Centre for Existential Practice

 

Centre for Existential Practice

Counselling & Psychotherapy

The practice of existential counselling and psychotherapy is grounded in 3000 years of Western philosophy, involving itself with the everyday concerns of human existence. The focus is on the client's experience of their world rather than a reliance on external theories or specific techniques.

The relationship between practitioner and client is paramount. It is where two humans encounter each other and enter into a dialogue that allows exploration and challenge of the client's worldview with regard to their values, beliefs and emotional attitude about life. Simultaneously, this exploration allows for the physical, social, private and spiritual dimensions to be brought into focus.

All courses and workshops will integrate the philosophy of existentialism into a practical context.

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2014 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

Sydney Workshops 2014

 

Walking into the Void - How to be with suicidal despair

CHANGE OF DATES FROM MARCH TO NOVEMBER


2-day workshop (Syd)
Saturday & Sunday 1st and 2nd November 2014

PD Points: 12


What happens when despair is so great that it feels like it can’t be spoken about. Perhaps the intensity of the despair is so great that the person loses a sense of self and feels like they become the despair. It can be hard to live in the world when you feel you are ‘despair’ personified, so silence descends around the despair and the person becomes disconnected from life. Life becomes the space between living and dying – a liminal place - on the threshold of life and death, a void perhaps?


Using a phenomenological approach this workshop will invite participants to explore these ideas as a way of working with the suicidal urge, by considering despair as an expression of a person feeling that they cannot be ‘how they are’ in ‘the world as they see it is’. By stepping into the void and moving towards the suicidal person’s despair we can invite them to re-connect to the world and bring a voice into the silence around their despair. By disrupting the silence and disconnection we may see that the suicidal urge is in fact a call to live life more fully, rather than a call to die in despair.

Course Facilitators: Greg Roberts

Cost $525 - * $420 Early Bird

 

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Yalom and more - Working with existential process


2-day workshop (Syd)
Saturday & Sunday 22 & 23 February 2014

PD Points: 12

Yalom is known for his work as an Existential therapist and for his interpersonal approach to working with groups in the 'here and now'. This workshop will unite these two elements allowing for a way of working with the existential themes as and when they emerge in the group.

 

Course Facilitator: Adam McLean

Cost: $525 - * $420 Early Bird

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Wheel of Supervision Part 2

Roles & Responsibilities of the Supervisor - practicing the diversity of supervision
5 day workshop (Syd)
Monday 17th to Friday 21st March 2014

PD Points: 36


This 5-day workshop extends and deepens the themes explored in the Part 1 workshop and participants will benefit from both the discussions and the depth of practice as a supervisor.


More specifically, the different roles and responsibilities of the supervisor will be closely examined against a backdrop of varying case scenarios and across the variety of client groups that supervisors are likely to encounter within private practice, in organisations and in the corporate world.

Personal values, beliefs and assumptions within the relational world of the supervisor, supervisee and client will form the basis of understanding and practice across the diversity of our profession.

Workshop Description (PDF)

 

Course Facilitators: Dr Alison Strasser & Adam McLean

Cost: $1,230 - * $990 Early Bird

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The Metaphorical Bridge
Using Art Therapy to Connect our Inner & Outer Worlds


1-day workshop (Syd)
Friday 16th May 2014

PD Points: 6

A 1 day course which uses both an 'art therapy' and an 'art as therapy' approach to gaining insights about patterns of behaviour influenced by past experiences. Art therapy provides a way of connecting to our inner world and of deepening our awareness in order to work towards personal growth and authenticity.

This will be an experiential workshop - all materials will be provided.



Course Facilitator: Sue Wildman

Cost: $350 - *$280 Early Bird

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Expanding the Space - Creativity in Supervision

1-day workshop (Syd)
Thursday 8th May 2014

PD Points: 6

Supervision is usually about the conversation - the conversations between supervisee and client and then between supervisor and supervisee. This highly experiential day will use a variety of different creative approaches to enhance and expand beyond the immediate conversations.



Course Facilitator: Dr Alison Strasser & Adam McLean

 

Cost: $350 - *$280 Early Bird

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Wheel of Supervision Part 1
Worldview of Supervision
- understanding the theory, beliefs & attitudes of the supervisory relationship

5 x 1-day workshops (Syd)
Thursdays - 15th May, 22nd May, 29th May, 5th June & 12th June 2014

PD Points: 36

 

Supervision is a profession in its own right. To work as a supervisor requires learning specific skills that are additional to those used when working as a counsellor, coach or psychotherapist.

This course has evolved from in-depth research conducted by Dr Alison Strasser that has now become known as the Wheel of Supervision. Within this Wheel are found the universal themes that are present in all modes of supervision and which form the basis of this program.

This Supervision Training Course is designed for practitioners who are now ready to work as a supervisor and are senior practitioners in their field. The main focus of this training is the understanding and development of the inter-relational aspects of supervision within the tasks and responsibilities inherent in being a supervisor. Various supervision models will be explored and participants are encouraged to develop their personal model of supervision and thereby maximise best practice for themselves and their supervisees. Hence, the course is designed from an integrative perspective against the backdrop of phenomenological research.

Part 1 can be taken as a course in its own right. However, it is recommended that participants follow through with the second part of the supervision training to gain a more in-depth understanding of their own practice and to attain the standards for membership of both PACFA and AAOS.

It is expected that all participants will meet the criteria for eligibility as a clinical member of PACFA - a requirement being a minimum of 5 years experience as a practitioner in counselling, psychotherapy or coaching.

Workshop Description (PDF):


Course Facilitator: Dr Alison Strasser & Adam McLean

Cost: $1,230 - *$990 Early Bird

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What’s it all about? - Getting to Grips with Existential Theory & Practice

3-day workshop (Syd)
Thursday 17th July to Saturday 19th July 2014

PD Points: 18

This 3-day Intensive workshop introduces participants to the fundamental philosophical concepts that inform the practice of existential counselling and psychotherapy. It will include an overview of the major existential/phenomenological philosophers and also incorporate the thinking of current practitioners working within this modality. Time will be allocated to allow participants to practice the elements of existential work.

The workshop is suitable for practitioners who wish to incorporate existential notions of theory and practice into their work.

Course Facilitator: Dr Alison Strasser & Adam McLean

 

Cost: $750 - * $665 Early Bird

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Love and Intimacy - Relationships beyond Sex

1-day workshop (Syd)
Friday 25th July 2014

PD Points: 6


The existential philosophers define love as emanating from relationship; the relationship we have with our parents, syblings, friends, environment, culture, religion and ultimately with ourselves. Love and learning to love can be defined as an art, one that can be cultivated and cherished as an expression of intimacy. This workshop will explore the relationship we have with love and how this can either prevent or enhance our connection with others.



Course Facilitators: Dr Alison Strasser & Adam McLean

Cost: $350 - *$280 Early Bird

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Knowing how to Learn and Learning how to Know

1-day workshop (Syd)
Friday 29th August 2014

PD Points: 6

This workshop will explore the interplay between our reflective, cognitive mode of understanding and learning and our intuitive responses to living as a way of learning. It will offer the opportunity to explore some of Heidegger's ideas about meditative thinking that views learning as an embodied, dialogical and existential activity involving our own personal feelings and responses as well as our feelings and responses to others.

 

Course Facilitator: Dr Steven Segal

Cost: $350 - * $280 Early Bird

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In the Mood – Living with the Compass of Emotions

2-day workshop (Syd)
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th September 2014

PD Points: 12

"By actively listening and absorbing what is being said, an individual's emotions can become one of the most valuable tools in therapy" (Strasser F, 1999)

This workshop will expand on the existential concept of mood and how mood connects with emotions and feelings. We will explore a range of emotions such as anger, joy, sadness and guilt and examine how to question and reveal a person's worldview.


Course Facilitators: Dr Alison Strasser & Adam McLean

Cost $525 - * $420 Early Bird

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Bringing it all together - Integration of Existential Theory and Practice

5-day workshop (Syd)
Monday 20th to Friday 24th October 2014

PD Points: 36

This five day workshop builds on the 3-day introduction to Existential Theory and Practice by exploring the philosophical foundations in more detail and expanding on the application of the philosophy into the counselling and psychotherapy sphere.

Participants will be encouraged to critically examine the work of the major existential/phenomenological philosophers and to analyse how these views are meaningful in the practise of existentialism in today’s world. Concurrently, participants will be asked to examine their practise with regards to client's issues, beliefs, emotions and world-views in a manner that respects the client's autonomy within an existential-phenomenological perspective of the therapeutic relationship and process.


Course Facilitators: Dr Alison Strasser & Adam McLean

Cost: $1,230 - * $990 Early Bird

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Putting it into Perspective - The Worldview and what it means to you and your clients

1-day workshop (Syd)
Saturday 1st November 2014

PD Points: 6

Our worldview is the sum total of how we each create our meanings, our beliefs, values, theories about life in general and relationships both intimate and social. It allows us to feel secure in a world that is often uncertain and insecure.

This workshop will explore how our worldview effects every aspect of who we are, how we live and what is important to us. Clients often arrive in therapy when their worldview is shaken, when they are experiencing crisis in meaning. We will explore the client's worldview; the choices inherent in their frame of reference, how this has led to their current situation and how they can shift their perception and make different choices.



Course Facilitators: Dr Alison Strasser & Adam McLean,

Cost $350 - * $280 Early Bird

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What sense do you make of it? - Exploring the Spiritual World


1-day workshop (Syd)
Saturday 28th November 2014

PD Points: 6

Existentialism has a reputation of being both athiest and depressing. However, we live in a world that constantly surprises us and offers us the opportunity to find new ways of living, new pathways to finding spiritual direction.

Current existentialism recognises the duality of life and the constant shift between hope and hopelessness. We cannot lead a meaningful or purposeful life without a belief that we do things for a reason. This workshop will explore the creative edge of having a spiritual sense that defines meaning, direction and ultimate purpose.

 

Course Facilitators: Dr Alison Strasser & Adam McLean

Cost $350 - * $280 Early Bird

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MELBOURNE WORKSHOPS 2014

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Quest for Hope and Happiness - The Challenge of Living a Fulfilling Life

 

1 day workshop (Melb)
Friday 14th February 2014

PD Points: 6

Two key aims of existential therapy are to facilitate our clients to choose 
to live passionately and to recognise their strengths and their weaknesses.

As therapists, how do we navigate our way through the paradox of harnessing a courageous resolution for life at the same time as a courageous acceptance of uncertainty?

In this workshop we will consider the notions of hope and happiness
and the possibilities for working with clients in ways that allows for hope.
Together we will explore the differences between hope for a happy life
and something that embraces the paradox of resolution and uncertainty.

 

Course Facilitator: Adam McLean,

Cost $350 - * $280 Early Bird

 

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Wheel of Supervision Part 2

Roles & Responsibilities of the Supervisor - practicing the diversity of supervision

5 day workshop (Melb)
Saturday 15th to Wednesday 19th February 2014

PD Points: 36

This 5-day workshop extends and deepens the themes explored in the Part 1 workshop and participants will benefit from both the discussions and the depth of practice as a supervisor.


More specifically, the different roles and responsibilities of the supervisor will be closely examined against a backdrop of varying case scenarios and across the variety of client groups that supervisors are likely to encounter within private practice, in organisations and in the corporate world.

Personal values, beliefs and assumptions within the relational world of the supervisor, supervisee and client will form the basis of understanding and practice across the diversity of our profession.

Workshop Description (PDF)

 

Course Facilitators: Dr Alison Strasser & Adam McLean,

Cost $1,230 - * $990 Early Bird

 

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The Forgotten Heart of Grief

Love as the Bridge between the Living and the Dead


1-day workshop (Melb)
Friday 23rd May 2014

PD Points: 6

Colin Murray-Parkes tells us that "grief is the price paid for love" which is to say that when we love and care for someone, the love does not leave us when that person dies, this love instead triggers our grief. It could be suggested that grief is indeed an experience of love that has no person to be directed towards and no place to be expressed, other than as grief.

In this workshop, we will explore the idea that grief is a functional aspect of being human, that calls us to reflect on the significance of the person who has died and importantly, to gradually find ways to continue to express love and caring for the person who has died, in their absence. Together we will consider the concept that this is done through a transformed symbolic and internally held relationship to the deceased.

During the workshop, practice based ideas will be shared about how we, as counsellors and therapists, facilitate this transformed relationship with the dead. While this workshop will focus on grief following the death of a person, many of the concepts will apply to grief associated with other losses.

 

Course Facilitators: Greg Roberts

Cost: $350 - * $280 Early Bird

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Wheel of Supervision Part 1

Worldview of Supervision
- understanding the theory, beliefs & attitudes of the supervisory relationship

5 day workshop (Melb)
Saturday 30th June to Friday 4th July 2014

PD Points: 36

Supervision is a profession in its own right. To work as a supervisor requires learning specific skills that are additional to those used when working as a counsellor, coach or psychotherapist.

This course has evolved from in-depth research conducted by Dr Alison Strasser that has now become known as the Wheel of Supervision. Within this Wheel are found the universal themes that are present in all modes of supervision and which form the basis of this program.

This Supervision Training Course is designed for practitioners who are now ready to work as a supervisor and are senior practitioners in their field. The main focus of this training is the understanding and development of the inter-relational aspects of supervision within the tasks and responsibilities inherent in being a supervisor. Various supervision models will be explored and participants are encouraged to develop their personal model of supervision and thereby maximise best practice for themselves and their supervisees. Hence, the course is designed from an integrative perspective against the backdrop of phenomenological research.

Part 1 can be taken as a course in its own right. However, it is recommended that participants follow through with the second part of the supervision training to gain a more in-depth understanding of their own practice and to attain the standards for membership of both PACFA and AAOS.

It is expected that all participants will meet the criteria for eligibility as a clinical member of PACFA - a requirement being a minimum of 5 years experience as a practitioner in counselling, psychotherapy or coaching.

Workshop Description (PDF):

 

Course Facilitators: Dr Alison Strasser & Adam McLean,

Cost $1,230 - * $990 Early Bird

 

Register your interest

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Yalom and more - Working with existential process

 

2-day workshop (Melb)
Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd August 2014

PD Points: 12

Yalom is known for his work as an Existential therapist and for his interpersonal approach to working with groups in the 'here and now'. This workshop will unite these two elements allowing for a way of working with the existential themes as and when they emerge in the group.

 

Course Facilitators: Adam McLean

Cost $525 - * $420 Early Bird

 

Register your interest

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In the Mood – Living with the Compass of Emotions


2-day workshop (Melb)
Thursday 9th and Friday 10th October 2014

PD Points: 12

"By actively listening and absorbing what is being said, an individual's emotions can become one of the most valuable tools in therapy" (Strasser F, 1999)

This workshop will expand on the existential concept of mood and how mood connects with emotions and feelings. We will explore a range of emotions such as anger, joy, sadness and guilt and examine how to question and reveal a person's worldview.

 


Course Facilitators: Dr Alison Strasser

Cost: $525 - * $420 Early Bird

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Accountability or Freedom – The Responsible Supervisor’s Approach

1-day workshop (Melb)
Friday 14th November 2014

PD Points: 6

Responsibility generally denotes ideas of accountability, of personal duty or obligation. In relation to supervision it urges us to examine the nature of responsibility from a clinical, legal and ethical perspective. Adding responsiblity to the supervisor's role brings forth additional ideas of freedom, awareness and choice.

This workshop will explore the issues that surround responsibility and accountability in the context of the client, supervisee, the supervisor and the wider community. Participants will be asked to reflect on their own work to gain a greater understanding of their role as a Responsible Supervisor.

Course Facilitators: Dr Alison Strasser

Cost $350 - * $280 Early Bird

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Putting it into Perspective - The Worldview and what it means to you and your clients

1-day workshop (Melb)
Friday 5th December 2014

PD Points: 6

Our worldview is the sum total of how we each create our meanings, our beliefs, values, theories about life in general and relationships both intimate and social. It allows us to feel secure in a world that is often uncertain and insecure.

This workshop will explore how our worldview effects every aspect of who we are, how we live and what is important to us. Clients often arrive in therapy when their worldview is shaken, when they are experiencing crisis in meaning. We will explore the client's worldview; the choices inherent in their frame of reference, how this has led to their current situation and how they can shift their perception and make different choices.


Course Facilitators: Dr Alison Strasser & Adam McLean,

 

Cost $350 - * $280 Early Bird

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