Sat, 02 Feb | Webinar Online

Understanding and resolving ruptures in the therapeutic relationship: a practical skills interactive WEBINAR

The therapeutic relationship is fundamental to good outcomes in any therapy. Yet problems and ruptures to the therapeutic relationship are common and stressful. Join Dr Robert Watson for this reflective workshop, exploring strategies for resolving and repairing problems in this alliance.
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Understanding and resolving ruptures in the therapeutic relationship: a practical skills interactive WEBINAR

Time & Location

02 Feb 2019, 10:00 – 16:30
Webinar Online

About The Event

Workshop presented by Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor, and Vice-Chair of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

The workshop will provide expert teaching, and experiential exercises, allowing delegates to practice skills. Transcripts of rupture events and their resolution from Robert’s clinical work provide real life examples of the theory practice links discussed.

Relevant for:

Clinical & Counselling Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors.

Ticket price: £70

This is a Zoom online fully interactive training session and you will able to work in pairs in breakout rooms during the day. (See "How will the webinar work" in FAQs below).

This is the fourth run of this workshop following its successful first run for the West London Mental Health Trust Personality Disorder Service on 30th April 2018.

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Overview / aims:

Decades of psychotherapy research demonstrates that the therapeutic relationship is fundamental to good outcomes in any therapy. Yet problems and ruptures to the therapeutic relationship are common and stressful, and they can present challenges to therapists across all levels of experience. Understanding and formulating problems in the relationship and making them the focus of collaborative dialogue are all essential components of successfully addressing them.

Is there consensus based on research regarding what are helpful and unhelpful therapist responses to ruptures or strains in the therapeutic relationship? Yes, there is, and interestingly, research suggests that experienced therapists tend to make more unhelpful responses even after intensive training on the subject. Making theory practice links throughout, this workshop will draw on the application of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) tools and skills to focus on what helps and what does not in this workshop designed to help therapists work better when the therapeutic relationship gets stuck. While drawing ideas from CAT, this workshop will be accessible to therapists working across different modalities, including CBT therapists.

This workshop is relevant to the following groups:

This workshop is aimed at CAT therapists and trainees, as well as clinical/counselling psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors who wish to develop their skills in this area of work and/or deepen their relational skills when using other modalities such as CBT. No prior knowledge of CAT is needed.

Previous feedback:

Dr Robert Watson last ran this training for the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy in September 2018.

Of the eleven participants:

6 rated the workshop as excellent, 5 as good.

9 would definitely recommend the workshop to a colleague, 2 perhaps.

10 rated the workshop as extremely relevant to their CAT work

And if you are not a CAT therapist:

9 rated the workshop as extremely relevant to their non-CAT work, 2 of some relevance.

Some examples of what participants have liked so far:

“Discussion about metacommunication and Robert’s willingness to share examples.”

“Brave to offer transcripts. A really helpful day”.

"Very clear guidance of how to notice, understand, and address ruptures. I have had previous lectures on this, but this was the most helpful in practical terms."

"Having more awareness of dynamics and the confidence to speak to clients about it"

"The clinical examples of how to tackle ruptures. Knowing that there is no set way to fix ruptures - it depends on the situation and your own judgement."

Learning objectives:

  • Provide a relational formulation of the therapeutic alliance with an emphasis on interventions as relational acts i.e. the principle that the same intervention can be experienced differently depending on client’s characteristic ways of relating to themselves and others meaning for example, that a thought diary could be experienced as self-affirming by one client or controlling by another.
  • To give you a hopefully straightforward CAT framework for understanding and describing ruptures relationally and how to use these to aid your work.
  • To describe strategies for resolving problems in the alliance and outline a transtheoretical model of rupture resolution that focuses directly on repairing the relationship.
  • Provide participants with practical skills in how to use CAT formulations as a resource for the purposes of therapeutic metacommunication i.e. creating a dialogue that fosters awareness and understanding of the relational patterns between you and your client, so they can be explored and resolved collaboratively.
  • To help you reflect upon the role of vulnerability (both your clients and your own) in rupture events and their resolution.
  • The workshop will provide expert teaching, and experiential exercises, allowing delegates to practice skills. Transcripts of rupture events and their resolution from Robert’s clinical work provide real life examples of the theory practice links discussed.
  • Robert Watson is a Clinical Psychologist with 17 years’ experience and has extensive experience in public and private settings working with clients with complex psychological presentations. He is an accredited CAT therapist and supervisor and is the vice-chair of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

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