The Power of Therapeutic Presence
October 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm$95.00
Using Present Centered Awareness in Therapy
October 26, 2019, 9:00am-4:30pm
Presence is the act of pure experiencing and perceiving without the overlay of judgment, analysis and intellectualization. When we are are able to observe and experience in this way we are guided to deeper and more connected perceptions and awareness. This allows us to make more meaningful and connected interventions with our clients regardless of our therapeutic orientation.
Through lecture, experiential exercises, practice sessions, and question and answer sessions participants will explore the practice and use of presence in the therapeutic setting.
Through experiential exercises participants will directly learn how to:
- Sit in presence
- Shift and adjust their internal/external balance to maintain connection to presence
- Listen and perceive in presence
- Speak from presence
- Maintain presence as you sit and speak in the therapist role
Topics explored through discussion and experiential practice:
- Perceiving from presence and the use of non-judgmental awareness
- Observing the expressions of the body (both yours and the clients)
- Not being distracted by words or lost in content
- Picking up the attitudes and the nonverbal messages (both yours and the clients)
- Learning to take in the whole experience of a client: mental, emotional and physical
- Perceiving what is happening with your client even though you are not consciously aware of it
- The importance of intention
- Trusting and using your unconscious awareness and intention
- Discerning the difference between pure presence expression and egoic expression
- Speaking from your experiential knowing versus speaking from your intellect
- Learning to trust speaking from the intuitive awareness
- Speaking from the intuitive knowing which arises out of presence
One Day Workshop
9:00am – 4:30pm 6 Class hours (2 -15 minute breaks and 1 hour for lunch. Registration at 8:45am)
Social Workers: This program has been approved for 6 Social Work continuing Education hours for relicensure in accordance with 258CMR, Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons School of Social Work Authorization #D80984.
Mental Health Counselors: This program has been approved for 6 Category I MaMHCA hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR, Authorization #19-0684.