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(London) The Absorbent Self

Help my empathy is killing me! A training experience offering participants practical insight and knowledge into the negative side of empathy which leaves practitioners vulnerable to absorbing too much of the client’s energy/story and experience thereby dissolving some edges of the interpersonal boundaries between self and other. Emotional contagion leads to the potential for overwhelm, vicarious and secondary traumatic stress. This can also contribute to relational difficulty and conflict with clients through re-enactments. Participants are invited to explore the somatic indicators and early warning signs of overwhelm and compassion fatigue. This workshop explores aspects of self-care which entails developing some important strategies for optimising health and wellbeing to prevent burnout and maintain optimal relational fitness for role. Other topics of focus will include somatic transference and countertransference. Enhancing therapist self-care is examined through laughter, play, self, compassion, support, quality rest and body wisdom through somatic awareness. There will be emphasis on making best use of clinical Supervision to support self-care. Limited Early-bird discount of 15% + booking fee available until 6th February 2019 or until sold out.