In this experiential seminar we will focus on the self of the family therapy practitioner, their unique ‘stripes’ or personal characteristics, how these influence their work with families, and any refinements to those stripes that participants may identify for themselves.
On the first day participants are invited to engage in interviews about themselves with me and with one another utilising systemic, reflective, collaborative-dialogical, and narrative methods, therapeutic letters/notes and ethno-poetry.
On the second day we will utilise Moreno’s psychodramatic method to enact family therapy scenarios that participants bring to the seminar, followed by discussion about therapist functioning during the enactments, plans for refining that functioning, and specific role development utilising the role training techniques developed by Max Clayton, the Australian psychodramatist and family psychotherapist. The refinement referred to above involves identification of functioning that is either adequate for purpose, overdeveloped, underdeveloped, conflicted, or absent from a practitioners repertoire (their ‘stripes’).
A constant theme of this seminar is participants’ engagement in personal development work. It is not a seminar on family therapy theories, though theory will be discussed and integrated through practical application. It will involve work to repair aspects of the social and cultural atom of each participant, be that in their family of origin where they inherited many of their ‘stripes’ or in their present day familial and social groups, including in their workplaces. Deep personal work is likely to be undertaken in the context of these settings and participants will benefit most from the seminar if they come along ready to engage in personal therapeutic processes.
Craig Whisker is a New Zealander who initially trained in social work (1990-1992) specialising in hospital outpatient child and adolescent mental health utilising family therapy, where he worked until 2005. Later he completed training in psychodrama (2000-2007) and registered as a psychotherapist working in private practice seeing individuals, couples, families, and groups, and as a family therapy and group work trainer. In 2021 he completed a PhD on the situation of family therapy in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Sprache: Englisch mit (bei Bedarf) unterstützender, deutscher Übersetzung