The practitioner’s art is not an art of technique; it is an art born of authenticity, openness to the present moment and creative improvisation. Therapeutic moments don’t “just happen”, particularly with adolescent clients. And they most certainly are not the product of a formulaic application of technique. The therapeutic moment grows out of the structured ground of the therapy.
This structured ground has at least two critical dimensions: the relational (i.e. the fostering of supportive connections) and the strategic (i.e. assessment of developmental status & formulation of praxis strategy for promoting new development). During this 3-day intensive training programme, we will attend to both the relational and the strategic grounds of adolescent psychotherapy.
This training programme covers topics such as:
– A Theoretical Framework for Adolescent Development
– Introduction To Relational Assessment
– Development of the Therapeutic Alliance with the Adolescent & his/her Parents
– Self-Symbolism & Creativity: Gaining Access To The Adolescent’s Phenomenological Experience
The training workshop will focus on developing a richer understanding of adolescent process, and in particular, participants will develop a deeper appreciation of the essential developmental impulse underlying even the most self-destructive and inappropriate behaviours exhibited by young people – which understandably cause concern and create complex dilemmas for helping professionals.
Venue: Outcomers Building,
Roden Place, Dundalk
Dates: 7th 8th 9th March 2014
To book your place on the workshop please contact Bronagh directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Facilitator
Bronagh Starrs BA Dip Psychotherapy MIAHIP maintains a private practice in Omagh, Northern Ireland, as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, writer and trainer, specialising in working with children, adolescents and their families. Bronagh is Director of Blackfort Adolescent Gestalt Institute and is Course Director of a 2-Year Advanced Post-Qualifying Diploma in Humanistic & Integrative Adolescent Psychotherapy which is run in conjunction with Dundalk Counselling Centre. She has considerable experience as a trainer in adolescent development and therapy throughout Ireland. She also teaches and presents internationally on the developmental implication of trauma on the adolescent journey. Bronagh has authored various articles and chapters on the subject and has contributed to the collected volume: Relational Child, Relational Brain (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group/ GestaltPress). Bronagh’s writing has also been published in various International Psychotherapy Journals.