Οver the years Michael has run CPD workshops on many different topics in Athens, on the “Embodied Dimensions of Transference”, “Countertransference & Supervision”, “Couple Work”, “Trauma Gestalt and Psychoanalysis”, “How to work when therapy is not working”, and “Dealing with Compassion Fatigue of Psychotherapists”. Anybody who has participated in any of these workshops in recent years as well as new colleagues may be interested in this particular day, which will explore and demonstrate supervision with all these issues in mind.
One of the central principles that Michael has been introducing across these various workshops is the idea that the client's conflict becomes the therapist's conflict. This is a very simple condensed formulation of complex ideas, integrating both humanistic and psychoanalytic traditions, and taking the ideas of transference and countertransference into the notion of enactment. As we explored in the December workshop on compassion fatigue, this has major implications for vicarious traumatisation in the therapeutic position and the therapist’s capacity to contain the work, sustain their practice over time, and maybe even enjoy it.
In this seminar we will have two volunteers for the day, each one bringing one of their clients for supervision, one for the first half and the other for the second half of the day, and that we integrate the supervision demonstration with group discussion and some teaching, arising from the issues of the supervision session.