What is Pre-Therapy?
Pre-Therapy is the term for work with clients who are distressed and out of psychological contact prior to or during therapy. It is a method and approach to bringing people back into psychological contact who are in some way ‘contact-impaired’ due to aspects of autism, learning disability, psychosis, dementia, terminal illness, or brain damage; it is also useful with clients who exhibit various forms of psychological ‘difficult process’, such as dissociation and disconnection through experiences such as trauma or abuse.
Pre-Therapy is particularly effective with people who are in states of severe agitation and confusion. This way of working can be used by therapists and all staff and carers supporting and working therapeutically with such clients and service users, enabling therapeutic work with clients who would not normally access therapy due to lack of psychological contact.
This four day training will offer a mixture of theory, experiential working and skills practice, underpinned by a set of competences for pre-therapy developed by Robert Elliott, Pete Sanders and Lorna Carrick. We will also explore legal and ethical aspects of counselling vulnerable populations in relation to pre-therapy interventions.
The specific topics to be covered include:
Day 1 Introduction to Pre-Therapy looking at the theoretical origins of Pre-Therapy in PCT/EFT with some experiential exercises and skills practice throughout
Day 2 Exploring Pre-Therapy competencies and legislative implications when working with vulnerable adults and children. Exploration of psychopathology in relation to skills practice.
Day 3 Skills training using recorded experiential exercises to gain deeper contact in addition to live demos
Day 4 Examining the phenomenological framework and measurement in relation to Pre-Therapy. Video work on Pre-Therapy and reflection on skills practice. Course evaluation and closing.
Who is this course for?
The course is for participants who are familiar with the core conditions of the Person-Centred Approach. Level 1 aims to equip participants to achieve readiness to practice Pre-Therapy in client work. The competences will be further developed and evaluated by Lorna Carrick and Anna Robinson and will be made available to participants.
In order to keep costs to a minimum, catering is not included.
Register via our online shop at: http://onlineshop.strath.ac.uk/