"When we are called to our life’s purpose we are called not as we are but to become who we can be."
"The body is 'our primary text and starting point for knowledge'." Rountree, 2006
"Restoring energetic boundaries and innate defensive and protective strategies that have been thwarted and immobilized."
ADVANCED PRACTICES: LOVE, REGULATION, DISRUPTION & REPAIR: DEEPENING OUR PRACTICE AS THERAPIST AS AGENT OF EARLY ATTACHMENT REPAIR
The legacy of impaired attachment has far reaching implications; psychotherapists have long been occupied with finding the most fruitful ways to facilitate the maturation and development of the self to mediate the suffering and symptomology of early relational trauma that persevere across the lifespan and across generations. Overwhelming evidence establishes the neuroaffective and psychological implications of impaired attachment, the interruption and maladaption in the complex development of the psyche, and relational, regulation, and integrative capacities. The construct of the therapist as psychobiological regulator (Schore) provides an overarching framework where the therapist stands in for reparative experiences to facilitate the maturation of the RB. Schore’s comprehensive theory provides a foundational bedrock to leap into relational repair work, a theoretical safety net, or a map, to understand and steady our questioning mind (left hemisphere) as we traverse the often difficult terrain of attachment repair.
Clinical practice oriented towards the reparation of early attachment injuries calls for a three pronged approach revolving around love, affect regulation, and disruption of impaired foundational adaptive measures, both neurophysiologically and psychologically, with the intention of advancing the maturation and development of the bodyself. This disruption of the IWMs, regulatory habituated states, and relational strategies opens the system to expand with supportive, attuned therapeutic contact. This expansion of capacity is precisely what is necessary to evolve maladaptive patterns that were established in early years. Applying the idea of disruption to impaired development within the bodyself can be seen through three pillars of practice; namely, attachment, the body, and relational repair. Within these pillars the therapist utilises several types of listening with the bodyself and acts as a disruptor of the infant/caregiver patterning, offering self in relationship for relational repair.
Drawing on the sensibilities of body-centred psychotherapy where one uses modulation of the body to shift the arousal states (regulate) and facilitate processing of bodily held states, and weaving understandings from relational and interpersonal analytic work, one follows a model of right relationship in therapy, where therapists can fall into relationship, RB to RB, body to body, to meet and work with the medicine of love and connection. In living the new story of psychotherapy, where the RH has priority; where relational contact, authenticity, connectedness, and intuition are primary; where love rather than the intellect is the container; where the body, the primary container for life, becomes what we thread the needle through, clinicians are taken to the edge, the precipice, so we can fall, fall into the right, into the flow of relationship, deeply and soundly and rely on theoretical and conceptual frameworks to provide the landscape for therapeutic work. In bringing the body into the clinical space the psychotherapist feels into where the bodyself will yield to new expressions of self.
Over eight days, in two clinics, we will work with material that emerges in oneself through lecture, demonstration, small group practice, group exploration, and discussion of application to clinical practice. In preparation for the clinics there will be readings to invite you to attune in specific ways to some of the material we will be working with. Two online meetings between clinics will be offered to further integrate the material into clinical practice.
Advanced Practices One: We will open this clinic looking at love and expanding our clinical frame. We will spend time deepening our awareness of listening, looking at what and how we are listening, and how to translate the listening into clinical material. We will deepen our practice as we look at the implications of fear in early life, disruption and its place in clinical practice particularly from our orientation towards early reparation, and finally, we will delve into mentalization.
Advanced Practices One Questions that we will explore:
How do we disrupt, repair and facilitate growth?
How do we integrate the sensibilities of interpersonal/relational analytic psychotherapy into our work? What are the threads we need to weave to expand and build our framework and practice?
How do we track the developmental material as we listen? How do we piece together our understanding of a patient’s history and the etiology of their injuries as we listen? What are we listening for?
How can we understand the capacity to mentalize as essential for growth and repair?
Advanced Practices Two: In this clinic we will examine our therapeutic stance, looking at the spaces and places that we shift between a one and two person psychology stance, deepening our awareness of when and why, as we articulate our understanding of the movement between stances. We will spend time looking at defenses and deepening our work with self-states, fragmentation, dissociation, and shame. We will look at dependency and motivational states, work to deepen our understanding and clinical application of holding, particularly holding and self-regulation, and deepen our understanding of early injury and hypo arousal. Finally, we will spend time looking at enactments, how they arise in clinical practice, and how to listen and work with them.
Advanced Practices Two Questions that we will explore:
How can we track and identify our shifting stance in therapeutic practice, finding ourselves engaging with one person and two person stances? How do we understand what has us moving between the two, the implications, for better and for worse?
How do we attune and listen for material, understand and use it in clinical practice?
What are we listening for?
How can we understand enactments as an essential part of therapeutic practice? How can we identify them, work with them, and find our way through them?
The Savoy Clinic, 104-777 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC
Space is limited and open to those who have completed BBP 2 yr or BBP Advanced trainings
This will be a hybrid program with clinic one in person and clinic two online
April 28th to May 1st and November 12th to 15th, 2022
1050.00 per clinic