At the heart of emotion-focused work is empathic attunement. This is the process by which we endeavor to enter our clients’ frame of reference in order to get a felt understanding of their experience at that moment. Having this felt understanding of our clients’ experience is the foundation of further humanistic interventions — from basic empathic reflections, to deepening empathic explorations, and throughout all process-guiding work (i.e., gestalt experiments). Attuning is what happens inside the therapist before the therapist does anything on the outside.
The trouble with offering this workshop is that experienced clinicians often feel they have “mastered” empathy (or, in some cases, believe empathy is unnecessary or quite beside the point).
In fact, empathy is a richly complex and incredibly helpful process, and all of us could all be better at it. The more clearly and accurately we can differentiate our clients’ emotional states, the better we can track their moment-by-moment felt experience, the more adroitly we can intervene in helpful ways.
In this workshop we’ll combine small amounts of lecture and video observation with large amounts of experiential practice & reflection. You’ll have the opportunity for several experiential attunement practices, during which you’ll sharpen your skills and get instant feedback on your accuracy — much more detailed feedback then you typically get in your sessions.
The practice sessions will be short and focused. We won’t be doing chair work — this is attunement practice.
The only prerequisite for this workshop is holding a clinical license.
When: Friday, March 13, 2020, from 8:30am until 1pm.
Where: GETME, 95 High Street, Suite 207, Portland, ME
A Certificate of 4 Contact Hours will be provided.
Minimum of 6, maximum of 9 participants.
Facilitator: Tom Kubasik, LCPC
To register, please submit your name and email below. You will be invoiced via Square after submitting your registration. We look forward to seeing you!