Exploring Therapeutic Presence
COURSE DESCRIPTION & GOALS
The therapeutic relationship is one of the most powerful determinants of successful outcomes. This means that our therapeutic presence is the foundation of supporting how people heal and whether they respond positively to therapeutic efforts. Upon completion of this course, participants will have demonstrated the ability to intentionally place attention on clinically relevant, yet less obvious, aspects of the therapeutic experience. This attention will serve as a foundation for inspiring therapeutic presence, enhancing relational depth, deepening therapeutic intimacy, advancing clinical work, and increasing positive clinical outcomes.
Integrative in its approach, this course includes insights from psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness, nondual awareness, interpersonal neurobiology, and trauma therapy, including but not limited to Philip Bromberg, Darlene Ehrenberg, Allan Shore, Diana Fosha, Janina Fisher, Richard Shwartz, Jon Kabat Zinn, Shari Geller, Tara Brach, and John Welwood.
Exploring Presence is Part 1 of 4 parts in Navigating the Subtleties of Therapeutic Presence in our Core Skills for the Intentional Therapist track (work-in-progress). The second course in this series is called Gaining Permission from the Unconscious and is currently available.
This course is designed specifically for mental health professionals and pre-professionals, yet all helping professionals are welcome to take the course if it feels advantageous to do so. This course in particular is suitable for spiritual counselors and chaplains.
- 12 hours of content!
- CE Units included at no additional charge.
- Course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
- Self-paced course with both written and audio files for each lesson.
- Best suited for beginners to advanced level practitioners, but especially exciting to those looking to enhance their theoretical approaches with self-reflection, self-awareness, and personal/professional growth.
- Course content designed by considering how to expand clinical training to include self-awareness and therapeutic intimacy.
- Practical assignments and exercises at the end of every session.
- Practical learning experiences with case examples, exercises, and meditations.
- Numerous references for deepening presence during and after the course
MEASURABLE LEARNING OBJECTIVES
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- define the therapeutic presence
- describe three main ideas regarding the theory of therapeutic presence and why it is important for all psychotherapeutic approaches
- describe four ways to explore the continuum of therapeutic presence
- identify and explore three qualities that increase the likelihood of recognizing unconditioned presence: curiosity, present-moment awareness, and silence
- describe three main causes of suffering in Bhuddist Psychology
- name and explore three factors that help us facilitate the unfolding internal process, including multilevel listening, self-awareness, and foreground and background
- understand three ways to refine relational presence, including cultivating presence as intimacy, presence as vulnerability, and identifying with the unconditioned Self
- describe three main ways to focus on the immediacy of the interactive experience: mindfulness, relational mindfulness, with particular attention to rupture and repair
- recognize one main obstacle in being fully present with clients
- create an individualized practice that includes applying at least four meditation practices, exercises, or reflections that will serve to deepen professional work while navigating the subtleties of therapeutic presence
Course completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completing the test and evaluation form.
Course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
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- Lectures 42
- Quizzes 1
- Duration 12 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 2
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Yes
DEFINING THERAPEUTIC PRESENCE
EXPLORING PRESENCE IN THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP
RECOGNIZING UNCONDITIONED PRESENCE
- Recognizing Unconditioned Presence
- Meditation: Uncovering Presence and Revealing the Self
- Meditation: Observing the Stillness
- Diagnosis in Buddhist Psychology
- Reflection: Avoidance, Attachment, and Misunderstanding
- Present Moment Awareness
- Reflection: Dropping Into Intentional Silence
ACKNOWLEDGING THE UNFOLDING INTERNAL PROCESSES
FOCUSING ON THERAPEUTIC INTIMACY THAT ENCOURAGES RELATIONAL PRESENCE
ENCOURAGING RELATIONAL PRESENCE
FOCUSING ON THE IMMEDIACY OF THE INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE
CHALLENGE TO THERAPEUTIC PRESENCE