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We live in a semi-secular age. Yet existential and spiritual questions don’t go away: the search for meaning and purpose; coping with difficulty, disability and loss; finding acceptance and tranquillity alongside both joy and excitement; legitimate anger and rebellion and how to channel them. In parallel with, but distinct from, the psychological difficulties and illness that drive people to seek psychotherapeutic help, these themes are inescapably present in any medium-long-term psychotherapy. A key therapeutic task is to see how they play out in relation to the uniqueness of the individual life-story. In doing so they evoke and challenge the therapist’s own core values in ways that inevitably impact on the therapeutic relationship.
The basis of this workshop will be two seemingly diverse facets of my recent work: a) interviewing people from a wide variety of faith backgrounds seeking discussing faith intersects with their biographical themes, and thus to reveal principles of ethical and healthy living relevant to the secular context of the consulting room, and b) attempts to understand the clinical implications of relational neuroscience. I argue that therapy, as well as being a theory and a method for helping people overcome psychological distress and illness, is also a praxis. That is, a living here-and-now experience of attentive listening, democratic sharing, affective exploration. This leads, when things go well, to life-affirming ‘duets for one’. When, as is inevitably also the case, they do not, I discuss what impedes this ‘onto-ethical mutuality and how it may be overcome’.
The workshop should be of interest) to therapists interested in the spiritual aspects of their work, b) those wanting to explore the true nature of the therapeutic relationship, and c) those intrigued by the ethics of psychotherapy, not at the level of ‘dos and don’ts’, but about what it means to lead a good life.
The workshop will fall into four sessions. In the opening morning session I will talk about my research in the faith communities, and in the afternoon first session look at the ethics of psychotherapy praxis, and how to work with spiritual questions as they arise. In my talks I will use ’share screen’ for my PowerPoint just as I would in a live lecture. The second half of both morning and afternoon will be devoted to ‘live supervision’, when we will discuss two cases each from volunteer delegates.