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Somatic approaches for deepening client work. Actively exploring embodied emotional experience with accessible techniques

Event Details
Date: 8th Nov 2019
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 7


Student and new graduate rates available

Organiser: The Professional Development People
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Recent developments and research in neuroscience indicate that direct attention to and work with the emotions is necessary for effective therapeutic change. More particularly, ‘affective embodied experiences are central for change to occur’ (Schore 2012). Working with the emotional as well as cognitive and behavioural aspects of a client’s functioning can be daunting and challenging. It becomes more complex when such work needs to be embodied. This seminar is designed to give beginner therapists the opportunity to learn about the importance of affect regulation in the therapeutic setting and experienced therapists a deeper understanding of how they might facilitate appropriate emotional experience and expression for different client populations. It is hoped that both beginner and experienced therapists will gain more insight into their own affect tolerance and how this determines and shapes the range, types and intensities of emotions that are explored or disavowed in the transference /countertransference relationship and therapeutic alliance. A synopsis of current research, in particular the work of Allan Schore will be explored including exercises and case studies.

Particular attention will be given to:

  • therapeutic impact between talking about emotions, and facilitating the experience and expression;
  • current views on the effectiveness of catharsis;
  • the importance of differential diagnosis in terms of adult attachment styles or personality structures for determining when to facilitate emotional experience or emotional expression with a client.

As the seminar progresses, participants will be determining when to facilitate emotional experience or emotional expression with a client. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on and share their own history of affect regulation. We will explore topics such as when was the experience /expression of affect effective both personally and in the therapeutic setting either as a client or a therapist? Which emotions are challenging? Which are easy? Enabling more insight into their own affect regulation and how it impacts on their effectiveness in the therapeutic setting. Finally, with demonstrations, case studies and exercises, participants will be taught how to identify embodied indicators of appropriate emotional expression or containment, and learn some simple yet subtle techniques for the facilitating effective affect regulation with clients

Learning objectives

  1. be more conversant with the latest research into affect regulation and name how actively working with emotions contributes to effective therapeutic change;
  2. describe the different therapeutic impact of talking about emotions versus actively working with them;
  3. list the necessary requirements for effective cathartic work;
  4. understand the interplay between personality structures and attachment styles and affect regulation. have more insight into their own affect tolerance and how this impacts on their work with clients;
  5. apply some simple techniques to ascertain the embodiment of clients;
  6. apply some simple techniques to deepen emotional experience and expression in the therapeutic setting

Learning outcomes

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Experienced therapists wishing to develop more skills for facilitating a deepening of clients affect.
  • Beginning therapists unsure of when and how to facilitate emotional experience.
  • All therapists interested in learning how working with the body can increase their skills in affect regulation

Presenter details

Narelle McKenzie is the Director and a Senior trainer of the Australian Radix Body Centered Training Centre and the Radix Institute, USA and Canada, which offers a three-year training program in Radix Body Centered Psychotherapy. She is a registered psychologist with over thirty years’ experience working in private practice with adults, adolescents, families, couples and groups. She has a Masters in developmental psychology and extensive experience and training in psychotherapy and psychology. As part of her private consultancy Narelle has led experiential and training workshops on Embodied Psychotherapy throughout Australia and the USA. From 1975 - 1983, she was a full time tenured lecturer in psychology in the School of Education, at Sturt College of Advanced Education, later Flinders University, South Australia developing curriculum and teaching courses in developmental psychology and communication and group work skills for nurses, teachers and speech therapists at an undergraduate and graduate level. More recently she has been a part time lecturer for the Masters in Clinical Psychology programme at the University of South Australia and the Development, Learning and Teaching programme at Flinders University. She is a Clinical Member on the Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (PACFA) Register, a member of the Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators and a member of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapists as well as a member of Peer Review Committee for the International Journal of Body Psychotherapy.

Location and dates

UTS Short Course Room
Level 7, Building 10
235 Jones Street
Ultimo, NSW 2007

8 November 2019



Standard fee $288
This event is fully catered and all resources are provided.

Students and new graduates may apply to attend at half price, apply here

Registration and other information

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1300 887 622

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