The CREATIVE "PEDAGOGY" of CREATIVE EXISTENTIAL PSYCHOTHERAPY
My training is inductive, experiential and highly creative.
As each group comprises professionals from two or three professions – psychotherapists, child psychiatrists, clinical psychologists - working in different contexts, coming from different schools of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, psychology, medicine etc. and with varied experience, it is important that I ensure
* everyone has a new experience and a wider conceptual framework that encourages an opening unique for each person and yet common to all, but with no sense of obligation to adopt everything nor all at once. The training is a gradual, progressive process;
* that three levels of the students' creativity are addressed so s/he can best encourage these in their client:
- personal innate creativity, which is not a question of artistic or aesthetic "anything";
- the interpersonal creativity of the therapeutic relation, which changes
progressively over time;
- the capacity to live creatively and profit from participating in, and receiving from, our cultural world.
Over time I have realised that a training pedagogy that itself recognises and facilitates the four dimensions of human experience (the natural body sensations; the social wider relations; the personal emotional and intimate relations; the meaning dimensions) will facilitate openness in the therapist's potentiality to be, and to be creative, therapeutically in relation. Having opened a creative space the therapist must learn not to then intrude or interfere in the potential space "between". Yet there is need to learn ways of creatively exploring and at times confronting restricted ways of being as the therapeutic process progresses.
During the training the therapist will gain the confidence to creatively confront, for her / himself, the existential issues that are underlying so many of their clients' problems.
The training group is in no way a therapy group, nor supervision group, or focussed on an analysis of group dynamics. The mutual respect and containment that is generated does allow however for a rich professional creative and transformative experience.
This very brief Outline of the Course Contents mentions some of the subjects that will be explored in each session. Throughout the course experiential work progressively introduces the C.E.T. therapeutic relationship, concepts and creative practice.
Practice with different CREATIVE MEDIA is introduced in each session, for example puppets, construction with recycled stuff, water tray, doll's house, painting, clay. Some, like sandplay, reappear throughout the course.