The model of bodywork used is based on an integration of the theories of two psychotherapists, WiIhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen. Both of these devoted a large portion of their professional lives to understanding the impact on the body of formative process.
Wilhelm Reich, who was a student of Freud and a gifted analyst, developed his theory of character structure defence at the turn of the last century. Alexander Lowen, who was a client and student of Reich, collaborated in developing the approach known as bioenergetics. In practice these models gracefully complement each other in their theories and approach to resolving the effects of unconscious trauma in the body.
Within psychotherapy we frequently use cognitive memory to look backwards at our history, to observe how we got to here, why we have become who we recognise we are. This is not the full extent of our resources of self- information. We also maintain an emotional history of self and we also inhabit a physical/somatic context of self - a body history. There is an obvious and significant triad here.
Character structure defence and the bioenergetic approach have at their core an inclusion of the body in their theoretical framework and seek to provide an understanding of how the body process can be accessed and included in the psychotherapy relationship.
The course teaches you a theory and skills based experiential model for inclusion of the body in process work with clients, within a Humanistic and Integrative perspective. The aim is to provide you with sufficient theoretical knowledge and experiential skill to facilitate the inclusion of a body awareness context within the therapeutic relationship.
The course draws from the theory and practice of Wilhelm Reich and also of Alexander Lowen in its approach. There is specific focus and inclusion of character structure defence theory in practice and the development of a bioenergetics' perspective.
Theory content will be linked to specific experiential techniques.
Understanding of theory will be supported through applied skills sessions, experiential work and theory lecture/discussion input.
It is expected that participants are capable of holding their own experiential process in undertaking the course. Use of process - through role-play and the more experiential exercises - will be viewed and approached as an aid to clinical understanding- not personal therapy.
Our purpose is to facilitate the inclusion into your current mode of working of an additional perspective that allows process at the physical level to be recognised and explored in a stable clinical context. As course facilitators we are committed to communicating an integrative model of bodywork, which is bioenergetic in theory and approach and practiced from a humanistic perspective.
A certificate of completion for CPD is presented at the close of the course.
|Dates||Future dates to be anounced|
|Time||10.30a.m. - 5.00p.m.|
|Cost||Cost €750.00. A booking deposit of €50.00 with balance payable of €700.00 *|
|Venue||Cherith Centre, Carmelite Monastery, Firhouse, Dublin 24.|
* Deposit is non-refundable if a place is offered and accepted. The balance is paid in two installments on the first and third weekends.
He trained in Humanistic & Integrative psychotherapy and provides individual and group psychotherapy, supervision and consultancy services.
As a trainer and facilitator he has extensive experience with group process work throughout Ireland. Formerly on the staff of the Institute for Creative Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Tivoli Institute Dun Laoghaire, the Irish Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies at Turning Point and the Dublin Business School.
He is an accredited supervisor with IAHIP and maintains an extensive private practice.
Deirdre has a background in teaching and education. She is a humanistic & Integrative psychotherapist with a particular interest in bodywork. She has been facilitating training groups for over twenty years.
Deirdre is an accredited supervisor with IAHIP, and has served on a number of committees. She is a partner in the Integrative Psychotherapy Practice where she maintains a private practice.
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