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Creativity, Responsiveness and Engagement: Gareth Williams


October 26, 2019 - October 26, 2019 at 10am - 4.30pm

At Wallace House 3 Boswall Road Edinburgh, EH5 3RJ

Cost: early bird £80 by 14th September, thereafter £90 | Organised by person-person.co.uk | Contact: sylvia | Phone: 668 2916 | For profit | There is wheelchair access.

A practical workshop exploring the effective elements of psychotherapy for counsellors and therapists of all orientations.

What makes therapy work?
Drawing on over 75 years of research we will be setting out to clarify the common factors of effective psychotherapy.

In particular we will reflect on the role of relationship, collaboration, consensus on goals and ways to achieve them, confidence and humility, expectation and hope, and especially responsiveness.

We shall consider the place of creativity - what it actually is - and what we can learn from creativity research and the improvisatory arts.

An Experiential and Reflective Workshop
In addition to taught sessions, guided reflections, inquiry and dialogue, it is hoped that there will be one or two opportunities to demonstrate the principles of a common factor approach live.

Referring in particular to the work of Jerome Frank, Arthur Bohart, Joel Weinberger, Bruce Wanpold, and Michael Lombert, we will also consider Carl Rogers' person-centred therapy as a common factors approach.

We shall play with the idea that theories are maps, remembering that although maps can be useful, they are not the territory itself. If we hold on to our maps too tightly we risk missing the actual client him or herself.

Exploring and Discovery
Above all, it is our wish for the day that it proves to be a safe, supportive space for all - a space in which we can explore together and enjoy the process of collaborative discovery and learning.

Gareth Williams
The workshop leader, Gareth Williams has been working as a counsellor for 20 years.
Originally trained in Person-Centred Counselling, Gareth has studied Emotion Focused Therapy, Process Work, Compassion Focused Therapy, ACT and Mindfulness.
As well as counselling, Gareth works as a mindfulness tutor, a supervisor for the Mindfulness Association, and teaches on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Manchester University. He is also a musician with an enthusiasm for creativity.