MASTERCLASS: Cultivating Therapeutic Presence: Boosting Your Foundation for a Strong Alliance and Effective Therapy

with Dr. Shari Geller (CA)

Op 4 november 2020 komt Shari Geller in Gent een masterclass geven over ‘therapeutic presence’, meer bepaald: Cultivating therapeutic presence: boosting your foundation for a strong alliance and effective therapy.

Shari Geller, een leerling van Les Greenberg, heeft de afgelopen 20 jaar een methode ontwikkeld om deze therapeutische ‘presence’ te ontwikkelen en te consolideren bij therapeuten. Zij gebruikt hiervoor inzichten vanuit de cliëntgerichte en emotion-focused therapie en combineert deze met inzichten vanuit dialectische gedragstherapie en bovenal mindfullness en meditatie. Meer bepaald ontwikkelde ze ook non-verbale methodieken om hieraan bij te dragen, zoals haar ‘Therapeutic Rhytm and Mindfulness Program’, een combinatie van meditatie en drummen (!).

Shari is een bevlogen docente die haar studenten vaak geïnspireerd en gevitaliseerd achterlaat na haar workshops.

De workshop gaat door in het Engels en hieronder vind je alle verdere informatie. 

Therapeutic presence (TP) is the foundation for positive therapeutic relationships and effective therapy. Twenty years of research on the art and science of TP has led to a model that provides the groundwork for accessing presence in the moment. TP involves therapists bringing their whole self in the encounter with another by being completely in the moment on multiple levels—physically, emotionally, cognitively, relationally, and spiritually. It is trans-theoretical, as being present optimizes the impact of therapeutic interventions across different therapy approaches.

To be most helpful, therapists need to simultaneously be grounded and present in the moment while attuning to clients’ moment-to-moment experience. This activates a neurophysiological experience of safety, supporting clients to engage in optimal and effective therapeutic work. Further it serves to help therapists to remain centered in the face of difficult emotions while offering a therapeutic intervention that is precisely timed to the readiness of their clients. This type of relationship provides a powerful buffer to clients’ distress through the co-regulation of affect. The skillful cultivation of presence also helps therapists to sustain a level of vitality, connection, and effectiveness and supports movement towards emotional health and neurophysiological integration for both clients and therapists.

In this training we will explore an empirically validated model of TP as a map to build and strengthen the skills of presence with clients. We will also explore the neurophysiological principles to creating safety with therapeutic presence, based on concepts such as co-regulation and neuroception of safety stemming from the polyvagal theory (Geller & Porges, 2014). Evidenced based practices from Dr. Geller’s book, ‘A Practical Guide for Cultivating Therapeutic Presence’, such as mindfulness, musical rhythm, imagery and experiential/creative practices will be incorporated. This workshop will also include a deeper dive into the skills of attuning in the moment to the nuances of clients’ experience, through various sensory modalities, to enhance effective therapy. Video tapes and role plays will be incorporated. We will also discuss challenges to TP and how to stay open and engaged when working with challenging clients. There will be a number of take home practice for cultivating presence for your clients, your students, trainees, and for yourself.

In this training you will learn:

  • An empirically validated model of therapeutic presence
  • The neurophysiological benefits of therapeutic presence
  • How therapeutic presence promotes effective therapy
  • How to strengthen your presence in and out of session
  • Practices and skills for attuning in the moment with clients
  • Take home practices for clients, students, trainees and for yourself

Docent: Dr. Shari M. Geller, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Shari Geller is an author, clinical psychologist, and creator of the Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness Program (TRM™). With over twenty years experience weaving psychology and mindfulness, Shari co-authored the book with Leslie Greenberg, Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy.   She has released a companion CD on cultivating presence, with guided practices using the healing power of music and the health benefits of mindfulness. Shari’s newly released book:

A Practical Guide For Cultivating Therapeutic Presence offers practical guidance for cultivating and strengthening Therapeutic Presence as a foundational approach.

Shari serves on the teaching faculty in Health Psychology at York University and for the Applied Mindfulness Meditation (AMM) program at University of Toronto; and is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, in association with Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC). Shari is the co-director of the Centre for MindBody Health, in Toronto, Canada.

Datum:  4 november 2020 van 9:30 u tot 17:00 u 

Locatie: Gent, Het Rustpunt.

Deelnameprijs: wie inschrijft vóór 1 juli 2020 betaalt 180€, vanaf 1 juli 2020 betaal je 250€ (KMO-portefeuille kan gebruikt worden), inclusief hand-outs en dranken tijdens de pauzes. Lunch is niet inbegrepen.

Toelatingsvoorwaarden: psychotherapeuten, counselors, psychologen, psychiaters…

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