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It's not about me (4) - What I could offer

Posted by Michael Gavin on March 25, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I am simply going to list some bullet points for this topic:

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Format

  • Ongoing group
  • One off weekend
  • One off day
  • On-line webinar

Themes

  • (Skills for) Making Trauma Therapy Safe
  • Self Care for Counsellors and Therapists
  • (Skills for) Working with Trauma Memories
  • (Skills for) Working with Intense Emotions

  • Developing Personal (Embodied) Presence
  • Developing Personal Authority

  • (Understanding and Using) Somatic Countertransference
  • The Challenge of the Unspeakable
  • Working at Depth

Methods

  • theoretical exposition
  • seminar discussion
  • practical demonstrations
  • supervised skills practice
  • role play / suervision

Let me know what your preferred approaches are:

Let me know what you would like:  comment below; join the discussion on LinkedIn, or take the survey  (and get the Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatgue Self-test, and the Self-remembering email series.)

Michael Gavin

 


It's not about me (3) - What I would enjoy

Posted by Michael Gavin on March 25, 2012 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

“what I could offer, what would I enjoy offering, what I would love to offer, in the way of Training and Professional Development. “


I enjoy teaching.  In a former life I was a teacher for twenty odd years, most of them spent teaching Inner London youngsters designated “ Maladjusted” (- we talked like that in 60s & 70s-)  who later came to be labelled as having Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.  I learned a lot from those times and those young people.


I would enjoy teaching some of the things I learned then about maintaining personal presence and personal authority ( what Cesar Milan, the “Dog Whisperer”calls Calm Assertiveness) in the face of strong, unbridled affect- about holding a boundary without aggression and without backing down even though you are scared.


I would enjoy sharing what I have learned about the elegant and accessible concepts of Transactional Analysis since I passed my TA 101 exam in 1982.  Though a wave of ME/CFS shut down my formal TA training after a couple of years in the late eighties I have kept a close contact with the TA world and world view, presenting regularly at ITA Conferences throughout the years. (Catch me at Harrogate this April, presenting on the Structural Dissociation model.)


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It was that debilitating illness, which stopped me in tracks, that propelled me towards Body Psychotherapy. I could not understand how my body could let me down like that.  I learned so much in my Radix training about emotion and its expression, about the embodiment of script and of character, and especially about working with high energetic charge and discharge. I would enjoy sharing that knowledge and the ways I have learned in my own work and with the people I supervise, to integrate it with talking therapies.


During the Radix training I first me Babette Rothschild, herself a former Radix practitioner, when she came to talk to us about Shock and Trauma. Having just had a member of our training cohort commit suicide, we were all ready to listen.  Looking back over the twenty years that have passed it is astonishing to realise how uninformed we all were about trauma then. Judith Herman’s magnificent and trail-blazing Trauma and Recovery was published in 1992.  I joined Babette’s first training programme in 1994 and that changed the direction of my work.  In the last two years I have assisted babette in two twelve day training programmes and it was fascinating to see how much of the principle and practice has remained the same over the intervening years, and how much more sophisticated the course has become.  I enjoy passing on the principles and the practices that come from Somatic Trauma Therapy.


Back in the late nineties, influenced initially by my long time friend and colleague Ray Little, I did several intensive trainings with Richard Erskine who was developing an  essentially relational approach, integrating psychoanalytic and  humanistic (TA and Gestalt in the main) concepts and ways of working.  I became a member of what has proved to be a long lived and immensely valuable professional development seminar where we looked in depth and over time at Object Relations, transference and counter-transference phenomena, and how those psychoanalytic perspectives can be applied in our own practice.  I enjoy sharing what I have learned about these ways of working and how they fit with a somatic approach.  In the words of Alan Schore, how to develop : “a state of vitalizing attunement to the patient” and “an awareness of the clinician’s right-hemispheric countertransferential  visceral-somatic responses to the patient’s transferential, automatic, facially, prosodically, and somatically expressed affects.”  In my words, how to use body awareness to pick up on the client’s state and unexpressed feelings and needs.


I enjoy showing off a bit too, and we don’t get much chance for that in our profession, so teaching, training, doing demonstrations and the chance to look wise and knowledgable is fun for me.


But it's not about me...

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Michael Gavin

It's not about me (2) - What I'd love to do

Posted by Michael Gavin on March 25, 2012 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (1)

“what I could offer, what would I enjoy offering, what I would love to offer, in the way of Training and Professional Development. “

 

What I would love is a fairly small committed group meeting for a day, or even two days, three of four times a year.  People with some life experience, some professional experience, a curiosity about theory and practice, a spirit of intellectual and emotional adventure and an interest in embodiment and in depth (whether it be the dark depths of Michael Eigen’s Psychotic Core  or the archetypal depth of Jung’s  Collective Unconscious.)

 

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I would love to work with a combination of approaches: supervision and demonstration, close reading of interesting texts, experiential exploration as well as discussion, and some teaching, practicing and experimenting with techniques.

 

I should love be part of a group that was  interested in exploring the ramifications of transference and counter-transference both as aids and as potential hinderances to  work with people affected by trauma.

 

It would be great if there are enough people who are interested and available to work in that way to make this a reality.  Obviously I should love that outcome. But ...it’s not about me.

To let me know what you would love, please comment below, join the discussion on LinkedIn, or complete the survey.  If you manage to finish the survey, as a thank you you get the Compassion Satisfaction and Fatgue Self Test and the Self-remebering email series.


Michael Gavin

 

 

CPD: It's not about me, it's about you!

Posted by Michael Gavin on March 25, 2012 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

As I contemplate my advancing age and the prospect of winding down my London psychotherapy practice, I like to tell myself that I have learned enough  to have something of value to pass on.


Someone* said  “An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.”  On these terms I may qualify.  So my mind turns to what I could offer, what would I enjoy offering, what I would love to offer, in the way of Training and Professional Development.

* (Google tells me it was Niels Bohr, the quantum physicist)


In later posts I will attempt to answer those questions: what I would love to do, what I might enjoy, what is the list of things I am confident I could do.


But in reality it’s not about what I want or would enjoy. It’s about what you want. So what I need to hear is - What do you, my colleagues and  fellow labourers in the fields of trauma counselling and therapy, want in the way of training on this subject?


What format? What frequency? As part of a closed or an open group?

Didactic?  Hands and practical? Experiential?  

Supervision? Demonstrations? Role play and supervised practice?

Discussion of books and papers?

Any or all of these? And in what proportions?

What theories? What authors? What modalities?


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I have earmarked three weekends through the rest of 2012 to devote to Training and Professional Development in working with people affected by trauma.   They are June 9 &10, October 13 &14, and November 3 & 4.

Please join the discussion here (or on LinkedIn, or through the survey) and let me know your thoughts.

Of course I hope that some of you who are free on those days and can get to SW London will actually come for the training.  But I want to hear from people around the country - indeed around the world - what would be your optimum experience?


Add your comments below..

Email me at [email protected]

Check out LinkedIn for discussion on these groups where I will be posting this same question: Counselling & Psychotherapy, Events, workshops and conferences to enhance CPD, Brain-based psychotherapy, Institute of Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Somatic Perspectives on Psychotherapy, Existential & humanistic psychology, BACP Workplace.

 

And if you will take a few minutes to complete my SurveyMonkey questionnaire, I will send you a modest (or should I say “incredibly valuable”  reward: a series on the practice of Self-Remembering (I think that’s another way of saying “mindfulness” It includes the revised version of the Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue Self-test. Please do let me have your thoughts.  


Michael Gavin


PS  Many years ago, in another life it seems now, I studied the History and Philosophy of Education.  One thing we covered was the origin of the universities in the Middle Ages. There were two models: the Paris model and the Bologna model.

In Paris the teachers were in charge and selected the students, but in Bologna the student body was the final authority and hired and fired the teachers.  Obviously the Paris model has become the norm.  But let us hear it for Bologna and student power to determine the what and how of learning.  It really is about you.

 

 


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