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Understanding & Working with Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind
A seminar with Marcus West author of Into the Darkest Places – Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind (Karnac 2016), is a training analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and an EMDR practitioner. .
Original post: Psychoanalytic Section Events Calendar
Understanding a client’s difficulties is particularly challenging when, for example, there is more than one diagnosis, or a personality disorder is evident and/or problems are wide-ranging, long-standing and chronic. In such instances it is often difficult to maintain a coherent focus and a consistent approach and it can feel as though we are not able to use CBT skills and knowledge to the client’s best advantage. When we also face therapeutic ruptures in our working alliance, then the challenge is even greater.
Using a case study for illustration, Helen will explain how complex problems can be understood and formulated, and how CBT can be used creatively and productively and how therapeutic ruptures can be resolved. She will draw on the cognitive model to provide a framework for understanding and treating those with complex difficulties and will emphasise that problems are easier to resolve when therapists make use of collaborative formulations, and when they understand how to work with inflexible beliefs and behaviours. Helen will also draw on the work of Safran and Segal (1990), who developed a framework for managing interpersonal ruptures within CBT.
This workshop will build your confidence in understanding clients with complex problems by enhancing your knowledge of:
– Formulating complex problems
– Recognising inflexible beliefs and behaviours
– Deciding where to start and how to get the most out of your CBT skills
– Developing a coherent and consistent approach despite shifting problems
– Addressing difficulties in the therapeutic alliance: resolving ruptures
Safran,J.D., & Segal, Z.V. (1990/1996). Interpersonal processes in Cognitive Therapy. New York:
Basic Books. (2nd ed. Northvale, NJ: Aronson)
Helen has worked in the NHS for over 25 years and in that time gained much experience working with clients with complex problems, particularly those with developmental trauma and relapsing difficulties. She will be using clinical material to illustrate teaching points, and participants will be invited to ask questions and become involved in discussion.
We participated in an Oireachtas committee hearing on 27th June on the future of Mental Health care.
Relational Suicide Assessment:
Client and Family Risks and Resources
One Day Workshop
The hopelessness and desperation of our suicidal clients, as well as the high-stakes involved in working with them, can invite us to adopt a kind of therapeutic tunnel-vision—a singular focus on individual risk factors. Attending to such dangers is critical, of course, but family therapists know better than anyone that behaviors, thoughts, and emotions only make sense in context. To evaluate clients’ imminent risk of making an attempt, it is necessary to consider how their relationships with significant others could be contributing to the danger. And then these intra- and interpersonal risks can only be properly understood within the context of the individual and family resources for responding resiliently to the suicidality.
This workshop will prepare participants to undertake relational suicide assessments—empathically-grounded conversations with clients, oriented to developing an “insider’s” understanding of clients’ risks of making an attempt alongside their potential for safely navigating the dangers. We will explore how to effectively broach possible suicidality, ensure that clients don’t feel interrogated, juxtapose different sources of information to help make safety decisions, work collaboratively with clients and family members in the construction of a safety plan, and take care of ourselves throughout the process. We’ll also touch on postvention considerations—how to work with families and schools after someone significant has taken his or her life.
Dr. Douglas Flemons is Professor of Family Therapy, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, and Co-Director of the Office of Suicide and Violence Prevention at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Florida, USA. A licensed marriage and family therapist and AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, Douglas was the Director of Student Counseling at NSU for over six years. He is the lead author of Relational Suicide Assessment, as well as the author of books on hypnosis …read more
Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland
Diamond Approach Ireland
The Diamond Approach offers an experiential understanding and awareness of our personality and of our deeper nature. It is an open approach, welcoming people where they are and helping them take the next steps appropriate to their own personal, unique development. The Diamond Approach grew out of, and in response to the needs of people leading ordinary lives in our current Western culture. It is an evolving path of self-realization and human maturity based on an original synthesis of modern discoveries in the field of psychology and a new paradigm about spiritual nature.
“The Diamond Approach is a superb combination of some of the best of modern Western psychology with ancient (and spiritual) wisdom. I recommend the Diamond Approach as probably the most balanced of the widely available spiritual psychologies/therapies” Ken Wilbur from the cover of “The Unfolding Now”
“A masterpiece of integration of both the spiritual and psychotherapeutic traditions which is essential material for anyone concerned with helping others to develop a deeper sense of personhood or to liberate themselves from the repetition compulsion to suffer that defines the neurotic condition” David Boadella from the cover of “Pearl beyond Price”
An ongoing group has formed that uses the in-depth experiential teachings of the DA to support the self realization and development of the group and of its individual members. The group meets in a weekend format four times a year and is still open to new participants. The meetings are held in Castletown, Port Laoise. The teaching team is led by Jim Terrien together with John Smalenskas and Breda Perrem, two teachers resident in Ireland who also carry out ongoing individual session work with Diamond Approach students.
Our next weekend will continue our focus on true …read more
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- dowds invite (110 kB)
New Therapy Centre offering individual therapy rooms, a fully stocked play therapy room and larger rooms suitable for small groups, in a central location in Ennis, Co Clare. Each room is furnished to a high standard with full use of in-house facilities, including bathrooms and fully equipped kitchen. Fees include ESB & heating costs. Rooms are available on either a half-day, full day or weekly rate.
Contact: Louise: 085-8376494 Margaret: 087-7947701 Susanne: 087-6636724
Irish Council for Psychotherapy
29 Upper Mount Street
Dublin D02 K003
Tel: 01 9058698