Working within a two-person psychology has been the major explorative work in relational psychotherapy, including Relational Transactional Analysis in recent years. For some therapists sharing their emotional responses was not considered part of the therapeutic relationship and kept apart from it. The therapist’s personal responses were traditionally considered as part of their supervision and personal therapy and it was seen as inappropriate to share these with clients.
In the last 30 – 40 years, there has been growing recognition that as therapists, our responses, including our vulnerabilities and fallibilities, are inevitably evoked and are co-created within the work. Self-disclosure of these phenomena is considered an important aspect in the pursuit of a relational understanding of ourselves and our clients together – moving towards the goal of the transformation of client’s lives. This change of the therapist’s position in relation to the client is seen to enhance the experience of mutual dialogue and the dynamics of co-regulation and co-creativity.
The self-disclosure debate has brought important ethical questions which we will consider in this webinar. Accounting for power dynamics is central to ethical practice, thus we will consider the following questions: – What are the principles and ethics involved in the therapist’s consideration of whether or not to self-disclose? How do we account for the asymmetry in terms of responsibility for the process? Is the permission to be vulnerable a validation of the therapist’s humanity or an open gateway for oppressive practice? Is self-disclosure an over-used technique? How might the theories of self-disclosure be used defensively?
Ray Little is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer based in Edinburgh, Scotland and is a founding member of IARTA. He has been working as a psychotherapist for over thirty years. The therapeutic focus for Ray is with the transference-countertransference relationship, with the therapeutic method primarily focused on the here-&-now of the therapeutic dyad. Ray won the Eric Berne Memorial Award in 2019 “in recognition of an original and highly significant theoretical and practical contribution made to the field of transactional analysis” (ITAA). This award was made specifically in recognition of three articles, including one entitled: Ego State Relational Units and Resistance to Change (2006).
Carole Shadbolt MSc, (Psych).CTA TSTA CQSW Dip.App. Soc.Sci Dip Supervision UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. Maintains an independent clinical and supervisory practice, has authored several articles and is a founder member of The International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis.
Karen Minikin is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer (TSTA (P)) currently working in West Somerset and Devon. She draws on history with personal life experience and uses this in relating to help integrate the psychodynamics of politics and power within a relational framework. She has written on these themes in chapters to books and articles. These include contributions to the Transactional Analysis Journal and Psychotherapy and Politics International, currently edited by Keith Tudo
This workshop is targeted at all qualifications from the psychotherapy fields and will be recorded.
IARTA Members £25 – Non-members £50.00
Ticket sales will close on Friday 30th June at 12 noon.
Please note this workshop will be recorded.
The Zoom Link will be sent out to all participants the day before the event.