This interactive workshop for both counsellors and supervisors will explore the question,
- A necessary component of any worthwhile therapy or
- A dangerous condition known to damage counsellors and supervisors or
- A vanishing way of being in modern society?
Empathy has many models for relational therapy, attachment and trauma. In each of these empathic connection is considered a vital component of a truly healing process. Therapists and clinical supervisors need to recognise, prepare, and deal with the risks of empathy.
Coupled with this is the fact that our current society seems to be losing the empathic touch which may create a different problem for supervisors.
Both having and not having empathy can be dangerous for clients and therapeutic workers.
In this one day interactive workshop participants will be invited to explore the nature of empathy, its relation to trauma and the potential for secondary patterns of traumatisation for supervisees and a tertiary version for supervisors.
The concepts of the “Empathic Bridge” and “Trauma specific co-transference” will be presented in assisting Counsellors and Supervisors remain empathetically present with minimal risk.