ACAT: CAT & Embodiment
3rd November 2017 to 4th November 2017


Embodiment, therapeutic space and reducing therapist fatigue

This workshop is an exploration of how we may begin creatively to use engagement with our own embodiment as therapists to free up stuck or overwhelming process with challenging clients.  As well as supporting a healing therapeutic process this approach may also help us to recognise how we take on and consequently how we may lighten some of the burdens we carry for our clients in and through our bodies.

Facilitated by Tim Sheard

Dates: Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th November 2017

Times: Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm

Location:  National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL

This workshop will

  • Give a taste of how engaging with our own embodiment as therapists can begin to free up stuck or difficult therapeutic process and reduce unrecognised collusive reciprocation
  • Introduce and give the opportunity to practise specific embodiment techniques that participants can take away and begin to use in their work
  • Give insight into ways we may be taking on burdens from our clients and carrying them inside our bodies.  This may result in tiredness, exhaustion, even burnout
  • Begin to explore how embodiment skills may open up a new clarity and also mediate healthy self to self reciprocal roles such that therapists are resourced to engage with themselves and with clients in a way that supports a reduction of therapeutic burdening. (A burdening  that that can be understood to be unrecognized collusive reciprocation)
  • Begin to open up perhaps new perspectives on therapeutic and relational space, containment and how relationship may be mediated through embodied presence

The workshop is mainly experiential, focused on individual exercises and the number of participants will be limited to a maximum of eighteen. Some theoretical understandings will be woven in to the process. Please see workshop notes and a paper in Reformulation (Summer 2017) for more detail about this approach and the facilitator.

ACAT plans to host a series of workshops facilitated by Tim aimed at supporting therapists establish a more embodied approach in their clinical work. Attendance at this introductory workshop (or a previous one with Tim) is a prerequisite for participating in the series.

The workshop is relevant to the following groups:

  • CAT therapists and trainees
  • Therapists trained in other modalities working with ‘borderline’ or ‘PD’ clients

Tim Sheard is a CAT psychotherapist whose training work in the UK and Finland focuses on embodiment

For further information please see the Flyer and Background Notes under 'Event Documents' below.

ACAT reserves the right to change programme content and presenters.

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3rd November 2017 to 4th November 2017

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