Two Day Training Workshop
Depression, Self-Harm & Suicide in Adolescence
This workshop will explore a Gestalt relational approach to working with adolescents whose presenting symptom issues include depression, self-harming behaviours, and suicidal thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We will examine the symptom structure of these presentations and the transference issues which emerge in the work. Participants will appreciate how under-supported developmental process, transitional insecurity, the presence of trauma and wider environmental influences often shape the adolescent’s lifespace, giving rise to physiological, psychological and interpersonal dysregulation which manifests in these symptoms.
Gestalt therapy with adolescents is not defined by treatment protocol and technique, but rather by the cultivation of meaningful therapeutic contact with the adolescent. During this training workshop, we will broadly address the therapeutic and case management issues which arise in the work with young people who are struggling with these presentations. A relational methodology for intervention will be presented.
About The Presenter:
Bronagh Starrs is Programme Director for the MSc Adolescent Psychotherapy in Dublin Counselling & Therapy Centre in partnership with the University of Northampton and Founder & Director of Blackfort Adolescent Gestalt Institute. She maintains a private practice in Omagh, Northern Ireland, as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, writer and trainer, specialising in working with adolescents, emerging adults and their families. Bronagh is an adolescent development specialist and 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. Her recent publication Adolescent Psychotherapy – A Radical Relational Approach (Routledge, London) has received international acclaim.
Dates: Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Venue: Dublin Counselling & Therapy Centre, Gardiner Street Dublin 1