how these manifest in the outdoor situation. The first element concerns the nature of the therapeutic relationship. In Other Centred Approach the relationship between therapist and client or facilitator and group member is seen as supportive and collaborative. Based on a sense of ‘fellow feeling’ the therapist accompanies the client in an exploration of the world. Thus both share a perceptual object and give attention to elements in this worldview, rather than focusing on the immediate interpersonal process. This relationship is therefore described as triangular: being made up of the three elements of client, therapist and object world. As the object world, the environment, is viewed, so the mind adjusts and changes. The mentality is conditioned by what it is exposed to. Exposure to the natural environment thus provides a potent conditioning factor, in itself an argument for environmentally based therapies. At the same time particular phenomena have particular effects and the investigation of such encounters forms the basis of much of the work.
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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