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The importance of the soul in therapy
The word soul has multiple roots and meanings and this webcast is an opportunity to explore soul in the context of the therapeutic endeavor. To many therapists, soul is significant and connected to both philosophy and practice of psychotherapy or perhaps even seen as inseparable to our field. And yet, the word soul rarely appears in psychotherapy literature or on practitioners websites.
In this webcast series, we meet with well known practitioners, researchers and writers who have grappled with the dichotomies inherent in the idea, in concepts and meaning in psychotherapy contexts.
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Programme - 6 hours CPD
Session 1: Psychotherapy and the Soul - a classical view
with Thomas Moore Click here to watch a sample preview
We talk to world renowned psychotherapist and author, Thomas Moore, on the complexities of the Soul in these current times. We look at archetypal psychology, psychotherapy, alchemy, spirituality and the imagination when it seems like currently thinking is biased towards tangible and measurable knowledge. Moore suggests that many professions have lost faith and trust in their own thinking as a result of this polarisation. We look at the place of soul in psychotherapy, the "soul story" and the meaning of care for the soul.
Session 2: Research with a soulful perspective
with Professor Robert Romanyshyn
A researcher’s unconscious dynamics are present in the research process. Research is re-search, a searching again for what has already claimed researcher. It is a vocation, a being called into a work that aligns the topic with the complex and archetypal patterns of the researcher’s psyche. Robert discusses processes modeled on the transference relation in psychotherapy which differentiate the researcher’s plans for the work from what the work itself wants. Implications for ethics and the nature of psychological writing are explored.
Session 3: A psychology with a soul
with Lady Diana Whitmore
In this inspiring webcast, Diana Whitmore speaks about the meaning at the heart of a "psychology with a soul" and her motivations to work on putting the soul back into psychology. Reflecting on her understanding of "psycho-spiritual process" in the context of psychotherapy, Diana considers ideas such as deeper spiritual identity as problems connected with meaning and purpose, or meaning and value in life. We also look at the idea of Social Psychosynthesis and her current work with the charity 'Teens and Toddlers UK', founded in 2001 to address the social exclusion of young people
Session 4: Psychotherapy with a soulful perspective
with Chris Robertson Click here to watch a sample preview
Chris Robertson, co-founder of the Re-Vision, speaks about motivation and meaning of holding a soulful perspective at the heart of a training curriculum or in therapy practice. There is the craft of soul-making, a craft that is framed by a circular "re-visioning" theoretical model that integrates a range of ideas and concepts. He looks at the space that emerges between therapist and client, the ‘’soul field’, particularly when a client drops down into something unknown, and many other aspects that emerge in "soulful" therapy.
Session 5: The soul and dreams
with Nigel Hamilton
Soul and dreams are intimately connected and this interview discusses the rich language of dreams in relation to the soul. Drawing on his dream research, Nigel Hamilton looks at different aspects of working with dreams in therapy and how dreams can become a medium to communicate important and significant aspects of the deeply personal in a persons life. In this this interview, we explore dream contexts and connections to archetypes, spirit, transformation and transpersonal psychology.
Session 6: The imaginative and untold soul stories in psychotherapy
with Mary Smail
Mary Smail speaks about her passion for the "untold story", the importance of imaginative responses, and how story telling can be soul making in the psychotherapy context. Mary reflects on her therapeutic work which brings psychotherapy together with movement and creative arts therapy and utilises myth and fairytales. We look at how soul may speak through dreams, images, hunches or intuitions and how therapists can work with such opportunities for change and meaning making
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