The Spirit of Psychotherapy – Prof Jeremy Holmes


Date: 25th September 2021
Location: Live via Zoom*
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm GMT / 4:30am – 11:30am EST / 3:30am – 10:30am CST / 2:30am – 9:30am MST / 1:30am – 8:30am PST
CPD/CEU hours: 6
Speaker: Prof Jeremy Holmes
Price: £99 GBP / $130 USD

*This training will be recorded. The link to the recording will be made available for 90 days following the live event.

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The CPD/CEU hours awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Course outline:

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.

Speaker Information

Prof Jeremy Holmes
Professor Jeremy Holmes MD FRCPsych was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002. He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, (2nd edition 2013), The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005 co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck), Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2010, winner of Canadian Goethe Prize), The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy (2014), Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (2017, with A Slade), and The Brain Has a Mind of its Own: Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy (2020). He was recipient of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award 2009. Gardening, Green politics and grand parenting are gradually eclipsing his lifetime devotion to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment.

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